As I mentioned over on PurseBlog Savvy recently, I’ve been struck by a vintage-shopping craze as of late. Midcentury design flourishes are the Next Big Thing in high fashion, and taking the time to search for the real items from the era always seems like a clever response to the revival of older trends in high fashion.
Sometimes, however, it’s impossible to find exactly what you want in the condition and quality that luxury customers expect. In those situations, items like the Nancy Gonzalez Soft Croc Quilted Satchel are perfect – the bag has all the charm of a great vintage find, but you don’t have to spend hours slogging through dusty bins of old handbags in hopes of finding something like it.
Not only is this little satchel perfectly on-trend and in a great, standout color, but it’s a relative bargain. Before you crucify me for calling a $2750 bag a “bargain,” consider the going rate for many brands’ crocodile bags – it’s much closer to five figures, if not well into them. Because Gonzalez’s operation raises its own crocodiles, the reduced overhead is passed on to customers that are looking for an ultra luxurious bag at a price that is merely very luxurious. It’s still out of reach for the vast majority of people, but this bag is a lot easier to come by than an authentically vintage version or a similar bag from a European brand. Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $2750.