What struck me the most about seeing the Be&D Studded Kitty Satchel and Be&D Gia Satchel in quick succession was how different the two bags were for being released by the same independent brand in the same season. The Kitty satchel is big and soft, almost like a really luxe weekender, while the Gia is all corners and angles and sharp edges, done up in a comparatively petite size.
But there are some details that connect the two together, most notable the gold pushlocks that will always remind me of Marc Jacobs, no matter how many other designers use them. The tendency to use neutral leathers is also a very Be&D trait, and although it doesn’t satisfy my lust for bright accessories, it does make for a very useful handbag.
My natural tendency is to gravitate toward the Kitty satchel because of its slouch (and because it’s black), but I could see the Gia being a great work bag for a woman who wants to carry and accessory with a bit of personality in a conservative workplace. But still, the Kitty’s apparently inclusion of a crossbody strap is winning me over. Which bag do you prefer? Buy through Bloomingdales for $1350 and $975, respectively.