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A great bag is the ultimate accessory. It’s the one piece in your closet that you carry daily so it needs to have that perfect combination of craftsmanship, design, and function. “My goal was to create pieces that were beautiful but could stand up to being carried every day,” says accessory designer Maria Turgeon of the new handbag collection she created for us.
Crafted in Florence, Italy, which is home to the most skilled family-run tanneries and manufacturers, our new accessory pieces feature classic silhouettes like a tote or crossbody but each one has been given our signature trims, bespoke-inspired hardware and luxury detailing. “I think of them as having a bohemian spirit and understated luxury,” adds Maria. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites, as well as how to pick the one that’s right for you.
Hooked on Classics
If you’re looking for a bag that is just as at home in the board room as it is at Sunday brunch then the Tippi Tote is for you. Crafted from Pebble leather, which has a luxe grain texture, this has a timeless shape with sturdy handles and interior pockets. Thoughtful (and unique) extras are the tassels attached to the handles and the interior clasp that allows you to cinch the top, giving it a more casual shape for weekends.
A Bit Boho
If you like your bag with more of an haute hippie edge, check out the Molly Fringe Bag. Crafted from the softest, Italian suede and with rock leather trims, this versatile beauty is great for exotic vacations, weekends or running weekday errands–it’s casual, yet chic. The shoulder strap is long enough so that you can wear it as a cross body or single shoulder, or, remove the strap and just carry it with the handle. Fully lined, interior pockets and a laidback style that is totally charming.
Pretty in Prints
Not afraid to step it up and add a little color to your accessory arsenal? Add a spring print and sensibility with the Cassie Tote Bag or Cassie Flat Case. Crafted from a foulard leather that has been printed with a fresh floral and geometric print, this is for the woman who likes to mix and match her prints. The tote features a zippered interior pocket and this bold bag works for work or weekend. The case could easily be paired with the tote for stashing incidentals or use it as a casual clutch for day and night.
The epitome of luxe, understated styling is the Isabelle Duffle Bag. Go for classic black or a light grey but both are crafted from pebbled leather and chic hardware. There is a removable shoulder strap and interior pockets. For the woman who needs an accessory that can be a corporate classic but also look easy on the weekend. A sweet tip is to knot one of our smaller scarves, like the Kikui, around one of the handles for a pop of spring color.
To see the full collection of our new bags, check them out here.