My goal for 2010 is to help you find fabulous designer bags at a more affordable price point. In the process of achieving this seemingly impossible task, I've found the opposite to be true. There are PLENTY of great bags out there, many under $1000. The only caveat is that some of these fab bags come from unlikely or dare I say "uncool" sources. Take these amazing bags from MCM. Yes, I am talking about the same brand that gave us logo-clad abominations during the 80s. Many women bought into the craze (myself included - I'll own up to it), but the brand is making a quiet comeback thanks to the creative mind of handbag designer Joy Gryson.
The woman best known for her namesake handbags, as well as a very successful handbag collection under the name 'Olivia Harris', created this collection for MCM, and she did a pretty bang up job if you ask me (and if you're reading this, you're doing that by default). I'm excited with the results of this unlikely collaboration. The bags are chic with a fun, modern vibe, and they're designed with function and affordability in mind.
Among my favorite designs from their spring 2010 collection are these three bags - the Annodare Hobo, Sportivo Satchel and Annodare Tote. The latter two are priced just under the $1K mark and the tie-dye leather, chain strapped hobo is slightly higher at $1195. What I like most about these designs is the attention to detail. Buckle accents on the handles and corners of the simple Sportivo Satchel help the bag standout without looking overly fussy. The front knot and hardware detailing on the Annodare bags is just gorgeous. Whether it's buttery smooth leather or a discretely logo-embossed finish, all the bags are lightweight and very practical for on-the-go urban dwellers. Of all three designs, the most audacious is, by far, the Annodare Hobo. Is this an original design? Not at all. It's been done before, but this particular version is sophisticated without being a bank breaker like similar Bottega Veneta bags.
While I'm not suggesting you should become a rabid MCM aficionado, I will give the label props for giving us more practical and relevant bags from a well known bag designer. Quite a brilliant move on their part. Can't wait to see if the collaboration continues past this season. In the meantime, grab one of these bags and hang in style.
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BTW, I'm wishing myself a happy 38th birthday today. Here's hoping for many, many more to come.