Bags are all starting to blend into each other. I can’t tell them apart. Are you seeing a pattern here? Even for a classic shape – one that should be timeless enduring – this look is getting really old. There has got to be a way to ensure a bag is versatile without being boring.
I’m not asking for a lot. I just need something: some detail, any kind of distinguishing feature that imbues character. Okay, Valentino does their rockstud thing, but even that’s not cutting it anymore. Designers all copy each other, that’s a fact. But I would like a personal touch here and there – or at least some effort. Out with the generic and in with the unique!
1. Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Ebury Large London Grain: Anya’s banking on the fact that you can get a personal message embossed on the lining to convince you this bag is super-special. At Anya Hindmarch for $3,210.
2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Selma Top-Zip Satchel: You expect Kors to keep it clean and simple. Aside from saturated leather, that’s all I can say about this trapeze-edged tote. Available for pre-order at Neiman Marcus for $358 (expect delivery by May 7th).
3. Valentino The Rockstud Medium Leather Trapeze Bag: No doubt Valentino’s stud-accented numbers have no trouble in the desirability department, but let’s face it: this is another red bag with a sprinkling of hardware. On Net-a-Porter for $1,895.
4. Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour Leather Tote: Sac Du Jour or sac on repeat? Even Hedi’s bold revamp of the brand can’t make this Hermès-inspired bag feel fresh. On Net-a-Porter for $2,950.
5. Tory Burch Robinson Mini Square Tote Bag: Tory may have stamped this one with her signature logo (as she is wont to do), but a branded detail isn’t enough to offer any originality. At Neiman Marcus for $475.