New York Fashion Week kicks off this week, showcasing the upcoming collections the top designers from the U.S. have to offer. Here at MyBag, we can’t wait to see what the new season will bring and to celebrate, we’re taking a look at some of our favourite American bags and accessories brands.
Calvin Klein has been going since 1968, when Klein opened up a coat shop in New York City. He soon expanded his womenswear collection, receiving his first Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award in 1973 and becoming one of the most famous jeans designers of his generation. But it was the 1980s that really put Calvin Klein into the spotlight, when the brand released its new line of men’s underwear that has been widely credited with radicalising the market in America.
Known as much for its controversial ad campaigns as its iconic underwear and minimalist aesthetic, Calvin Klein has been causing a stir ever since a 15-year-old Brooke Shields delivered that infamous line: “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” A decade later and a young Kate Moss and Marky Mark starred in one of the most recognised campaigns of the ‘90s; which has recently been recreated by Lara Stone and Justin Bieber.
Here at MyBag, though, we’re all about the bags and accessories. Calvin Klein bags fit in with its timeless, minimalist and classic American style – think sleek black ‘90s-inspired backpacks, mini cross body bags and satchels that marry fashion and function. Shop the full Calvin Klein collection on MyBag.
If there’s one brand that has lead the way in sunglasses trends, it’s Ray-Ban. Established in 1937, the iconic brand initially designed sunglasses for US Army Service pilots, and the aviator was born. The style was soon picked up as a stylish piece of eyewear and Ray-Ban went on to create future classics such as the Wayfarer and Clubmaster. Films such as Rebel Without a Cause, Risky Business and Top Gun put Ray-Ban sunglasses on the world stage, firmly cementing their status as a must-have fashion accessory.
Today, they continue to be the sunglasses brand of choice for rock royalty, movie stars and fashionistas around the world – loved for their iconic, classic styles and instant element of cool that they bring to every look. Now offering a wide range of styles, finishes and colours, Ray-Ban has a pair of sunglasses to suit every style. Shop the Ray-Ban collection on MyBag.
Rebecca Minkoff has been the go-to handbag designer for celebrities and the fashion set for years. Having founded her eponymous label in 2001, Minkoff was catapulted onto the world stage in 2005 when she created the ‘Morning After Bag’ – designed to fit in everything a woman needs should the occasion arise (change of clothes and pair of shoes included).
The iconic bag has gained fans in the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba and Agyness Deyn, and mini and clutch versions have since been made. Following the huge success of the ‘M.A.B’, Minkoff continued with her handbags line, and has become one of the most sought-after designers of our generation. Her styles are classic and transcend trends but she isn’t afraid to have a little fun, adding her signature gold hardware, playful prints and pops of colour to her array of handbags. Shop the full Rebecca Minkoff collection on MyBag.
Lauren Ralph Lauren
Without a doubt, Ralph Lauren has come to epitomise the modern, preppy American lifestyle. Launching his eponymous label in 1966, Lauren began selling European-style neckties in New York City, growing the brand to unprecedented heights ever since. The Ralph Lauren range soon encompassed menswear, womenswear, fragrances and a number of diffusion lines including Polo Ralph Lauren and Rugby Ralph Lauren.
Among these diffusion lines (and we’d argue, the best) is Lauren Ralph Lauren, a timeless yet contemporary handbags and accessories line. Staying true to the Ralph Lauren classic style, Lauren Ralph Lauren bags are sleek, timeless and sophisticated with that addition of subtle glamour and luxury. From wear-anywhere tote bags to on-trend ‘70s-inspired suede messenger bags and bucket bags, Lauren Ralph Lauren is a must-have in any woman’s handbag collection. Shop the full Lauren Ralph Lauren collection on MyBag.
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