The luxury accessories market is crowded with seasoned competitors all vying for consumer attention (and consumer dollars), which can often make it well nigh impossible for a new handbag line to turn heads, particularly the heads of people whose job it is to look at handbags all day. (Ahem, yours truly.) Somehow, the Reed Krakoff Inside Out Leather and Snakeskin Tote managed to not only make me take a second look, but it made me do so by being inventive in a way that’s not only quite unique, but still totally subtle and functional at the same time. When being different usually also means rendering a piece unwearable or unusable to most of the buying public, that’s quite a design feat indeed.

When Krakoff named this the “Inside Out” bag, he meant it literally, which you notice if you look closely. Everything from the exterior pocket to the stitching to the way that the straps are layered is reminiscent of the inside of a very, very luxurious bag, and Krakoff managed to quietly recreate that structure on the exterior without making the effect obvious or kitschy. The extremely tasteful colorblocking only enhances the effect, but not to the detriment of the bag’s ability to be incorporated into an everyday wardrobe. Designing a bag like this is like walking on a wire, and Reed Krakoff managed to make it to the other side without losing his balance. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1790.

  • edoardo

    I love >Reed Krakoff it’s an up-and-.comign designer that is making such amazing bags that’s impossible not to love his cretaions. I find amazing the mix of materials , the colro and the classic-new shapes!!

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • Sbelle

    I’m really liking the line. Love this bag! (ipad)

  • Mochababe73

    Not a fan of Reed Krakoff’s handbags. I was really disappointed when I went to Saks and saw them. This one is no exception. I guess that I will be the only one not drinking the Kool-Aid on this one. (iPad)

  • Adrienne C

    hmmmm…… (ipad)

  • helen

    It looks rather complicated to open. Although it probably keeps contents safe inside. (ipad)

  • Sara

    Nice bag, really chic, maybe a little complicated if someone calls you on your cell and you have to open the bag to pick up the phone xD (ipad)

  • bentos

    not so bad, but not so good. fashion wise, it can take a slot. it’s nice to see ladies carrying this bag with her bestfriend (girl) and taking some coffee in a fancy coffee shop and having some chit chat. for serious type people i think. it can only much with clothes of like colors.

  • Amy

    definitely seems like a pain to open. (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Something is off, but I can’t tell what. (ipad)

  • Jen

    Looks lovely, as do all of the RK bags in photo! But I keep on hearing from people that in person, they aren’t so nice. Makes me wonder . . . (ipad)

  • AMN

    I love the materials, but something about the bag is a little too complicated for my tastes (ipad)

  • Judy

    I like it but not as much as the boxer (iPad)

  • Leah

    I am loving this line… not this bag necessarily but I will be buying from this line soon! (ipad)

  • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

    Just an FYI for those wondering how the bag opens – it zips along the top, so it’s very easy to get in to.

  • Jaz

    It is kind of cool but I think it is too mature looking for me to carry. (ipad)

  • Joyce

    Interesting, I would have to see this one in person (ipad)

  • Marianna

    I like this bag and I want to see his collection in person. (ipad)

  • Ivana

    the suede color is awful :( (ipad)

  • Tonya

    I don’t really like it :( (ipad)

  • Sue E

    I dont like it at all (ipad)

  • greenpixie

    I love the details in the construction of this bag, well thought out and very pretty. (ipad)

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    Kind of a safari look to this bag. (ipad)

  • nick

    I think a lot of people think that his bags are designed with too many straps, so it is difficult to get in and out. It is a misconception. You need to see his bags in person. I just got a Boxer II, and it is very easy to use even with all the straps because they are mostly decorative. The quality of the leather is quite good. And I like the mixture of materials/textures, too. (ipad)

  • Redo My Shoe

    I love the colors of this bag. The leather looks very well constructed and expensive.

    http://redomyshoe.blogspot.com/

  • LDJ

    I like the bag, but the colors make it looks so dull and boring.

    • LDJ

      OMG, I keep forgetting to say (ipad)

  • Nikita

    I don’t hate it, but I def. don’t love it (ipad)

  • Miriam

    Too structured for me (ipad)

  • Vitta

    It’s not good when customers are confused about how to open the bag. What is the function of all those belts and the front light-colored detail? For decoration? Why does a casual leather bag need so many “decorations”? Less is more, no?

  • quimerula

    I’m on the fence… (ipad).

