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Jimmy Choo Small Pebbled Leather & Leopard-Print Calf-Hair Messenger Bag: Tough Love at First Sight


My love of small bags continues: I am insane over this mini Jimmy Choo messenger. It seriously has to be mine this very minute. Needless to say, this is a truly emotional buy, one I’m content to make with little to no thought (unlike some, which demand plenty of rational consideration). I’m always drawn to animal prints and calf hair, but the combination is one of those things that’s got to come in the right dose to work. With slender gussets in leopard-print calf hair, this bag exudes attitude, and the amount of wildcat pattern is perfection. You get a full glimpse, but it doesn’t shout, “Las Vegas strip.” Heavy, pebble-textured leather topped with gold studs delivers a strong rock vibe, and it also allows for day-to-night wear, whereas an allover calf-hair bag gets very specific.

But ultimately, it’s really about what this bag represents. We all have days when we feel rightfully badass, and then there are those days when we forget how incredibly tough we are – that’s when we really need the reminder. Jimmy Choo Leopard-Print Bag at Saks Fifth Avenue for $1,995.

Wear with: Feel free to dress this bag up with Sophia Webster’s laced-up leather sandals. The strappy, cage-like shoe is back, so consider it the summertime alternative to your no-nonsense black boots. At for $747.




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