Snob Essentials

Stella McCartney Soft Raffia Iris Shoulder Bag: A Pure Spring Bag, for the Pure-Hearted Animal Lover


A bag that is both PETA- and Bag Snob-approved does not come along often. While it can be hard to reconcile spending a solid chunk of change on bag that involves only faux leather, Stella McCartney‘s Iris bag is so pristine and sophisticated that I can’t resist. Yet another example of color-blocking with muted shades, the tan trim (in mock vachetta leather) makes the raffia center, a refreshing white, snap in a way that’s pleasingly geometric. The buckle, on the adjustable shoulder strap, and trademark Stella plate offset the chasteness of the bag, adding just enough interest. Natalie Portman will be very happy (though I’m not sure how well it will function as a diaper bag). Sleek and refined, plus cruelty-free. Vegans – and snobs – rejoice! At Saks Fifth Avenue for $1045.

Pair with: Keep it clean and modern with Gianvito Rossi’s beige leather open-toe clogs. And you get your true leather fix. Sorry, Stella! At Montaigne Market for $653.



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  1. I’m a carnivore and can’t help but love leather bags-they last longer and look better. I have always felt uneasy about paying huge sums of money for plastic or canvas (have you seen that canvas Bottega for £620?!). For that reason, I have never been a fan of Stella’s bags: overpriced and over hyped. This one though is a winner. Looks like a mixture of Celine & Lanvin, my current favourite fashion houses. But I won’t become a vegetarian any time soon!