There’s a reason we tend to look to the French for cooler-than-thou basics, as heavy on attitude as they are on simplicity: they know what they’re doing. Like Jerome Dreyfuss. Isabel Marant’s hubby is a pro at creating functional and interesting bags that will never make you look like you’re trying too hard.
The Etienne has a lot going on – zippers and pockets and straps and pebbled leather, too – but it all works together with low effort. Minimal hardware helps keep the mood appropriately toned-down, though if you look closely, you’ll see this is one amped-up carryall. Think of it as the classic hobo re-engineered with plenty of pockets, allowing for the ergonomic shape to also be highly functioning. The gussets unzip for extra girth, so you’ll never be shy of space, and there is a niche for every gadget and goodie. Yet it’s still got that nonchalant downtown vibe going on in spades. On ShopBop for $1,115.