Dior F/W 2013 bag obsession – the Bar tote!

Note: Just to quickly say that I’m away on holiday for a dear friend’s wedding from Wednesday 7th till Sunday 11th August, so if you were wondering why there aren’t any updates the rest of this week, that’s why! Am very excited though to be wearing my watercolour print dress for the first time and will definitely be posting photos here on my return 😉

From the day Raf Simons became Creative Director of Dior in 2012, whilst I could appreciate the attention to details he paid on his couture gowns and most praised his style as being more consumer-focused and wearable compared to John Galliano’s extravagant creations on the runway, I was always a bit hesitant about whether I would ever feel the same way about his garments the way I did with Galliano’s. In the beginning, it was assured that his style would differ from his previous collections with Jil Sanders, there was still some traces of the style that seemed to be uniquely his. Smaller cups to bustiers, bright colours, pale eye make up and strong lips and a somewhat futuristic look. While the jury is still out on most of the styles he sets down the runway, one thing I have come to appreciate is a few selections of the bags. One I’d previously posted about is the Miss Dior pochette, the other is the Bar tote.

Dior describes this as:

A daring and modern reinterpretation of the legendary silhouette of the “Tailleur Bar” the line and the refined elegance of DiorBar expresses the expertise and creativity of the House of Dior. The grained calfskin bag with its streamlined and dynamic aesthetic is enhanced by the Couture details

The original bag is meant to be reminiscent of Monsieur Dior’s ‘Tailleur Bar’ suit and in the original bag reflects this in its tall slender shape with the gussets pulling in the sides to show an almost hourglass like figure which the Bar suit jacket does for a woman. Like the Panarea, the sides can be taken in or let out, depending on the style you prefer.

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Dior Bar bag in black. Source: averagejoe on the Dior subforum, The Purse Forums

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Interior of the Bar bag. Source: averagejoe on the Dior subforum, The Purse Forums

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Source: averagejoe on the Dior subforum, The Purse Forums

In the beginning, I wasn’t too keen on the style of the bag. It’s too long for my needs, I find this means when it comes to looking for things inside your bag, you end up having things on top of each other. If it’s a handheld bag, I prefer the bag to have a wider base and the dimensions should suit the style, but not end up being too tall that you reach too far inside to get, say, your wallet from the very bottom. Not that I had publicly voiced this opinion, but I believe following the success of the Granville bag, then later the introduction of the Granville Polochon, I think the House of Dior has realised the need ot introduce different styles of a collection to suit different consumers’ needs. Since the introduction of the Bar bag for S/S 2013, they now they have the Bar tote for F/W 2013.

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Small Bar tote in coquelicot leather. Source: Dior

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Interior of the small Bar tote in coquelicot leather. Source: Dior

The small tote I feel is small enough to carry your essentials, Kindle and any other things you need but is of a substantial size that you feel feminine enough without needing to overcompensate with a bigger bag. The style is simple and elegant and takes a note from Loewe’s book in keeping the bag itself free from too much adornment, except for the simple gold hardware logo on the front and the feet on the base of the bag. The bag exudes feminine grace and is elegant enough to dress up a casual outfit while also suitable for carrying to work. Instead of the usual zippered inner pocket with the leather Christian Dior tag, there is a postman’s lock on interior pocket of the tote with leather lining for the interior, and charms hidden by the leather pocket where a key used to be.

True to Dior’s style, you can get this bag in various choices, whether it be exotic skin, embellished with detailed beading, or an alternative choice of leather (such as deerskin or calfskin), I’m pretty sure Dior has come up with every style possible for the Bar tote to set fashionistas’ tongues wagging all over the world.

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Small black and white Bar tote in houndstooth deerskin. Source: Dior

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Large Bar tote in pale pink smooth leather. Source: nappytoots on the Dior subforum, The Purse Forums

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Large embellished Bar tote with floral beading. Source: nappytoots on the Dior subforum, The Purse Forums

These bags are so exclusive and believed to be of a higher price range, that prices are available upon request through visiting or contacting your local Dior boutique or phoning/sending an e-mail directly to Dior Customer Service using their contact form, or e-mail contactdior@dior.com for further information.

What are your thoughts on the Bar bags and totes? Do you have a favourite Dior bag?

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