Back when we previewed 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Fall 2011 collection, a lot of you guys got excited about the 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel in particular. (Some of you also got a little huffy because you thought it looked like the Celine Luggage Tote, but put a pin in that, we’ll talk about it in a second.) With that in mind, I’m excited to let you know that Nordstrom.com now has the satchel available for pre-order for $895.
Personally, I’m a great fan of the Pashli, and part of that is because it seems like a play on the ever-popular Celine bag. Let’s face it, any brand out there who’s not trying to tap into a little bit of the rabid Celine lust is missing an opportunity from a business perspective, and the canvas of a north-south tote shape offers a lot of opportunities for great accessories design.
The Lim bag plays on some of what makes the Celine design successful – the proportion of the shape, the vertical lines at the sides, the way the gusset peeks out at the sides. But the bag is completely different – the grain of the leather, the zippers instead of piping, the top flop instead of a basically hidden zipper, the obvious hardware, the placement of handles – it’s all different.
This design is exactly what fashion should be; it takes something popular, strips it down to its bare bones, and builds it back up again from scratch. The end result is totally new but still feels relevant, as though someone designed a bag for the cool younger sister of the ideal Celine woman. Pre-order in black or blue for $895 via Nordstrom.