Let me get my only annoyance about this bag out of way: why is this, and what I presume most, Alexander Wang bag made in China? For $650, and coming from a designer as prolific and fashion-forward as Alex, I must say I was shocked that this pochette carried such a tag. I know China’s the next frontier for luxury–but I think they meant in terms of consumers and not necessarily luxury manufacturing. Country of origin aside, I think this pochette–named after Angela Lindvall, perhaps?–is the quintessential cool girl’s bag. If the mom has the Hermès Kelly clutch, then this is her daughter’s equally cool going-out bag. Alex’s bags have been tremendously successful–not just because they’re relatively affordable (now we know why), but because they’re a great balance of edgy and utility. While this Angela silhouette is not a new shape, it does return for pre-spring in some great new colors, including smoke, sage and patent brick. Available in both patent (as seen here) and classic pebble leather finishes, it’s adjustable short strap makes it perfect for nights out. The trademark stud details add the needed oomph while the necessary zippers remain hidden. Just how I like.
$670, available at www.openingceremony.us