  • Britney Anderson (Saenz)

    I’ve been noticing a lot of snake skin bags. This ones not really my style though. (ipad)

  • SS

    I love it! (ipad)

  • Justine

    SO PRETTY! LOVE IT! (ipad)

  • Pam

    Cute.(ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    I think it’s trying too hard to be simple in a complicated way. (ipad)

  • nini

    it’s okay…(ipad)

  • ann

    I saw this bag in a different color in the store, interesting look from the front but very boxy and wide from the side (ipad)

  • CMM

    I like it. Very professional looking (ipad)

  • Sherry

    love this tote (ipad)

  • Sherry

    very cute (ipad)

  • S.J.

    interesting (ipad)

  • S.J.

    i think i need it in my life (ipad)

  • Lianne

    I like the shape and structure, but even mixing neutrals this way, it’s still way too busy for my tastes. (ipad)

  • Maggie

    Not really a fan of the color combination… (ipad)

  • Kelly

    Dont like it at all (ipad)

  • vicky

    This bag appears to have an identity crisis, the two short straps in front indicates it kind of wants to be the PS bag, the front alligator pocket looks like those in front of those flat ladr-like bags which are also on trend, it’s all mixed-up

  • 19yearslater

    The color scheme is a little Crocodile Dundee for me, but its a nice bag. (ipad)

  • spanish moss

    i could find room in my closet for this cutie. (ipad)

  • Melissa

    always a fan of color blocking, and its refreshing to see it done in neutrals (ipad)

  • jen

    it really does not look like anything special

  • Marion

    I like the bag but what makes me especially happy is that it looks like such a great quality bag. (ipad)

  • cl

    i don’t really like bags like this. doesn’t rebecca minkoff have a handbag similar to this? no-no (ipad)

  • swati

    i don’t like it one bit …. and the dull colors kill any appeal it might have had (ipad)

  • Kathy

    this bag seems very blah (ipad)

  • ob la di ob la da

    This is adorable! I like how the “inside out” features too, makes it different. (ipad)

  • PurseAdict

    OMG I am soooooo in LOVE with REED KARKOFF’s bags … they are to die for !!! this bag is one of my favorite … its sooo me (ipad)

  • jillybean307

    I’m not sure why, but I love this bag! Somehow it all comes together and works. (ipad)

  • MAGGIE (COACH ADDICT)

    I like this bag alot he is really doing very different things…

  • Limey

    I don’t mind this bag. It’s cute, not too complicated with zippers and pockets. (ipad)

  • Ellen

    I love this bag. Like Amanda said, I think that this a stand out bag, yet it does not forego functionality. (ipad)

  • susan

    After looking at this bag for a few days I think I do like it. (ipad)

  • Elizabeth

    Expensive – but I agree that it’s beautiful. I love the colour palette – strangely reminds me of my MAC matte neutrals eyeshadow palette. HA! (ipad)

  • Cindy

    I like the colors used, but it’s not something I’d buy. (ipad)

  • mango

    i probably wouldn’t buy one, but i wish i had one. (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    interesting neutral colors! (ipad)

  • XXAL

    for some reason, i cant help but to think that this is the back side of a flap-bag.. had to think twice to convince myself that it opens at the top with a zipper.. i wonder how this bag works.. the hovering/cap-looking top looks very interesting.. im slightly confused.. (ipad)

  • Ken Vien

    this bag seems very blah (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    This is kind of cute! (ipad)

  • GorgeouslyAwesome

    i really like this, im starting to really like structured bags.. maybe its a faze.. (ipad)

  • Bettye

    I don’t like this bag.(ipad)

  • Caroline

    I really like this line! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    hmm.. amanda, if i am to write this article, instead of “Designing a bag like this is like walking on a wire, and Reed Krakoff managed to make it to the other side without losing his balance”, i’d say “Designing a bag like this is like walking on a plank, and Reed Krakoff managed to dive straight into the Kraken’s belly!” (ipad)

  • Cathy Fitz

    Cute and imaginative. Interesting. Pretty much like it. But would never pay close to 2K for whimsy. (ipad)

  • Jen

    This is absolutely lovely! (ipad)

  • Lina

    great looking bag! (ipad)

  • KY

    Pretty bag, I like the color. (ipad)

  • Emma Glass

    I like it (ipad)

  • Elaine

    I like the choice of materials but I feel like shape-wise the bag can’t figure out what it wants to be. (ipad)

  • CarrieK

    This bag is gorgeous in person too, saw it at the Reed Krakoff shop in Vegas. the only problem I have is how heavy the bag is. (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    absolutly adore the bag. (ipad)

  • Ces

    I love the non-luxurious luxurious look of it. (ipad)

  • Elle

    I just bought this bag. I absolutely love the structure and color of the bag. It is a classic bag with a slight bit of edge. Love it!

  • Smith

    rip off the exterior pocket – i’d have to see it IRL. (ipad)

  • Deborah Curran

    I like the way the colors work together – ipad

  • Margaret

    This is a great looking bag. (ipad)

  • Heidi

    Never heard of Reed Krakoff, but this is well designed. (ipad)

  • mango

    cute, but not my style (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    The colors would make this a good fall bag (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    The military trend is still going strong (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Shape is nice…(ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Color too (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    But not much else (ipad)

  • Desaria

    its very bland and boring (ipad)

  • wendy

    I actually like this. It’ll be interesting to see how RK’s line does. (ipad)

  • isabel

    i LOVE reed krakoff bags LOVE! ipad

  • Bessamy

    Interesting bag. I would carry it. =). I love the look. (iPad)

  • AW

    Very classic but I’m not a fan of the shape overall – there’s something there that feels very old-fashioned