This is what I love about Monika Chiang: just when you peg her as a stud-sporting, spike-reveling, black leather-flaunting, bad-ass chick, she surprises you with a feminine floral tote. Naturally, we’re not talking about just any floral tote – it still has Monika’s ferociously cool touch. This is an abstract perforated leather version of the perfect summer bag.
I love big shoppers but hate the floppy openness of them (too vulnerable and sloppy). Monika solves the problem by adding side zippers that stop right at the handles. Brilliant! They give the bag structure and keep your valuables safe from pickpockets who roam tourist hot spots…Speaking of hot spots, I’ll be heading back to Italy this summer and this is at the top of my list of totes to take with me! Can’t you just see me in Capri now with this and nothing else but a fierce black bikini and leather thongs?! At Monika Chiang for $495.
Pair with: A combination of Alexander Wang’s sexy cutout bikini ($325) and Sigerson Morrison’s Kade sandal ($295), black suede with gold ladder bands, ought to do justice to this unique tote. Available at Barneys New York.