Here’s Elizabeth Banks, exiting a hair salon in Beverly Hills with a Tod’s D-Styling Bag on her arm. (Am I missing something, or is the “D-Styling” one of the worst names in all of bagdom? It’s a shame too, because I love this bag.) The crisp lines of this supple Italian leather shopper pair especially well with Elizabeth’s preppy denim polka-dotted shirt and cropped rust red skinnies. You can purchase this bag for $1,845 at Nordstrom.

I had a serious Freaky Friday moment when I first saw these pics and realized Elizabeth and I were wearing the same top! I suspect she didn’t buy hers at T.J. Maxx, but that’s just a hunch. I used to loathe polka dots, but I’ve softened up to them in recent years. Someone in my social circle recently suggested that polka dotted denim is a trend best left to the over-40 set, but I contend that polka dotted denim is fun for all ages. Thoughts?

Elizabeth Banks carries a Tod's D-Styling Bag while leaving a hair salon in Beverly Hills (1) Elizabeth Banks carries a Tod's D-Styling Bag while leaving a hair salon in Beverly Hills (2) Elizabeth Banks carries a Tod's D-Styling Bag while leaving a hair salon in Beverly Hills (3) Elizabeth Banks carries a Tod's D-Styling Bag while leaving a hair salon in Beverly Hills (4)

My feelings are a bit conflicted about it already being mid-October. On the one hand, I’m excited for the holidays, but on the other, I can’t believe how fast the year has flown by. However, the nice thing about the end of the year is that with the impending holiday season comes a slew of Limited Edition items from some of our favorite designers hoping to entice us to open our wallets and buy.

Tod’s is one of the first brands out of the holiday gate with their limited edition run of the house’s iconic items, from the Tod’s Gommino Shoes to the Tod’s D Bag. The highly coveted Gommino shoes are available in a variety of skins and embellishments, including exotics, studs, and metallic leather. On the other hand, the D Bag, which is a staple for the house, will be warmed up for winter in white mink fur.

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I’ve been feeling a growing excitement towards Tod’s recently and it all started with their Tod’s Tote Bag. The brand is known for their beautiful products, but I felt a bit lackluster about the designs they were putting out – it all seemed too restrained, maybe even too refined. But it looks like Tod’s is finding the happy medium between being a brand that is known for elegance and being a brand that stays on trend.

For Tod’s Spring 2013, my beloved Tote Bag returns in a creamy nude hue and along with it are beautiful python skins in some of the most familiar shapes from the brand. The classic Ballerina shoe is revamped with an overall lift which I adore. There is much of the same, it is just more beautiful than usual, and I would also like to add that I think I should move into their Italian showroom. (more…)

I have a confession: I’ve never owned a Tod’s bag. Don’t get me wrong, the brand makes some absolutely beautiful bags, but I’ve always been more drawn to its shoes, namely the iconic driving loafers. With occasional exception, the bags usually don’t speak to me – that is, until now. I am positively obsessed with this bag, in every way possible. It is stunning, simple, and from the moment I laid my eyes on it, all I wanted was to pet it, own it and carry it.

The soft grain leather with offsetting tonal side panels forms one of the most alluring bags I have seen in months. There is something about the shape of the bag, the color options and the finished product that makes the Tod’s Tote Bag the bag I can not stop wanting needing this Wednesday. (more…)

I have no complaints about Tod’s, it’s just that I am never really into their bags. Tod’s is known for their clean lines and quality materials, but their designs are so subdued that I often find them a bit forgettable. However, the Spring 2012 collection from Tod’s caught my attention when I previewed it, and now I have a bag that I am positively obsessed with.

I am so in love with the Tod’s D-Styling Medium Bag in green python. The timeless design in luxurious sueded python is so delicious I can’t stop staring at it. This bag pairs elegance with a fashion-forward flare and everyone should feel a twinge of wanting once your set your sights on it. (more…)

Yesterday, Amanda and I popped into the Tod’s showroom to preview the Spring 2012 collection. Seriously you guys and gals, this collection is so absolutely fantastic that I can barely contain my joy – even at this moment. Last month when Amanda posted a sneak peek of what Tod’s had in store for us for the upcoming season, I already started to feel a bit of handbag-yearning. But upon seeing this bags up close and personal, my yearning has turned to a full-on obsession.

Tod’s has never let me down when it comes to quality products and classic designs, but in the past few years, Tod’s has lacked that certain “oomph”. Sure, the bags are gorgeous and well-made, but they were almost too demure and too classic to grab my attention. All of these problems have been fixed in the Tod’s Spring 2012 Collection, where bright colors, unique combinations and wearable designs reign supreme. (more…)

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For most people, I think the image that comes to mind when one thinks of Tod’s is that of comfortable driving shoes and fine, if very traditional, leather handbags. It’s a company that makes the kinds of things that everyone’s mother would be overjoyed to receive for Christmas. That, in and of itself, is also a bit of a problem; how does Tod’s make itself relevant to its next generation of customers?

It looks as though the company would like to start answering that question with Tod’s Spring 2012.The collection represents a modern take on the brand’s most popular bags, the Bauletto satchel in particular, with versions that run the gamut from only slightly left-of-center to full-on crazy. Crazy relative to the classic bags for which Tod’s is known, anyway. I see some very interesting options in this lineup that I’d love to wear myself. (more…)

There are plenty of brands known for bags that make disappointing shoes (and vice versa, certainly), so it’s no small feat when a company takes its footwear and successfully uses it as an inspiration for handbags. And yet, that’s just what Tod’s has done with the Tod’s Signature Collection. The bags’ embossed pattern is an ode to the texture that forms the bottom of the company’s famous driving shoes, and it gives the brand what it’s been lacking: A logo bag of sorts. (more…)

Clearly, accessories designers at Tod’s have not set out to reinvent the wheel. They’re very happy with the handbag as we know it, and their designs celebrate the essential need that we all have to carry our belongings, combined with our desire to do so with a beautiful sartorial object.

The Tod’s Ivy Sacca Media Shoulder Bag is just that – a beautiful, simple object that performs its essential function without fuss or bother. For those who love Hermes but simply cannot afford to spend Hermes prices, a Tod’s bag like this one is perhaps the best alternative on the luxury mass-market. (more…)

I know that many of our readers are categorically opposed to fur, but the material is so trendy for fall that we wouldn’t be doing our jobs correctly if we ignored it. Most stores only have early pre-orders available for their cold-weather collections, and already fur bags from major designers are starting to show up here and there.

Of the options I’ve seen so far, the Tod’s D-Styling Bauletto Medio Bag is easily my favorite. Instead of taking on the bushy, overly plush look that befalls so many fur designs, the laser-cut fox has a finish that’s both luxurious and visually interesting. This bag is one of very few that I’ve seen where the use of the fur actually adds something to the bag’s aesthetic. (more…)

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