Brunello Cucinelli Reversible Tote: Bait and Switch

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A reversible tote that transitions merely from beige to gray might seem too subtle to make much of a difference, but imagine the mileage you’ll get. It’s an instant switch from summer to fall and day to night. Brunello Cucinelli was thinking in practical terms with this bag. Well, mostly. An ergonomic hobo shape tote is clean and low-maintenance, but that’s not to say the material will be. As it goes with all suede bags, you will need to be extra careful (no red wine near this baby!).

I love the idea of suede – so soft, comfy, and lush. Unfortunately, the reality is not quite so warm and fuzzy. The destruction rate is more than double that of leather, so even though I love everything else about this, a pricy bag that’s sure to wear easily is major buzz-kill. But if you’re up to the challenge of keeping suede pristine, Cucinelli’s is the one to spring for: the softness does allow for it to reverse seamlessly, and the leather tassel-tie closure is right at the top, so it will look right no matter which side you’re on. At Neiman Marcusicon for $2,333.

Pair with: An embellished python sandal will jazz up a simplistic tote. Lanvin’s flat excites with pale-aqua snakeskin and a cluster-studded heel. On Net-a-Porter for $1,190.

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