Texturized, crackled, and aged leather is all the rage. It’s true – you can actually pay extra for the distressing to make your new bag look well-worn, which is a look that I love. My friend once told me that in the ‘80s, her mother would stomp her new Birkins in the grass to make them look old. I loved the idea because I collect vintage bag, and nothing is as chic to me as a well-loved bag. But if don’t want to risk ruining your newest investment, though, here are a few that have the look of vintage but the sturdiness of something brand new. First up is the gold standard - 3.1 Phillip Lim‘s 31 Minute clutch (on NET-A-PORTER for $450). By lightly cracking the leather, he creates an effect that looks like melted gold.
Burberry London Small Gladstone Textured Leather Tote: The structure of the Gladstone gives textured leather a polish. It’s clearly not vintage, but the appeal is just as strong. On My Theresa for $1,457.