Vanessa Bruno – think of her as Isabel Marant’s cousin in the family of Parisian über-cool – has just whipped up a thoroughly mint bag. Meet the new look: the hobo-tote hybrid (the hobote?!). Her suede shoulder bag boasts all the conveniences of both with the lure of freshness. Slick with some structure at the frame, then relaxed with a bit of slouch through the midsection. The key is the shoulder-strap placement: it is placed so the satchel holds its shape and doesn’t collapse on itself when you put in on your shoulder.
But it’s the tab closure that’s the focal point. Oversized and easy to deal with, it gives you the carefree option of leaving it open without flapping in your way. I love the terra-cotta color, but suede will always worry me. “New” can turn “old” in a heartbeat. Suede seems like a good idea until you’ve had it for a while and then you notice it has started to bald and fray. This new bag is such a great fall piece – just be extra-nice to it so it doesn’t get ruined! On Net-a-Porter for $650.
Pair with: A pair of Marant‘s quintessential “Dicker” boots, a Western style that shows no sign of slowing down, and you’ve doubled up on soft suede and French hip. At Barneys New York for $560.