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Pierre Hardy Leopard-Print Suede Shoulder Bag: Live Long and Prosper

There is no getting old when it comes to Pierre Hardy; his designs are in it for the long haul. Even though I’ve seen the piping and trim countless times before, the trademark shape of his bags is still exciting to me. In muted leopard (the pattern is fuzzy and abstract for maximum subtlety), it’s like I’m seeing Hardy for the first time, all over again. And it’s love at first sight.

This is one of those no-brainer bags you’d be wise to pounce on like a wildcat, stat. In smaller, streamlined convertible form, it floats effortlessly from a swingy chain-strap shoulder to a refined clutch in seconds. If you crave savage spots but don’t want them to overwhelm, a stormy gray-and-blue palette is the way to go, and this one has executed it with intelligence. It’s simple: this is a must that will wear often and live long. On Net-a-Porter for $700.

Pair with: I’d love to put this bag’s versatility to the test with a contrasting pattern, like the green tie-dye of Proenza Schouler’s long-sleeve tee. Available for pre-order at Barneys New York for $280 (expect delivery in August).

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