See by Chloe Stamped Dotty Carmen Satchel, $495 via Neiman Marcus.
At first glance, the See by Chloe Stamped Dotty Carmen Satchel is a pretty nice choice. The leather is neutral and plentiful, the shape is classic and at less than $500, the price is right. But the more I look at it, the more a couple of things about the design are bothering me, and I’m wondering if I’m the only one.
First, is this supposed to be ostrich? The bag’s retail listing makes no mention of the leather’s possible faux-exotic intentions, only that it’s embossed, and the texture isn’t quite right to mimic real ostrich. So depending on who you are, you might look at this bag and think, “Oh, dots,” or “Oh, really bad fake ostrich.” My compulsion is the latter, unfortunately, and now that I’ve had the thought, I can’t unthink it.
As See by Chloe bags tend to do, though, that’s not all that’s bothering me. I don’t like when designers add on visual features that are usually functional, but do so purely for aesthetic sake, and that’s the case with the twee little pockets that you see here. What are you supposed to put in there, a single breath mint? I’ll partially forgive the design faux pas because the company saw fit to provide an optional crossbody strap, but still, those pockets bother me something fierce. I kind of want to saw them off. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $495.