A little bit of inside info about PurseBlog: between the regular site and Savvy, I usually write around 8 posts per day, 5 days per week. I have basically the coolest job of anyone I know, but every now and then, I get a little bleary-eyed and dizzy from looking at that many handbags. Bags sort of blend together, and sometimes I don’t notice things that should probably be obvious.
For example, I never would have realized that the Francesco Biasia Lillian Satchel looks so much like the Jimmy Choo Riki Tote if two things hadn’t happened: if I hadn’t written a post about Choo’s double-belted bags only yesterday, and if the Nordstrom website hadn’t referred to it as “double-belted.” I think it should have been clear to me from the beginning, though. Choo has been doing various bags like this for more than a year now, and the two belts at the top are one of their biggest signatures. The Biasia bag doesn’t take very design element from the Riki, and it makes the idea somewhat their own with the front knotting, but I still think they shouldn’t have gone there. Double belts at the top of the bag are something that Choo has used as a key design element in a huge number of their bags in recent seasons, and I think it’s in poor taste for another brand to be using them in such a similar way so soon. Buy through Nordstrom for $398.