Pringle of Scotland may not be a name that everyone knows, but it might be a name everyone should learn. Once merely a luxury knitwear manufacturer (from Scotland, duh), they’ve now been acquired by new owners (in Hong Kong, I believe) and are trying to create a larger brand identity for themselves. I don’t know how long they’ve been doing handbags, although I suspect that they’re fairly new to the market, but the Pringle of Scotland Kasia Slouch Tote makes a formidable (and enviable) first impression. Clearly, celebs like Rachel Bilson (pictured here curtousey of JustJared) have already added the bag to their handbag collection.
At a glance, it’s a black bag. Look closer, however; the detail work is nothing less than amazing. The 4 stripes on the front are knotted and woven in shades of grey and black leather so intricately that I MUST see this bag in person. I don’t know if it’s hand-constructed or not, but if not, they’ve certainly done a great job of making it look as though it was; the slightly rough edges and slight variation in the knots would make me feel like my bag was the only one like it in the world. The leather also looks incredibly thick and soft – and is that a suede lining I see? The bag’s description says that’s it’s ultra-lightweight – can that be? A suede lining on a bag that doesn’t make my arm want to fall off of my body? What kind of magic are these people DOING over in Scotland? Either way, the brand can be had through Net-a-porter.com (they’ve got some cute clothes, too!) and I look forward to seeing MUCH more from this brand’s handbag line in the future. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $2,500.