Snob Essentials

Black Velvet Bags: Into the Deep

Gucci Leather and Velvet Quilted Tote

Black velvet is one of the most seductive and richest fabrics, and this season, it is more magnetic ever. In a literal sense, sure! (You can’t help but want to reach out and touch velvet, over and over again.) Thanks to new blends and innovations, black velvet is also an addiction for the eyes – and this fall’s must-have bag. My first choice: Gucci’s quilted velvet Lady Stirrup tote (on Net-a-Porter for $2,890). This is the sort of detailed structure I can’t do without at the moment, and trimmed in leather, it’s the ultimate luxe statement bag.

Here, a seductive compilation of my other favorites, ranging from the unapologetically decadent (like Dolce & Gabbana’s charmed, sequin-gusseted brocade-lace) to the coltish (RED Valentino’s change-purse style gets the full treatment with a patent topper) to the rebelliously sleek (as usual, Alexander McQueen nails it). Kotur‘s take on gold brocade clutch tantalizes with hints of velvet peeking through the metallic finish, and if you want just a (bold) touch of velvet, Christian Louboutin’s python Artemis, set off with a winsome bow, will surely satiate.

RED Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Dolce and Gabbana, and Kotur Black Velvet Bags

1. Dolce & Gabbana Mini Miss Sicily Python-Trimmed Brocade Bag
On Net-a-Porter for $1,525.

2. RED Valentino Oversized Velvet Clutch
On Shopbop for $595.

3. Alexander McQueen Velvet Long Box Clutch
At Saks Fifth Avenue for $1,890.

4. Kotur Margo Satin and Velvet Brocade Box Clutch
On Net-a-Porter for $450.

5. Christian Louboutin Artemis Haircalf & Python Velvet Bow Clutch
At Saks Fifth Avenue for $1,595.



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  1. These bags are great but they are part of the inspirational life I do not have. As the owner of 2 large shedding dogs, a dark velvet bag is a no can do – there aren’t enough de-linting rollers in the world.

    The Louboutin is gorgeous, and not a bad price for python… maybe a can shave the dogs bald?