The thing that irritates me the most is when a bag manages to do one thing wrong that ruins the whole design for me. As they say in sports, sometimes a bag manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Cleobella almost had a bag that was full of win on their hands here, but sadly, patchwork leather makes the Cleobella Brixton Rock Bag a loser in my book.
I was trying to think of what exactly the piecing effect reminds me of, and then it hit me – nasty, faux patchwork leather bomber jackets, often sold at Wal-Mart. And then I remember this Alexander Wang bomber jacket bag debacle, and I’m wondering where all of this ironic tackiness is going to end.
The patchworking isn’t that obvious in the pictures, which makes me think that maybe it’ll be okay after all, but this sort of texture is often something that is much more obvious in person. So that’s the assumption upon which I’m functioning, and I hope I’m wrong, but I bet I’m not. Cleobella has a propensity to make neo-hippie crap, as I like to refer to it, and that makes me unable to give them the benefit of the doubt. If made in regular soft black leather, this bag would be beautiful and well-edited. As it is, it just makes me nervous. Buy through ShopBop for $528.