Each season, like clockwork, Tod’s steals my heart. This time around, it’s Tod’s “Cartella” bag. Where to begin? A blend of styles (a hint of doctor bag, part ladylike purse), you can carry it top-handled or messenger-style, take your pick. A bag 13″ wide is the most flattering and often most stylish size for anyone – short, tall, young, mature. It just works. Structured to perfection: it sits so perkily (on protective metal feet) and hangs off the wrist or shoulder with ease, while the large outer flap pocket adds interest and functionality. Did I mention this is perfect for summer? The color brings to mind pink sandy beaches and scoops of buttery ice cream. You can color me smitten. This is a “need, want, must have” situation. At Saks Fifth Avenue for $1,845.
Pair with: Um, anything? But it would look (especially) lovely with 3.1 Philip Lim’s mouse-gray satin-twill blazer, double-breasted for a cool menswear look and in a color that brings out the “Cartella.” On Net-a-Porter for $675.