I just love it when a designer that could be massively overcharging for her bags chooses to price them reasonably instead. Diane Von Furstenberg is a name that’s internationally renowned for chic, wearable clothing, and although her bag line is new, she probably doesn’t have to do the image-building with it that other neophyte handbag designers need to. People already understand her look, and they understand that she’s made high-quality clothing forever, so taking a chance on her handbags isn’t as big of a risk as buying an expensive from from a less-well-known designer. That she didn’t price her line 20-30% higher as a result is really great for everyone out there that might be interested in giving one of her bags a new home.
And lately, I’m interested in adopting the Diane Von Furstenberg Amelia City Bag. It reminds me a good bit of the Proenza Schouler PS1 Satchel in its structure and straps, but they’re both based on such an archetypal bag shape that I don’t think I can fault it for that. What it has going in its favor is that the details are slightly funkier – I love the origami-folded, studded straps on the front. Oh, another great attribute? The very reasonably price. Buy through ShopBop for $575.