Last week, we had quite a discussion over the lack of great American luxury handbag designers right now. I’ve heard many of you say you want to see more diversity in the brands we feature, so I’ve been spending time looking for bags and brands that I love that are a bit different from our usual suspects.

Sophie Hulme isn’t brand new to the handbag market, but the British designer has steadfastly made bags that fit into an under-appreciated mid-level price point for several years now. There are plenty of contemporary brands and plenty of premiere designer brands, but there’s this sweet spot in the middle where not many brands fall. Sophie Hulme fits right in, and her bags are well-constructed and have light-hearted finishing touches.

I’m in Florida, and the warm sun has me forgetting the frigid NYC winter we endured during NYFW and longing for summer. The Sophie Hulme Holmes Cutout Leather Bag is just what I need. I don’t always find myself drawn to tan leather or cutouts, but on this Sophie Hulme bag, everything is so divine.

I could see this bag paired with a flowing white dress, oversized shades and the perfect summer backdrop. Sophie Hulme bags are impeccably made and priced fairly; this bag is $1,055 via Neiman Marcus.

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  • ElainePG

    At first glance, it’s quite pretty. But the photos on the NM site reveal that it’s unlined. So when you put in your wallet, sunnies, phone, and other sundries, the clean cutout look will become a mishmash. The solution, of course, is a purse liner… but at $1,000 plus tax, surely that extra expense shouldn’t be necessary?

  • Stina Sias

    I have a Sophie bag and I love it! My only complaint is that the leather is SO lightweight that it always slips off of my shoulder.

  • Smithy

    Great style yet I wish the gold squares were a little smaller.

  • hadrien

    looks like something you found at garage sale…for $1000 expect better

  • FashionableLena

    I’ve seen these on bloggers. They always look a little clunky. Are they in stores or just online? I’ve never seen them at Neiman’s.