Botkier Claudia SatchelI haven’t seen any other fashion outlets declare it yet, but with what I’ve seen so far, I’m comfortable being the first: fall is shaping up to be the season of the Big Black Bag. Everywhere we look, beautiful purses made of black leather (most with slightly industrial silver or nickel hardware) are popping up in preparation for the cold months. Despite my general dismissal of neutral bags, I really love this trend.

One of the most recent ones to hit the internet is the Botkier Claudia Satchel. This is one of the few satchel/crossbody combinations that I think works better as a messenger bag, mostly because of the connection points of the long strap and how they poke up, even when the strap is disconnected. One detail that I love on the bag that everyone should take a closer look at is the subtle, studded latticework at the bag’s lower corners – it’s details like that that will set great bags apart from the BBB pack this fall. Buy through ShopBop for $595.

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