The black python tote: timeless, flattering, and endlessly wearable, it is the LBD of bags.
At an even $5K, Alaïa’s rendition is as luxe as it gets (Hermès is too snobby to make python products; they think python is an inferior skin, preferring lizards and crocs when it comes to their reptiles). Shinier than a fresh coat of Yves Saint Laurent limited edition black lip gloss, their concisely designed tote screams sophistication. Swoon-worthy lacquered skin and classy top handles give it an elegant feel; a wide, open shape keeps it from feeling too chichi. Needless to say, it’s the go-to tote for the ultimate Luxe Snob.
Fortunately for the (semi) Frugal Snob, Carlos Falchi has created a similar version for a fraction of the price. His roomy black python tote is a simply beautiful bag, and it serves the same functional yet fashionable purpose. Whether you can’t resist going all-out with Alaïa or opt for prudence with Falchi’s version, the big black python tote is a must-have for snobs of all shapes, sizes, styles, and ages.
Alaïa Large python tote at Net-a-Porter for $5,000
Carlos Falchi Black Python Tote at Shirise for $1,295