Fashion-able: Totes, buckets, satchels & more

We On The Fourth Floor understand that not all bags can transition through the seasons. Our bulky black leather purse we’ve been toting around for eight months, while gorgeous, can be a bit heavy and dark when temperatures start to soar. 

We’ve compiled a few handbags we’re coveting, from all different price points, that we think would make a good addition to our summer ensembles. Not to mention also great if you need any Fourth Floor gift ideas. 😉

First up is the always-popular PS1 satchel by Proenza Schouler ($1488), but in a great tropical print. As we’re sure you’ve seen a certain ubiquitous neon satchel, nothing says summer like a fun, bright bag. It may be a bit pricey, but FASHION shows us how to rationalize this investment piece. (Both Natalie & Christina are big fans).

On the other hand Kylie would opt for a classic M.A.C. (Morning After Clutch) by Rebecca Minkoff bag in an army green colour. Always thinking ahead she comments that “their fall colours include maroon and green. They are all pretty beautiful and I’m a big fan of the gold hardware.”


This practical chic Filson ($300) satchel caught the eye of Abby who thinks It’s cute, will last forever and the long strap also means that I can wear it while riding my bike. Score.”

For a classic tote at a higher price point Andie opted for a Prada bag ($1730) she’s had her eye on for a while, “I could wear this bag in any season. Though I’m a little wary of a lighter colour getting dirty, I think its the perfect size for taking from day to night. Definitely a good investment.”

Erin is in the mindset for summer and says “all I need is my bright pink rattan beach bag for my towel, sunscreen and a good magazine,” which makes this Rebecca Minkoff tote ($206) perfect for a jaunt to the beach. 

The newest member to our Fourth Floor crew Christie, is a self-proclaimed loyal Coco-follower and heavy advocate of the double C’s. Often the 2.55 is A. overdone and B. not always summer friendly,” but would opt for this Chanel metallic python version if money was no object. Price point? Not in our budgets.  

If money was no object, which bag would have your eye on? 

Fashion-able: Packing Petite and Pretty

One open closet. One empty suitcase. The natural inclination is to hurl all your clothes into that duffel and be on your merry way to the airport – you never know what you might need. But if you don’t have an entourage à la Mariah Carey, you may want to rethink bringing the whole wardrobe shebang.
 With our tips, you can alleviate the backbreaking labour of carting around your precious cargo.
Here are our top tips for traveling light and stylish on your next vacation.
Colour coordinate all your outfits. Opt for neutrals like black, white, khaki and denim, and throw in a pop of colour in the form of a lacy camisole, chunky necklace or fitted tee. All pieces that pack punch without taking up prime real estate in your suitcase.
Toss in strong, re-wearable pieces that can take your jeans and tee or fab maxi dress into the evening hours. A blazer or leather bomber jacket can easily help dress up an outfit for a night out on the town.
We heart Top Shop for cute pieces like this one!
Accessories, accessories, accessories. Rework a solid mini by pairing it with a patterned belt one day, and shoulder-grazing earrings the next. 
Bring one pair of neutral heels (a la Princess Kate) and toss in a pair of metallic flats. If you’re doing any outdoor exploring that requires runners, wear them to the airport. Your luggage will be lighter and if you need to run to catch a flight, you’ll be ready. 
Even style mavens need to lace up every now and again.
Stash a spare pair of knickers, a simple tee and a bathing suit into your purse or carry-on bag. If your luggage gets lost (knock on wood), you will have some essentials to tide you over until you can hit up the closest Forever 21 for some cheap replacement pieces. Toss in a toothbrush too – an essential item to feeling fresh.
 Your mecca should luggage go astray. 
If you are packing fashionably, you might as well cart your cargo in an equally chic case. For the serious traveller, we recommend the Rimowa Salsa Air series – durable, light-weight and perfect for stashing in the overhead compartment.  
Pretty cases, all in a row.
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For the manly man, Filson offers similarly durable and rugged luggage that will stand the test of time. Try the extra large Wheeled Duffel (you know your significant other will need some space on the return trip, too).

Bon voyage and safe travels.

Fashion-able: Structural bags

Here On The Fourth Floor, and like most women, we need bags that are great for work and play. Versatility meets style is the name of the game when you work 9 to 5 p.m. and then go straight to evening events. Fun and bright structural bags are perfect to go from a client meeting straight to a work event.

One of our absolute faves is made by the Cambridge Satchel Company. The bag comes in tons of bright colours and can be seen recently on some of our favourite fashion blogs (here and here). This piece is classic, fun and adds a splash of colour that will make any outfit snap, crackle and pop.

Best yet, the 15-inch satchel is less than $150. Awesome.

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If you have deeper pockets, Proenza Schouler’s PS1 is the structural bag for you. Available in a variety of bright colours and luxe materials like calf velvet, leather and crocodile you can’t get a more luxurious structural bag. Hollywood’s shiny stars live for this bag and it’s been seen on the arms of the Olsen twins, Jessica Alba and Nicky Hilton, if you care.   

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Bags start at $1,500 and go up (way up) from there.

The bag we’re also coveting is Rebecca Minkoff’s newest design, appropriately named Cupid.  We love the shape, the detailing and the gorgeous color options. How perfect is this teal?

The Cupid is available for $495.

Looking to take your boyfriend to post-work events without looking like a slouch? Filson makes the perfect structural satchel appropriate for any date night. The Leather Field Satchel is handmade in Seattle and will last your boy a lifetime. Hopefully your boy lasts that long, too.

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Available for $795 (find it at Garrison Bespoke in Toronto). 

What’s your summer 2011 must-have bag? Comment below or tweet us @rockitpromo.

Rave: Sample sale at Fred Perry, Oliver Spencer, Dunderdon

Up to 75% off clothing? That’s music to our ears. Standard Apparel, distributors of such amazing lines as Oliver Spencer, Fred Perry and Dunderdon, are holding their massive annual sample sale from Thursday, May 26 to Sunday, May 29.

Stylish apparel for men, women and kids will be practically given away. Buy some new duds for yourself, or pick up a surprise gift for someone you love. And while this is a “sample sale”, it’s not only sample sizes – there will be full size ranges.

Get down to 360 Dufferin Street (suite #106) and snap up some snazzy clothing for your wardrobe. Bring your cash or credit card – you will need it.

Just going to the sale enters you to win Filson luggage. Don’t miss out!

Hashtag: #fredperrysale