Ever since I first saw the Kate Spade Essex Scout Flap Bag in an advertisement several months ago, I’ve been watching and waiting for it to hit stores so that I could finally write about it. We may only be 11 days into March, but based on everything that I’ve seen from the season’s contemporary handbag lines during press previews and pre-orders, this is the bag on which I’d spend my money if I could only choose one.
My taste usually doesn’t skew toward clean-lined preppy satchels, but something about the traditional simplicity of this bag mixed with the smooth leather and crisp details is very visually satisfying. When you mix that with the optimistic shade of yellow that’s perfect for spring’s brights trend, you have a very cool, very on-trend bag for a price that won’t have you eating ramen until summer gets here. Buy through Nordstrom for $395.