We all know that I tend to be a little tough on Versace, but it comes from a place of love. (Usually.) The brand has a great and utterly glamourous history, and with the right people in place, it could be a source of lovely bags and shoes that would make us all sublimely happy. The company has struggled in recent years, but lately I’ve noticed a significant uptick in the look of its accessories. For example, the Versace Patent Flap Shoulder Bag is a functional piece that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The squiggly red lines reminded me of the work of 80s pop artist and social activist Keith Haring on first glance, and although I don’t know for a fact that Haring’s work has anything to do with this particular bag, it would be particularly fitting if there were some connection. Haring’s 80s heyday was marked by an artistic output featuring bold shapes and bright colors, and much the same could be said for Versace as a brand.

Besides the possible artistic influence, this design has a few other charms. The wide, comfortable shoulder strap is printed with the traditional Versace interlocking logo trim to give a little bit of print contrast, and the roomy side gussets reverse the flap’s color scheme with white-accented red leather. Although this bag doesn’t look all that roomy at first blush, the structure and depth make me suspect that it’ll hold more than you might think. The price seems a little high, but Versace’s prices always do to me; I’ll forgive the brand for the price point because this bag is one of my favorites from it in quite a while. Buy through Nordstrom for $1795.

  • mochababe73

    I like it. The bag has a vintage feel to it and reminds me of old bags that my grandmother used to have. The pictures online are amazing. Might have to go to our Nordstrom’s or Versace boutique and check it out.

  • Stephanie

    It’s classy and simple. I love it! I also love the red accent on the white bag.

  • Lulugurl

    So much love for this little bag. It is so cute and fun…I love that it really doesn’t take itself to seriously, this little baby is going straight to my wish list!

  • ninjaninja

    I just can’t get into this bag…

  • edoardo

    Nice, but tto white…maybe it’s a bit cheap…it looks so!

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  • KaylaNiche

    Not a fan

  • 19yearslater

    It’s really cute. I wouldn’t pay that much money for it, but it’s nice.

  • Cathy Fitz

    Nice, but not enough for that price.

  • Loly

    Can’t believe that it’s a Versace bag. it’s simplicity and elegant shape remind more on a Celine’s bags

  • Krista

    Love how simple it is.

  • An

    Love it!

  • Karin bag4bag

    I don’t know why but I love it. The squiggly lines are appealing and the simple color choice is strong and assuring.