We’ve discussed the finer points of the Christian Louboutin Sweet Charity Shoulder Bag several times before, but Christian Louboutin just keeps coming up with more iterations of this bag that we can’t help but love. And when we love something, we feel compelled to post.

After a bit of thought, I think I’ve finally figured out why Louboutin has so much success with this line of handbags when the rest of the brand’s offerings tend to fall flat: A squared, hard-edged shoulder bag allows him the same sort of fixed structure as a shoe and beckons for the kind of embellishment and flair that marks the brand’s best work. This snakeskin and nubuck version is one of the bag’s more subdued looks, but the pale colors have me transfixed.

Subtlety is usually not one of Louboutin’s virtues, but it sure seems to be an accurate descriptor of what’s going on here, and I love it. The white and dove grey snakeskin looks so delicate and ladylike, and the contrasting texture of the nubuck trim isn’t so different that it looks like stuck-on rickrack. And for a snakeskin day bag from a designer with a huge name in fashion, the price seems downright reasonable, compared to a lot of the competition. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1595.

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