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North South Bags: A Tall Order

North South Bags

We’ve seen plenty of north south shopper totes, but with the addition of a top handle, everything is changed – and not for the better. An elongated shape draws the eyes in, but keep in mind that it also drowns your belongings to unreachable depths – and surely at the least convenient moments. The subtly jarring optical effect is cool for about a second (reminds me a little of man bags), but then I’m over it because bottom line, I’m worried I’ll never be able to find my things in the black hole.

Proenza Schouler PS1 Tote Leather: Proenza gets top billing because they did it first and probably best (hard to go wrong with a PS1). Now the trend is finally catching on. At Barneys New York for $1,995.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Belmont Hobo: The sheen on the black leather looks nice with gold hardware, but this reminds me of an oversized lunchbox. Ditch the top handle and stick with the shoulder strap. At Saks Fifth Avenue for $478.

Rochas Crocodile Embossed Leather N/S Tote: This tote looks really stiff and rigid, and the tapered top doesn’t give you easy access. How much harder can they make this? At Saks Fifth Avenue for $1,540.

Acne Piers Tote: Definitely the worst one. Without the front detailing, this bag would’ve been chic, but the fringe flap makes it look like a giant golf shoe. Fore! At Saks Fifth Avenue for $1,100.

Theyskens’ Theory Wilona Abuk Bag: This is huge as an everyday bag, but as an overnighter, it would be pretty cool. Love the dark and romantic croc-embossed suede. On Shopbop for $623 (from $890).

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