It makes me so happy to see a young designer stay true to his or her aesthetic when launching handbags. Too often, accessories neophytes can get caught up not only in the potential dollar signs of successful bags, but also in the design challenges that they present, which different from those of ready-to-wear. An accessories designer gets brought in who isn’t a great fit for the brand, and more mediocre bags flood our stores. Zac Posen, I’m looking at you.

Thankfully, it seems as though Jason Wu isn’t going to fall into that trap. The Jason Wu Python Shoulder Bag, from the just-show Pre-Fall 2011 collection, is not only perfectly on-trend but also beautiful in its own right.

This bag clearly owes a debt to the Celine Classic Box Bag and the aesthetic that that bag and other like it have ushered in to favor, but the lines within that genre are so classic that none of the bags can ever truly be a ripoff of another unless it’s a stitch-for-stitch copy. And this bag clearly isn’t, what with the lush red sueded python. I bet Phoebe Philo wishes her accessories people had thought of that first.

The price of this bag is as yet unavailable, but it should be reaching retail in mid-summer. Photo via Jason Wu.

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  • Mitch

    It looks like the purse has a face – 2 eyes and a nose – and is staring at me (ipad)

    • Jen

      exactly like what i am thinking!!!!!!!! I see the EYES!!!!

      • Joyce

        It DOES look like a face now that you mention it! (ipad)

  • Bombonica

    this looks fun!

  • greenpixie

    This is adorable. What a great punch of color for a neutral outfit! (ipad)

  • Brenda

    Not sure if I like it! How big is it? (iPad)

  • annabelle

    love the color (ipad)

  • Ellen

    Love everything about this bag. I hope that the prices for the collection are reasonable. (ipad)

  • Marianna

    I LOVE this bag! I WANT this bag! I NEED this bag! :) (ipad)

  • Vitta

    Very cute! But there’s really nothing exceptional or new about the design that deserves this much accolades. Amanda, what’s wrong with Zac Posen’s bags?

    • They were just kind of mediocre, and since the line didn’t have much of an identity or personality as a handbag source, most of it ended up on the sale rack. I’m not even sure if the main line is still produced, it’s been a couple of seasons since I’ve seen a Zac Posen handbag in a store.

      • Vitta

        Everything goes on sale at Target, eventually. Not because of designers though. Let’s be fair and less personal.

  • Tonya

    I like this one as well but I would wonder how it would look overtime. (ipad)

  • Leah

    This is perfect – but I hope it comes in something non-python so I can buy it in California :( (ipad)

  • Limey

    i love the design and bold colour (ipad)

  • nini

    The two white buttons are adorable. (ipad)

  • LDJ

    It’s nice, but I don’t care for it. I hate purses with long straps…just something about them. ugh!!! (ipad)


    this is a great crossbody bag (ipad)


    love that color (ipad)

  • S.J.

    awesome firey red color (ipad)

  • S.J.

    great for spring and summer (ipad)

  • S.J.

    the new black? :) (ipad)

  • coachwife6

    Looks like a cute little face. Darling. (ipad)

  • Kelly

    i like the color ….. but hmmmmm not sure abt the bag(ipad)

  • Adrienne C

    it’s ok (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    It kinda looks like a face (ipad)

  • Shana

    I love it! (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    I just realized that it looks like a cartoon cardinal! (ipad)

  • reneeo

    I love this! I want this! The color is fab! (ipad)

  • Chloe

    Very nice bag, perfect colour for S/S.

  • sebastian Giam

    beautifully desgined! i love the colour combo of red/gold.. (ipad)

  • Kmroboto

    The face is the first thing I saw! I like it but could never buy it because of that (iPad).

  • Fountain

    Looks like a funny face to me.

  • 19yearslater

    Now that I see the face comments the only thing I can see is one of those puppets from the Fandango commercials, made from paper sacks. XD (ipad)

  • lovelavie

    so so … (ipad)

  • Elizabeth

    So cute! I love little bags with long straps! (ipad)

  • Jenn

    So glam (ipad)

  • Jenn

    party bag (ipad)

  • Cindy

    Seems fun, but I personally wouldn’t buy it. (ipad)

  • mango

    I LOVE THE WAY this bag seems to smile at me. :-) (ipad)

  • mango

    oh, and i also love the colour and texture! (ipad)

  • Jenn

    talk about painting the town red (ipad)

  • jennifer

    love the color! (ipad)

  • cl

    I’m not too sure I’d buy this bag. With the large selection of crossbody bags nowadays… there are more options (ipad)

  • Christine

    love the color and texture but do we really need another shoulder bag? (ipad)

  • swati

    now that everyone has mentioned it looking like a face, that is all that i can see ……..
    before reading the face comments though, i loved the bag – such a wonderful bright red and the python looks amazing (ipad)

  • Jennifer

    Wonder what the dimensions are? I’m into small, shoulder bags these days, even those with a face! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    such a party bag! (ipad)

  • Kathy

    love this bag…so classy (ipad)

  • Nicole O.


