If you loved the Marche tote, get ready to fully swoon over the Lutece shoulder bag. All thanks to Peter Copping, Nina Ricci is on a hot streak. Well, more like a sophisticated, beautiful streak. (A bit of trivia: he was Marc Jacobs’ first-ever assistant at Louis Vuitton in 1997 and helped launch the ready-to-wear line. He eventually held the title of women’s wear studio director before leaving in 2009 to take up his post as Nina Ricci’s artistic director.)
I love it when all parts on a bag are in perfect harmony, varied elements synthesized into one seamless entity. Designing a bag is not unlike conducting a symphony: an overly heavy-handed cellist will overshadow the violinist, and similarly an overly heavy chunky zipper will overtake a streamlined silhouette. No such problems here. Our conductor, Mr. Copping, has everything working together in the right measures. A perfectly curved single handle, backed by convertible shoulder strap: lovely. A precisely tailored front flap with push-lock closure for security and a zippered back pocket for convenience: smart. Gathered gussets in a contrasting texture of soft suede with a tuck here and a nip there: the perfect finishing touch. Nina Ricci handbags on NET-A-PORTER for $1,850.
Pair with: Make some music of your own with Ashley Pittman’s trio of square light horn bangles, topped with earthy gold accents. At Neiman Marcus for $325.