As I say often (and in fact, as I said yesterday), basic bags are a design challenge that we often ignore, but we shouldn’t. The problem is that even women who want a more traditional bag don’t want to think of their choices as “basic,” so taking a simple shape and elevating it to the next level becomes something that almost any designer has to be able to do in order to satisfy his or her customers. And with such a glutted handbag market, doing that while simultaneously standing out in the crowd is difficult. There are plenty of mediocre bags out there to prove it.

The Reed Krakoff 510 Leather Tote, however, is one of the pieces that succeeds. That it pulls off a very Valextra look while maintaining a three-digit price tag is even more impressive; I can’t help but think this would be at least a $1300 from almost any other brand.

In a design this simple, the lines have to be pristine, and adding the black piping around the edges not only gives the bag some visual contrast, but it also emphasizes how sharp the construction is. A tote this simple lays all of its secrets bare, and if it weren’t well-made or carefully planned, we’d all know it. That the lightest of dove grey leathers doesn’t betray anything negative is the only proof you need that this bag’s a winner at almost any price point, but particularly this one. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $890.

  • Lulugurl

    Lovely bag! I love the black pipping, it gives an otherwise blah bag some much needed punch!

  • bindc

    Gorgeous. I love it. I know a lot of women don’t like white bags but I love them. And I love the contrast stitching!

  • AshleyG

    Now this is a bag after my own heart! Try as I might, I’ve yet to find a Coach I wanted to purchase- but I am loving almost everything he puts out under his own line!

  • alice

    This bag is beautiful !!!
    The price is ok.
    I only wonder about the weight because I like light bags…

  • Cate

    This bag kills me, in the best way possible. Everything about it is right!

  • dalex

    Very nice bag, however, the price tag could be a little more deflated.

  • Britty

    Great minds think alike? Loved it in yesterdays post, still love it today!

  • Ninel G

    So lovely!

  • 19yearslater

    This is very pretty. I normally don’t go for this amount of structure but aesthetically it’s perfect.

  • mab

    Nice. Plain and simple but it would look a standout for a day out.

  • Bag_Fetish

    I love the look of it, but would never buy a Reed Krakoff as long as they’re producing their bags in China.

    • Deanna

      I know right. The bags are made in China. I called a rep. I refuse to pay that much money for a made in China bag.

  • Marianna

    I love the simple elegance of this bag. The piping really makes it work. I have seen this design without the piping and it’s just not the same. I dove grey is a color I would use often.

  • Lori

    Love it!

  • Cathy Fitz

    Love this bag. The black piping makes it.

  • PhotoGirl

    Beautiful! Now THIS reminds me of what I loved about Coach back in the day.

    • Amy

      I completely agree

    • Sarah

      Agreed as well!

  • Lori dougherty

    That really a beautiful bag!!

  • Lilac

    Love how clean and simple this design is!

  • Jay

    Beautiful! I want to own it. :)

  • Blaine

    Extraordinary. Sublime.

  • rose60610

    Great bag! Stylish and classy. Normally, I think bags of this size often look like diaper bags. Not this one. I’d buy this.

  • Fiona-Brasil

    Beautiful and classy bag for a reasonable price.

  • Lynda

    I love the simplicity of the Reed Krakoff 510 Leather Tote. The white with the black and the structure of the purse is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Amy

    Love it! Just wish it closed at the top. Don’t want any sticky fingers getting into my stuff.