    Had me at those words. haha.

  • Mochababe73

    I like the bag and the color, but it’s a little small. Also, I would prefer just regular leather as opposed to python. I would like to see more of the collection especially for everyday bags.

    • Mochababe73

      and I forgot again (iPad)

  • edoardo

    It’s not an “Ugly” bag but from Jason Wu I want a lot mroe!!! Oh gosh e is Jason Wu the “young revelation” of this year and he only purpose this?? oh no I want more!

  • Anita

    Very cute and it does look like a face(iPad)

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    Does look like a bird face to me. The red seems too orange to me–I like reds with blue tones. (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Chirp chirp (ipad)

  • Ken Vien

    hahaha – birdie bag (ipad)

  • Jen

    Hate this! (ipad)

  • Pam

    I like the color.(ipad)

  • Sue E

    I’m on the fence with this one (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    Not too impressed (ipad)

  • Alicia

    It looks like a face (ipad)

  • quimerula

    Lovely, but I like bigger bags (ipad).

  • honeycem

    I would love to have this PYTHON!

  • ninjaninja

    It’s like a ligre, but cardsnake (hybrid between cardinal and snake). (ipad)

  • Lianne

    Interesting. Love the colour. (ipad)

  • Bettye

    The color is beautiful. (ipad)

  • Kim

    Gorgeous red! (ipad)

  • Caroline

    I’m looking forward to seeing this line! (ipad)

  • Chells

    This is a fun looking bag. (ipad)

  • Mousse

    Don’t like it. (ipad)

  • PurseAdict

    It is good but I prefer bigger bags … (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    i actually can see a cute birdie face! hahaha.. this is sooo cool..
    does it come in yellow? (ipad)

  • Justine

    I love this cute bag! It really fits summer! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    not loving the gold hardware (ipad)

  • sosti

    It is GORG! (ipad)

  • Cate

    not loving the style-but color and python=LOVE (ipad)

  • SS

    Love the color, the texture, and the python coupled with the cross-body style. LOVE! (ipad)

  • Letícia

    It has a face! I like the leather though. (ipad)

  • Isabelle

    A great option is the Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Mini!!
    It’s got a similar satchel-like shape with the rocker attitude and is more affordable but still good quality.

    You can find it on eBay:

    The leather is so soft!! Such a classic, iconic bag with an attitude!!
    Love it!!! (ipad)

  • nick

    Not bad. (ipad)

  • helen

    Yes, definitely looks like a cute little red bird face. Duck? (ipad)

  • jillybean307

    oh yay-it totally looks like a face. (ipad)

  • MizzJ

    Very cute for spring! (ipad)

  • Fiel

    I love how red it is!! (ipad)

  • Lina

    impressive indeed!(ipad)

  • Sil

    i like it. it’s a gorgeous color, and i like the fact that you can see a face on it. maybe it´s supposed to look like a python? ;)

  • Olivier

    If the bag was in yellow I would say that it resembles a rubber duck! I love the bag btw, the leather looks beautiful! (ipad)

  • KY

    Cute bag! (ipad)

  • Emma Glass

    Jason Wu RULES! (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Color is beautiful (ipad)

  • Courtney

    I love this! Shoulder bags are my favorite right now and I would love to have this one. (iPad)

  • Terry West (Click Here)

    This article make some excellent points and comments about fashion, which gives your readers something to think about, consider and ponder on. Your clothes will make a nice gift for anyone with excellent taste. Thanks very much.

  • Elaine

    I didn’t think of the bird face at first but once I read people’s comments about it I can’t get the bird face out of my head! (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    very cute, im really into smaller bag esp crossbody, patheon maybe not but a croc will be better. this will do. (ipad)

  • ladyjessica42

    This is such a cute and fun bag…Perfect for summer! (ipad)

  • Diane

    would have loved this if not for the two gold things to make it look like a face…(ipad)

  • Smith

    hahahah that’s funny the person before me mentioned it looks like a face – i thought the same thing. kinda looks like an owl to me…ya see it? love the color tho. (ipad)

  • Deborah Curran

    I could see my carrying this bag – ipad

  • Paulina

    That python looks so luxe! (iPad)

  • ellen

    the red is too bright for my taste! (ipad)

  • Heidi

    Not a “must-have” item. (ipad)

  • mango

    very cute but im not crazy about it (ipad)

  • Desaria

    im not a fan of small bags (ipad)

  • nini

    fierce and cute… didn’t know it was possible. (ipad)

  • wendy

    I wonder if the bird face is intentional? (ipad)

    • Sundance

      I can’t believe you’re not pyilang with me–that was so helpful.

  • Bessamy

    Adorable shoulder bag. It resembles a cute birdie. (iPad)