As regular PurseBlog readers know, I’m not what you would call a “fan” of perforated leather. Or perforated suede, as in the case of Ash Cami Crossbody Bag. But since the trend started to emerge a year ago, my feelings have softened a bit. They’ve gone from, say, “vehement loathing” to “passive disdain,” and perforated material is no longer a reason for me to dismiss an entire design. I wouldn’t say I’ve entirely warmed to the idea, but I’ve definitely thawed a bit.

A bag like this one is the kind of design that makes me reconsider my hatred. It’s a functional crossbody made of real suede with a nice, heavy chain detail priced under $200 – perforated or not, that’s a deal that’s hard to ignore. I only wish it came in brighter colors – purple? Cobalt? I’d buy them both. So for the right bag, is perforated leather or suede acceptable? Take our poll and check out a larger photo of Ash’s bag, after the jump.

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  • Lulugurl

    I am not a fan of suede as a rule, I am too hard on it, but the perforated leather is really tickling my fancy recently. Overall very cute bag at a good price!

  • Marianna

    I like the IDEA of perforated leather but I haven’t met one that turns me on. There is always something about them that stops me from loving them. They can look meshy, too busy, or just plain odd. I don’t know if I will ever meet one that makes me open my wallet but I am willing to keep an open mind.

  • Cate

    I neither care for the idea of nor the practice of perforating leather. To me, it looks low-grade.

  • Lucinda

    Urgh hate it, I’ve never seen an example where it didn’t just look cheap.

  • Alison

    I am obsessed with one perforated bag – the LInea Pelle Addison Speedy in Bottle (green). IMO, the perforation really adds to the bag.

  • Onewithbooks

    Why would I spent that much money on a leather bag that has holes in it? To me that is as senseless as buying distressed jeans.

  • Irene

    I have a Prada perforated bag, Saffiano Fori in Papaya and Caramel. It’s a beautiful bag and I love it! The perforated leather makes the bag look more interesting and young!

  • the proper order of things

    ..you won’t usually find a suede bag in a very intense or dark color because they tend to crock (meaning the color rubs off) easily due to the frequent handling & rubbing against skin & fabrics… that’s why suede bags tend to be in light colors, neutrals, or black which can be treated for colorfastness without affecting the color… just so you know :)

  • 19yearslater

    All-over perforation is a definite no. As an accent . . . maybe. On the right bag.

  • Marisa

    Tylie Malibu. Has the bright purple and cobalt colors in perfo-suede bags just like this one. Hope that helps :)

  • Cathy Fitz

    I, too, have not been convinced about perforated bags, but I would consider one if the right one came along. Just hasn’t happened yet.

  • sophie

    my mechanic boyfriend immediately said car seats when he saw my woven perforated leather bag from a few seasons ago.
    still love my bag.
    it does require more product when I clean and condition it.
    and it shows wear more easily when the slice is through the perforated holes.
    probably would not get another perforated leather bag.

  • lisa

    no way to perforations. reminds me of a beach bag with holes for the sand!

  • Shakeandbake

    I’ve only ever really loved it in the LV perforated limited edition collection.

  • rose60610

    The only perforations I like are with spectator pumps or wingtips. Not on bags.