Notting Hill Design Westbourne ToteThud.

I just fell off my couch.

The Notting Hill Design Westbourne Tote is just that beautiful. Never heard of the designer? Me neither. Nor has basically anyone, but they somehow snuck the Westbourne Tote into an upcoming episode of Gossip Girl, on the arm of none other than Blair Waldorf herself, and that will set the fashion folks a-chatter more quickly than almost anything. As the name suggests, the brand is based in West London and has a small collection of several bags in a variety of exotics including python, crocodile, alligator and ostrich as well as calf, deer, goat, and buffalo leather. Their bags are simple but architectural in design, and the attention to detail paid when using the exotic skins is incredibly exact.

Look, for example, at the size of the scales on the inner side of the pockets and how it lines up with the size of the scales on the section of the bag to which it is attached. They obviously took great care to match up similar sections of skin in order to not break up the natural lines of the python, and the effect is tailored and chic. Many of our more well-known brands don’t make that kind of attention to detail a priority when working with python, and the fact that this small design house did speaks volumes about their commitment to craftsmanship and quality. The bag comes in a variety of skins and leathers, and therefore a variety of price levels, but I think that either the blue python or the ivory crocodile are my favorite. Buy through Notting Hill Design for £1,895.

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