I often wish that more of my favorite contemporary labels would launch handbag lines, particularly those like Milly that have a very strong stylistic point of view. Luckily, Milly has done just that for Spring 2011 with a collection of reasonably priced bags that reflect its refined-but-beachy look for spring.
Among my favorites so far is the Milly Perforated Patent Satchel, which fit’s the brand’s image to a tee. Milly tends to skew less urban than other contemporary labels, and this structured but still fun bag strikes the right note for the brand. When launching a new handbag line, getting the tone right is often the most difficult part, and I think that the company has done well getting the bags in line with its aesthetic.
Whether or not you like the bags, of course, will have much to do with whether or not you like Milly. The brand doesn’t usually cater to my personal style, but I could see some of my more conventional friends looking adorably casual wearing its clothes and carrying its bags, and if I don’t have a problem imagining it, I’m sure that plenty of other people will be able to see themselves in that scenario as well. The coral color of this bag is fun and on-trend, and although I’m not personally a fan of perforated leather, this seems like a season-appropriate use of it. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $395.