Say what you want, but there’s nothing as luxurious as exotic leather. The texture and detail are unparalleled, and stamping or embossing regular leather just doesn’t get the same effect. Exotics are pricy, of course, but if you can afford them, they’re worth it. I’m a particular fan of Carlos Falchi‘s python and croc looks – they’re less expensive than similar products from some other brands and the soft, slouchy approach that Falchi takes makes them look and feel much younger than the types of styles that traditionally feature exotic materials.

Take the Carlos Falchi Gathered Python Pouf Satchel, for instance. Not only do Falchi’s signature gathers make the bag look touchable and luxurious, but the finishing of the python and the way that it’s used accents the natural beauty of the material in a really great way. We all know I think that there is no greater bag sin that disguising an exotic’s natural beauty, but Falchi passes that test with flying colors here.

Speaking of colors, let’s discuss this one. It struck me as decidedly orange, but it appears as though the Powers That Be would like us to think of it as “whiskey.” Since whiskey is one of the only shades of brown that I find tolerable (in addition to being one of my favorite adult beverages), I’m willing to split the difference with them – it’s whiskey with an extra scoop of orange in the mix. Not only is the color a bit unexpected and totally tolerable, but it’s light enough that the variations in the dye highlight the texture of the material beautifully. Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $2995.

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