I’m not sure who this Stephane Verdino person is, but Saks has started carrying his bags, so he’s probably worth a look. Verdino’s Leather East/West Tote is particularly fetching for several reasons. The color is beautiful; it’s a bit darker and more charcoal-ish than a lot of the greys we’ve seen in the past few seasons, and I imagine it would go with many different sorts of color palettes. It’s big enough for work without being too huge to take to the mall, and the leather looks like it’s pretty wonderful – smooth but not stiff. According to Saks, the leather is Italian and the bag itself was also made in Italy, which is impressive considering the price – $495 for an Italian-made, all-leather bag is much better than you’ll do with pretty much any big-name brand. Buy through Saks for $495.
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