Despite my generalized dislike for the handbags in parent-brand Donna Karan‘s line, I love everything I’ve seen this season from DKNY. I’ve gotten a chance to peruse the bags in person on several occasions, and I can assure you that they’re made of wonderfully soft leather and appear more or less exactly as they do in the pictures (no trick photography needed to make them look great!). I feel kind of odd being so enthusiastic about a brand not known for their wonderful handbags, but I’ve been honestly impressed by DKNY.
The DKNY Glazed Calf Large Shopper is a great example of why. The color is nothing short of gorgeous, and it reminds me of a very popular Balenciaga color that I missed out on and have always regretted not owning. The design itself is simple, but it doesn’t read as boring to me. The unorthodox strap attachments and shape give it enough personality without making the bag look over-designed, and the seaming in the front leather isn’t attention-getting but does help break up the monotony. Donna Karan should think about promoting some of her DKNY handbag designers to her flagship line. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $325.