I’m in the market for a black bag with gold hardware. I’m very peculiar about the specs though. I really want to be able to wear it comfortably on my shoulder. And it must, must, must be easy to get in and out of. (Watch yourself, Paddington.)
Unfortunately, that takes a couple of beautiful bags out of the running. The Jimmy Choo Ramona is a stunner for sure, but the strap over the top opening makes it a no-go for me. I just can’t be bothered with fumbling around trying to get stuff out of the way just to get in my bag. And I can almost guarantee you that that piece would constantly be floating around flipped backwards because I won’t take the time to properly fasten it every time I use the bag.
The Kooba Jacinda is also out because of the shoulder straps. I have the Jacinda in an ivory-ish color and it’s got just enough of a drop to wear on the shoulder but it’s a bit tight and the straps are sewn in such a way that it’s almost constantly slipping off.
So I think I might have narrowed it down to these two:
The Rebecca Minkoff Devote ($630) is a serious contender. It meets both of my requirements with an adjustable strap that allows for up to an 11 inch drop and an easy top snap closure. Ain’t she a beaut’?
Another option is the Zoe bag by Coach ($498). It has a generous 14 inch drop and a simple zip closure. This is classic Coach styling…
These two bags are very different. One’s a little bit country club and one’s a little bit rock and roll. One’s front row at Fashion Week and one’s front row at the Junior League monthly meeting. One’s Carrie and one’s Charlotte. Me? Well, I guess I’m a little bit of all those things.