Photo via Vogue
I’m a big lover of Alexander Wang‘s accessories, and when the designer debuted a boxy, hefty wristlet called the Alexander Wang Jade Bag for Spring 2011, I was so stoked. I was totally going to get one. The heft, the proportion, the hardware caps on the corners – it was perfection! Except that when I finally got to play with one of these precious little darlings, the bag had one very noticeable design flaw. Now, though, all of that is fixed. Or at least it looks like it’s been taken care of in this Spring 2012 preview photo from Vogue.
The original Jade bag is the most obvious example I can think of in the recent past of when a single element of a design has totally killed the entire thing. The leather flap that covered the zipper in the original version made the clutch nearly inaccessible to anyone but the most dedicated of bag owners, but joyously, on the shiny, almost holographic python version that we see above, the zipper flap has been removed entirely.
I feel like the old zipper flap was the universe’s way of telling me that I should wait to buy this bag because the ultimate version had yet to come out, and the universe was right. Where can I get on a wait list? I want to be the first person out the door with one of these clutches. We don’t know pricing for now, but previous Jade bags have retailed for around $800. Naturally, the price point on this version will hinge on whether or not it’s made of real python.