As the wonderful, fabulous, and always fashionable Tim Gunn would say, the CC Skye Kensington Bag is…a lot of look. And that’s not really a compliment, I’m sorry to say. The whole bag is just…a bit much. First, It’s a north/south tote. Those are particularly tricky to design and a bit prone to looking clunky and awkward, and unfortunately, this looks both clunky and awkward. The leather looks rather stiff and a bit too shiny, and the number of pockets (and how much those pockets stand out from the bag) is, uh, a bit much. There’s a strap over the top to close the bag, two straps to carry it in the crook of you arm, and then another, long strap to carry it as a shoulder or messenger bag.
That’s right, all that stuff in addition to four large front pockets with lots of shiny gold hardware.It’s just…well, like Tim Gunn says, it’s a lot of look. A bit too much look, in my opinion. It’s not ugly, per se, but it just doesn’t look like a good editorial eye was taken to this bag before it was produced, and perhaps one should be used when deciding whether or not to add it to your collection. Buy through Singer22 for $725.