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Lanvin Quilted Happy Shopping Tote: Happiness is Not Just a State of Mind


I originally lusted over the “Happy” tote back in the spring; in real python, I swooned but refused to buy. Now I’m happy I didn’t break down and max out my credit card. Simplified leather suits this style well, making for a great basic tote. It’s refreshing to see the uncluttered side of Lanvin: pared down and sharpened, there are no more bows or tassels and it’s not even actually quilted. Perforated stitching creates stripy seams, leading fluidly into a graphic design at the bottom. This creates the effect of quilting without the volume or fuss, simultaneously offering the leather intricate texture.

Don’t ever stress about distressing it. This kind of calfskin boasts a slight sheen, so it comes alive with age and use. The more you wear it, the more the look improves. Besides, brass turn-lock closure and a keychain-esque logo medallion have an antique feel that speaks to creased high-quality leather.

Rich blue adds oomph to beat the workaday doldrums and still maintains some neutrality – with standout details and simplicity of design, this is the perfect everyday tote. At Bergdorf Goodmanicon for $1,790.

Pair with: This shade of blue is energetic and unexpected against leopard. With a leather collar, Sandro’s goat-hair Majestueux coat brings a funky twist to animal print. On Net-a-Porter for $1,730.



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