I’ll admit to having been a tad skeptical of Milly’s handbags at first. When the line launched its first collection for Spring 2011, the first bags to hit stores were mostly a bit preppy for my taste, with boat and rope motifs abounding in coral and navy. But now that I’ve had a chance to see the full line, bags like the Milly Straw Frame Bag have wowed me. I’m a believer.
To be sure, this bag is enough of a throwback to be quite taste-specific, but that’s what I’ve liked about many of Milly’s designs. Just because they’re priced very competitively doesn’t mean the brand has sacrificed its aesthetic in an effort to appeal to the entire market of potential customers, and keeping the company’s personal style front and center is what makes this line special. It may lead to a smaller pool of customers, but that pool will be enthusiastic brand ambassadors for the new collection.
I don’t know if I would wear this bag personal, but the angular shape and polished wood handle cut a very commanding profile. I could see it being worn by someone like Zooey Deschanel – a young woman with an eye for vintage and some expendable income. If you meet that description, meet your new favorite summer bag. Buy through CUSP for $375.