Lanvin‘s timeless appeal is beautifully laid out in Assouline’s book of archival images and on stunning display in Alber Elbaz’s much-coveted new bags.

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Lanvin, by Elizabeth Barille, is available at Books & Books and tells the fascinating story of Jeanne Lanvin, one of the great couturiers of the early 20th century- both in words and in gorgeous archival sketches and photographs.

This Lanvin tote from Weinstein’s comes in taupe and is plenty roomy enough without being enormous. It also incorporates all of Elbaz’s sought-after trademarks: the quilting, the ribbon, the chain and the charm. All that, and a great neutral color too. We love this bag!

The Lanvin Sweet Dora Bag comes in both white and tan, and has a push-lock closure and long flat leather shoulder strap. Available at Weinstein’s, these compact bags are just big enough to hold all your necessities, and the colors are perfect for summer.

This Lanvin gold clutch from Weinstein’s is the only evening bag you’ll need all season. Roomy enough to hold phone, compact, makeup and even a slim wallet without any unsightly bulging, it is chic and streamlined and available at a surprisingly great price.

About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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