What a perfect season for Be&D to make a comeback. They first did multitudinous studs years ago, before it was popular and trendy, and then they mysteriously disappeared from the face of the earth for a little while.
Their studded bags really didn’t tickle my fancy back then; they were shiny, smooth, and gold, which is really not my thing. The bags they’ve introduced recently have been much better, though, whether they’re studded or unstudded. I’m having a really difficult time choosing a favorite; my opinion on the matter changes from day to day. But today, it’s the Be&D Cosette Hobo.
The Cosette is everything I like in a bag. Big, functional, soft, yet textured. It’s not overly complicated, but there is enough visual interest to spare. I’m unsure about my feelings on the ruched handles, but I respect them for doing something slightly off the beaten path. I’m trying to visualize it with thick, soft leather straps instead; I’m not entirely sure it would be an improvement. As it is, it’s certainly not bad.
The tiny quilts on the front look like they’d be soft and touchable, and when you combine that with the woven leather and metal chain, this bag almost reminds me of a more urbane, less ladylike take on the Marc Jacobs Stam. Be&D has a reputation for using smooshy, drooly-worth leather, and this doesn’t look like it’s any exception. Overall, quite a solid effort to relaunch the line’s buzz. Buy through ShopBop for $995.