I almost feel a sense of pride when I see a Tory Burch bag that I like. We’ve been covering the brand since they first started making bags, and things haven’t always gone smoothly – the logos were too big, the shapes often didn’t work. But now, Ms. Burch has got her handbag act together, as she continues to prove. The Tory Burch Studded Messenger Bag is just further evidence of what we already know.
Gone are the heavy logos and patterns of Burch bags past. What we’ve got here is sleek and clean but with enough signature details to make it cohesive with the brand’s design ideology. Shiny gold hardware is something that you find a lot more in this brand than in others, and although it’s unexpected with distressed army-green leather, it sort of works when you learn who made it. The design successfully melds two styles while making an on-trend crossbody bag for the boho chic crowd, and it does all of that for a very reasonable price. Our little handbag designer is growing up! Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $475.