I've been coveting a lot lately, much to the detriment of my bank account. In an effort to save up for holiday shopping I begrudgingly trimmed my list of "wants" to "absolutely have to haves." First on my list: a new go-with-anything, wear-anywhere tote.
While searching for the perfect bag, I realized I'd given up on designer logos. I still wear the classic Louis Vuitton bowling bag once in a while when the mood strikes, but I've grown to appreciate handbags with logo-free facades. They prove to be the perfect accompaniment to any outfit, regardless of the season.
I was recently given the Linea Pelle Dylan bag in black as a birthday present so I thought I'd start there. Linea Pelle handbag designer Andrew Cotton tends to have a knack for fusing luxe fabrics, modern silhouettes and casual designs. While perusing the website I spotted the new Jules woven tote ($495) and knew I was in love. The smooth Italian leather is logo-free and not priced at an insane $1,000 or $2,000.
The bag features a woven leather stripe down the front and a drawstring scrunched closure, giving it a vintage '80s feel. The gun-metal chain detail along the straps can be casual with jeans or dressy enough for a night out in heels, and the fuss-free over-the-shoulder style is a must for slinging the bag over arms clothed in heavy sweaters full of holiday shopping bags.
Linea Pelle carries an entire new line of holiday bags in fun crocodile print and soft suede, all in its signature care-free styles. Check out all the Linea Pelle collections on its website at www.lpcollection.com.
-- Jenn Harris
Photo: Jules woven tote by Linea Pelle. Credit: Linea Pelle.