Author: Jana

A Dream Of A Bag by Mansur Gavriel

BUCKET-BAG

A few days ago I promised to show you my new Mansur Gavriel bucket bag in black / ballerina. This bag is so pretty. The leather feels smooth, but also strong and it smells so good. I own the regular bucket bag and I am happy that the bag is so roomy. I can easily put a camera in it, and there’s still enough room for more stuff. Let me tell you some more facts about the two women who founded Mansur Gavriel in 2012.

“We met and two days later, we started to design” are the words you can read on the site of Rachel Mansur (from Berlin) and Floriana Gavriel (from L.A.). The style of the New York based label is minimal and elegant, but with a cool twist. The colour scheme reaches from warm, natural and muted colours to timeless black, mixed with cool pop-colours on the inside of the bags. During the production in Italy, the leather is vegetable tanned and manufactured through age-old craftmanship.

I saved my money and it’s totally worth it. This label has reached a unbelieveable status in such a short time. If you want to get your hands on a Mansur Gavriel bag, you have to be as fast as a cheetah and as sly as a fox. Many people are outraged about the limited restock of the bags and I can understand their disappointment. I was sitting almost a whole day in front of several devices and refreshed my browser to see if the bags have been restocked. It was crazy. It was exhausting. But it was worth it. Now I know that I’ll never make fun again of people who are camping in front of an apple store to get the newest products. I’ve experienced something similar.

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Finally Arrived

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After saving my money and waiting for months, I “survived” the insane Mansur Gavriel relaunch on 9th December. You can read about it here. My order took unbelievable long and never-ending 13 days to arrive at my front door in Germany. Not very fast, but I am happy I could receive my bag before christmas (thanks Santa, thanks MG and thanks to all the people who brought the bag all the way from NY to me). In a couple of days I will show you even more beautiful photos of the bag, which everyone hates and loves at the same time.

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You Think This Is Just A Bag?

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Oh what a crazy day. I think I’ve never been in front of a computer, a tablet or my phone for such a long time (19 hours – not constantly). If you wonder why I was “forced” to stay in front of these devices, here is the answer: I wanted to get hold of a Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag during their relaunch on 9th December. Oh yes I am talking about the bag, which is constantly sold-out. But I was quick enough and probably had big luck yesterday. I can tell you it was quite an experience. If you want to know how I made it, let me tell you the whole story…

It all started with the hint for a “restock in December” on the Mansur Gavriel website. Some days ago MG announced that the relaunch will be on 9th December. But what time exactly? A day can be long! People from all over the world waited for this relaunch and they were waiting in different time zones. I waited since 6am MEZ, cause I thought that there might be a chance for the shop to relaunch at midnight in New York. But nothing happened. I was equipped with my phone and a tablet, when I left the house for a longer time. And I saved the article-site of my favorite bag as starting page on Firefox.

Well MG likes to post news on Instagram, so I started following them there. Now it get’s interesting: Thanks to all the comments on their campaign-photos I could experience how people from all over the world handled this insane relaunch-situation of constant refreshing the browser.

People from australia (and others in their time-zone) really had to fight for these bags. One after another gave up, because it was in the middle of the night. Many people commented and asked for the exact relaunch-time, but MG could only answer with: “Unfortunately we do not have a specific time to release, but it will be later today, daytime EST / NYC time.” This statement led to much frustration. People got angry and frustrated cause they took a day off from work, or sold their tickets for a concert to get their hands on one, or two of those bags (the purchase for each person is limited to two bags).

It all started getting quite interesting when people made comments, which are too funny for words. Or they told us about their frustration. Here are some good examples…

“Well…3:30 am in Aus I just can’t stay up anymore. Hoping there will be a black backpack left when I wake! Big sigh…” @miriamyassa

“Let’s just hope your website won’t crash. I just feel bad for these girls (and some guys) who has been staying up all night refreshing the browser. Pregnant ladies who refused to give birth until they purchased the bags. Starving teenagers who turned down One Direction’s concerts to wait for the website to go live. Wait…WHERE AM I? And who are you people??” @hellonathan

“I will never laugh again about people camping in front of the apple store I SWEAR” @la_palmerie

“May the best women (or men) win!!! Happy Hunger Games.” @hellonathan

” “Thank you for your patience” = translation: “We are having our morning latte and watch you crazy folks go nut buckets.” @hellonathan

“They’ve built enough excitement already. GO for Pete’s sake. Everyone’s gonna get fired! Kids aren’t getting picked up!” @camprip

“First and last time, after this wheather or not I get my bag, I am unfollowing @mansurgavriel and not bothering with any ‘new’ releases.” @maketodayhappen

“The excitement is gone. There’s just rage now.” @acchoiii

“IMPORTANT announcement: You guys, each @mansurgavriel bag will come with a free therapy session. We are SO SORRY for the inconvenience (not really).” @hellonathan

“@hellonathan You are so right. “It’s easy for someone to pass by and say »it’s just a handbag« ” → This reminds me of a scene from the devil wears prada: “You think this is just a magazine, hmm? This is not just a magazine. This is a shining beacon of hope…” Oh yes…” @janatoldme

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It was round about 8pm MEZ and 2pm in NYC when the shop relaunched. It took a view minutes to a view hours until the bags were sold out. I am not sure if there are any left right now. I am pretty sorry for the people who had problems with the checkout-system. Some credit cards weren’t accepted and even PayPal didn’t work out.

I hope Mansur Gavriel learned from the whole situation and is going to set a time for the new relaunch in March. Of course it is “a little bit” crazy to be so addicted to those bags. But come on, they are absolutely minimal-beautiful and rare and we are just human. I think everyone has something special on his / her wishlist (and saves money for it). Many people are angry about the fact, that the bags have been sold out in a couple of minutes. Why are you so angry? When it comes to other shopping-events it’s the same. Think of the H&M Designer Cooperations. Nobody says a word about the stock of the products there. I defend Mansur Gavriel and their “stock-problems”. They launched in 2012 and they still are a small company.

Lucky me, I could order a black bucket bag with ballerina interior and this will be my first expensive designer bag. The shipping costs were quite high, but they include tax and duty. I hope I’ll receive my bag before christmas.

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Have A Talk With Iris Apfel

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Enjoy this honest interview with Iris Apfel and Leandra Medine (manrepeller.com) talking about style in 2014, identification with yourself, and tips for a happy marriage. Believe me, the 2:24 minutes are worth it.


There are many questions answered by Iris Apfel that I love. For example when Leandra asked her about the madness with her bracelets: “No madness at all. I mean I think it’s important, I think everybody should look well. When you start to take it all too seriously it’s a curse.” When it comes to fashion, I sometimes find myself thinking about an outfit too seriously. Maybe you know that situation: You dress up for a special event and you can’t help but wonder if you wear the right shoes or the right dress, or the right jacket. Or when you’ve got that extraordinary piece in your wardrobe but you never find an occasion to wear it (I’m sure Iris would simply create an occasion). That’s why I like the way she handles it. It may explains the way Iris dresses. In another moment Iris tells her opinion about getting to know yourself: “First you have to know yourself. If you don’t know yourself, then just forget it. Know yourself is not the easiest thing in the world and is often very painful. And takes a long time…I think that’s the greatest fashion faux-pas is people look in the mirror and they see somebody else.” And it is unbelievable that this woman is already 93 years old (and married for 67 years). Congratulations Iris Apfel.

FASHION FILM

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The following film plays with prejudices of how a fashion film should be: dreamy, arty, with a kind of coolness and casualness, but still individual and chic at the same time. Oh and the actress starring in this short film is Lizzy Caplan.