Ever take a look at a bag and think to yourself, “Self, why in the world do I like this?” Well, that’s what I thought when I laid eyes on the Treesje Mortale Tote Grande. I had a punk phase in high school, so as an adult, I’ve never been a big fan of the ironic skulls fashion thing. Not when Alexander McQueen did it, not when Thomas Wylde did it, not ever. I didn’t hate it, but I felt like my time to wear skulls had passed, and I needed a more subtle nod to my previous self to incorporate into my wardrobe. And I also don’t like pictures of things on bags – I normally find it distracting and a cop-out for a designer that couldn’t think of anything interesting to do without drawing pictures. And yet, as I said. I like this bag a lot, and I’m trying to put my finger on exactly why that is. It’s a pretty standard, functional shape. The color is nice – gunmetal is a great neutral and the bit of glam shine gives it a little something, I think. Treesje usually uses really chewy, soft leather, too, so I bet it would be great to touch. And there are little macabre skulls all over it, which I had thought I had grown out of…but maybe not. And the whole effect is sort of tone-on-tone, so maybe it’s possible to have a bag that SUBTLY has skulls all over it? Honestly, I’m not sure. But I am sure that I like it. For some reason. Buy through Luna Boston for $498.