I have a ‘slight obsession’ with handbags which is one of the reasons I started this blog. So because of my ‘obsession’ and the fact that I’m always combing the Internet looking for bags to feature, as well as the many handbag lines I’m pitched daily, I have to set a shopping budget and spending limits for myself. I see so many haute bags that it’s easy to want to buy them all but I have several things to consider – lack of space in our tiny NYC apartment, my finances (I do want to retire one day) and my husband’s only slightly judgmental comments (“ANOTHER BAG?!“). So that means when I’m thinking about adding another bag to my already full handbag closet, I must consider these things and also whether or not it’s an investment piece for me, meaning is it something I can carry for years? Or only one or two seasons?
While walking through Nordstrom the other day, I tried to avert my eyes from all the Anniversary Sale signs screaming at me, particularly from the handbag section. But my eyes couldn’t miss this gorgeous blue Pour la Victoire ‘Butler Large’ Snake Embossed Leather & Suede Tote (on sale now for $329.90, marked down from $495). It was sitting front and center in all its blue, snake embossed, leather and suede glory. The rich blue is a shade that can be carried into fall, but also in the summertime paired with other bright colors. It features two top handles that come down to the center of the bag, and it comes in that boxy, structured silhouette that’s so popular right now. The bag also has a folding top-frame and a mix of snake-embossed leather and suede side panels with a faille lining with an interior zip, wall and cell-phone pockets. My only issue with the bag is that it has a magnetic-snap tab closure at the top, and I think a bag of this size really should have a top zip closure. Plus, there’s no detachable shoulder strap for when the crook of your arm gets tired of carrying it. But otherwise, it’s on my ‘must-have’ list.
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