This week’s edition of
“The 5 Coolest Pieces”
comes from WGACA’s Senior Vice President of Merchandising & Buying, Ambria Mische.

Nothing enters the luxury product pipeline without first crossing Ambria's desk (or computer screen), making her an expert of this sector. For this post, Ambria has selected five of the best pieces she’s seen this week and gives readers insight into what makes them must-haves. Read on to find collectible Louis Vuitton artist collaborations, trending and textured YSL, upgraded Chanel classics, and standout Hermès dream bags.



1. TAKASHI MURAKAMI X LOUIS VUITTON MULTICOLOR ENAMEL & METAL BARRETTES

In 2004, Murakami released Monogram pieces that featured a character he created for a short film for Louis Vuitton called "A Superflat Monogram". Classic Monogram silhouettes were accented with the colorful characters in one of Murakami's more subtle series.

“I've always loved fashion barrettes and hair ties - but most branded ones bear a logo which is more "fashion" and less "elegant." These little guys in particular have super colorful, fun silhouettes and will totally pop in any hair color they get placed in. Because they have funky shapes they can be easily worn in a casual day outfit; but also because they have the sleek enamel finish they can also be worn with a formal gown or sexy jumpsuit. From the 2004 Louis Vuitton Collection featuring Takeshi Murakami, the three characters in the set are all aptly named Flower Boy, Onion Head, and Panda. They're all crafted in multicolor enamel and finished in gold-tone metal hardware.”



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2. ROSE PURPLE CHEVRE KELLY SELLIER 20 MINI

The impeccable craftsmanship, classic silhouette, scarcity, and unique history make the Kelly a must-have for any handbag collector. The Chevre leather featured here is known for being ultra-lightweight, slightly textured, and having a delicate sheen to it.  

“This Rose Purple Mini Kelly 20cm in Chevre - I just can't get enough. With its gold hardware and candy color - I'm just obsessed. Sure, it can't fit my giant iPhone but I never stop holding that thing in my hands anyways. The perfect "out-to-dinner-then-the-club" bag has a little top handle and crossbody strap that sits a bit higher on my waist (strap drop is 16 inches) and I'm actually getting to like this length more than my other Wallet-on-Chains. It's the hottest bag in the game right now and because it's an official Hermès Kelly (albeit a tiny play on the originals), it's also a good investment for my closet, my social life and my future daughter (when I have one).”



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3. BLACK QUILTED VELVET VICKY CROSSBODY SMALL

The chic & discontinued Saint Laurent small Vicky crossbody is crafted in black vertically quilted velvet, featuring the house's iconic YSL logo in gold-tone hardware and finished with a chain-link crossbody strap.  

“I love a bag I can pet. And it's getting a little chilly out, so naturally this bag is now something I'm dying for. I like the Vicky style (no longer in production at YSL so get them where you can) and I'm not even really one for black bags - BUT - if I'm going to do one it's going to be THIS ONE. It's the perfect fall/winter going out silhouette but with the rich velvet texture it's going to stand out from other girls' bags. I can probably rock it to a concert or go to a fancy dinner - probably even day shopping.”



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4. BLACK CHEVRON PLEATED LAMBSKIN CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP MEDIUM

Chanel's medium Classic Double Flap shoulder bag is upgraded with pleated lambskin and chevron quilting, finished with the signature gold-tone 'CC' turnlock closure and chain hardware.  

“I gravitate towards pieces that people don't have or can't find generally - but I love a textured play on a classic. Usually, it's a rogue color or material - some varying attribute - all while still having the same silhouette as a textbook staple. This particular 10" hits on all the right cylinders for me - it has gold hardware and the body is composed of delicately woven strips of lambskin combined with the epic finishing touch of a chevron motif. It winks at everyone looking at it, challenging them not to stare. The icing on the cake? It's wearable & transcends pretty much any scenario. It's sleek enough for date night but it also could be perfectly paired with jeans and a white tee, which is usually what it all comes down to.”



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5. BROWN QUILTED LAMBSKIN BELT BAG MICRO

This chic and collectible Chanel belt bag includes a gold-tone metal chain-link waist strap woven with tan lambskin leather and features a detachable micro Flap pouch crafted in diamond-quilted lambskin leather.  

“This bag screams "LA" to me; I can almost hear the Lana del Ray on the radio while I drive through Benedict Canyon. I used to live there, so I guess it gives me a dose of nostalgia. Only in Lala Land can you seriously justify having a $5,000 vintage quilted pouch with Coco Chanel's initials in gold on your chainbelt while you grab a coffee and head down the 405. It's that sort of anecdotal small detail that sets you apart in a city where people come from everywhere to see and be seen. There's only a handful of items that you could fit in there so let your imagination run wild....”



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