J. Mendel furs? Yes. J. Mendel dresses? Oh, yes. J. Mendel Bags?! Oh my god, YES, YES, YES. In case you couldn’t tell, I am very excited about J. Mendel’s first handbag collection.
What to wear with Fall 2012’s paneled alligator jackets, creamy winter whites, and chiffon miniskirts mounted with dégradé alpaca, Mongolian lamb, and long-hair goat? These bags are the perfect finishing touches for a full-on luxe look, from head-to-toe. Think of everything you love about their ready-to-wear, especially their latest collection – luscious fur, timelessly femme silhouettes, unforced glamour, nonchalant luxury – and picture it in the form of bags. Gilles Mendel has translated his sensibility flawlessly. Everything as chic and streamlined as you would expect.
Molded crocodile totes have been lined in butter soft alpaca and mink – there is something so decadent about fur on the inside of a bag. It turns it into a treasure chest of sorts, cementing the fact that your other belongs are as precious as the bag itself. I adore the way the alpaca fur barely peeks over the top of the bag, daring you to further investigate what lies beneath. For a more understated affair, they also introduced simple leather totes with little more than a subtle “M” logo detail as the trim on outer pocket. But how can you resist crocodile? Especially when it’s of this caliber; Mendel’s matte-black croc-skin quality is unbelievable (and this is from a girl addicted to Hermès croc). It’s safe to say Fall 2012 welcomes a game-changer on the bag scene.