Tods Venghe PochetteContinuing our report on Parisian fashion, we turn to one of our more elegant, less in-your-face designers, Tod’s. The Tod’s two story store was conviently located right across from Hermes’ plex and impressed with a clean, white store front. The two large windows immediately gave us a good idea on what there was to be expected inside the store: tons of chic bags.

Hung on a filigree brushed steel holder, Tod’s Venghe Pochette in silver seemed to stand out above all other handbags. The clutch’s fancy name already suggests a plethora of elegance, but its live appearance revealed some very nice features that rank it right up there among our favorites. The pochette screams of attitude and is the perfect companion for a dazzling night out. The Venghe Pochette is made from exotic karung reptile leather that shimmers like a disco ball when the spotlight hits it. It may have actually just been the sparkling from the fluorescent tubes in the store that drew us over to the bag, now that I think about it.

However, the clever feature about this clutch was revealed upon taking a peak inside: the fold-over top is enhanced with discreetly hidden magnets that smoothly snap the flaps in place. It was so nifty in fact, that I couldn’t stop playing with it. Its inside is made of fine satin-finished textile lining while a beveled bottom allows bag to sit upright at times it’s not in action. The silver bag went for EUR 780. In the US, it is available from ELuxury in gold for only $745. It’s all relative afterall.

Tod\'s Happy CernieraThis year, fashion designers are out huting for the tribal chic! It becomes more than apparenty that Africa has an immense influence on many of the designs we see emerging from major names in the fashion biz. The blend does the works really good, as you can tell by Tod’s “Happy Cerniera.
This swank handbaggie show quite possibly the best interpretation of the safari trend. It is cleverly constructed with two open outer compartments, a framed middle compartment with leather trim and silver metal Viennese clasp. The front sports a pocket with suede and smooth leather flap, printed calf hair accent, brushed silver metal padlock and Tod’s signature leather patch. The handbag is (of course) made in Italia, measures a compact 1.5″ x 7.5″ x 5″ and retails for a beefy $950. However, you’ll be the coolest cat in the wild with this bag, no doubt.

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