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.

I make the Tod’s/Hermes comparison because of this design’s emphasis on the beauty of the bag’s material. The putty-colored, pebbled Italian leather takes center stage, just as the unique and detailed leathers do on so many Hermes bags. And when you’re using leather as nice as both brands generally do, there’s no reason to guide the emphasis elsewhere. Tod’s isn’t innovative, but it makes beautiful, functional bags that don’t need any innovation. Buy through Saks for $1495.

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  • louch

    Totally agree about Tod’s – amazing handbags, often not recognised and beautifully made.
    Love this one!

  • Catt

    I agree with most of your point of view in this article. However if you compare the “functionality” of these 2. Hermes and Tod are not even in the same level. Hermes is way better, the pockets, the studs, the top flaps, the buckle straps, Hermes’ design makes birkin functional and totally make sense.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      IMO the top structure of a Birkin (and a Kelly, for that matter) is a little annoying and inconvenient, and for the massive price difference between bags from the two brands, Tod’s is a very reasonable alternative for women that still want a simple, well-made luxury bag.

      • merve

        Plus the Birkin is sooooo heavy

    • Xiao

      not really, higher prices does not always indicate it’s the only “best” option, Hermes isn’t the only designer bag out there. At this point with so many counterfeits and tacky celebrities and girls with rich parents hording Hermes, it’s almost ruins the brand for a lot of people

  • s

    tod’s are mom handbags

    just sayin’

    • Xiao

      If by that you mean moms dress better than young girls, sure. I’ve drooled over Tod’s bags since i was 19, i’m 23 now. I would carry Tod’s bags over ANY other bags. It’s a good thing they haven’t been ruined by people ‘catching on’ like LV monogram bags have..

  • Jenn

    I like it. I’m not a mom (nor do I intend to be anytime soon) but I would carry this. (And I’m usually more of a Marc Jacobs or Burberry gal.) So there’s that…

  • Loquita

    This is a gorgeous, gorgeous bag. I would buy it in black in a heartbeat.

  • Nicole

    Tod´s bags are characterized by a sophisticated, classic, timeless style and discreet luxury. I have several Tod´s bags and absolutely love them. The quality is amazing. These bags are made for woman that do not have to demonstrate their status anymore by carrying It bags.

    I will definitely buy another Tod´s bag within the next week. Have you seen those beautiful handbag collection for the upcoming winter season? Adorable!!!!

  • MAGGIE (COACH ADDICT)

    I agree Todd bags are simply elegant and the make a perfect quite statement..

  • Elaine

    I like this bag alot! Form and function combined into one bag – awesome!

  • Bagladee

    I think this bag is simply stunning. I can’t wait to see it IRL and can definitely see myself owning this.

  • Kim

    WOW I was trying to see who made this bag every since I saw the pic of Halle Berry toting one to lunch and I never gave Tods a look before this bag thinking it was for the more mature woman. (I am in my late 30′s) I am now in love with this bag. Very timeless,elegant with a slight edge and well crafted.

  • Tracey G

    i love simple bags (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    this bag is so stunning, love. (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    loving the simple color and design (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    this bag would look awesome on anyone! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    need this bag in my life (ipad)

  • Broderick Marian

    Absolutely fab bags, I have one in black and it has been admired everywhere I bring it. I love this bag so classy.

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