I don’t always get a chance to see a bag before I write about it, but in the case of the Botkier Ava Crossbody Bag, my opinion is one based on familiarity and use. I received one of Fall 2010′s original Ava bags in black from the fine folks at Botkier last year, and it’s a bag I continue to use regularly. It’s the perfect size for a daytime crossbody – big enough to hold your essentials and a little bit more, but not big enough to weigh you down. In fact, I’ve taken it out for several evenings without feeling as though I was lugging a day bag; it’s one of the few designs that I own that is truly day-to-night. But the shape isn’t the only thing with which I’ve had in-person experience…

I also got to see this specific bag during a Spring 2011 preview back in October, and the color on this leather is amazing. The overall look is definitely a contemporary one, and juxtaposing soft, supple neon green leather with dark, shiny gunmetal hardware was a very smart decision. The two tones balance each other well and the dark hardware brings the bright bag down to Earth just enough to make it everyday wearable. If you’ve been hoping to find a bag that fulfill’s spring’s brights trend without emptying your bank account, it’d be hard to go wrong with this one. And just a tip – this bag slouches more than the picture would lead you to believe. Buy through ShopBop for $395.

  • Lulugurl

    Such a cute bag! I love the fringe! The colour is great, I don’t think it would be “me” but I think a trip to a store that carries Botkier might be in order! ;)

  • 19yearslater

    The details make this bag- the zipper, hardware color, studs, tassle. Great combination, I’d love to have this.

    • KaylaNiche

      Me too!

  • Cathy Fitz

    I love the bag, but the color’s not for me.

  • Stylista

    I think it’s cute, but the colour isn’t exactly right. Stepping over the line of “fashionably neon” to “Neon, but with a slight puce green undertone”.

    http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

  • Kelly

    i think its pretty cute :D

  • Marion

    OOH I love this so much. The color, the shape, the size..!!

  • Abbey

    This color is fantastic. I love bright bags and the fringe/grommets make me so happy!

  • joanna

    I have this bag in the mermaid color. i am absolutely in love with it. so much so that i went and got the larger ava hobo which i am also SO happy with….in the pearlized gray color. SO gorgeous! ; )

  • joanna

    have you guys seen the mermaid color and the pearlized gray? amazing.