You know what I like? I like it when brands that we don’t normally associate with handbags make a handbag line. Why do I like that so much? Sometimes, I think that the traditional handbag brands get so bogged down in their own branding that they can’t see past it to innovate or make something exciting. I’ve heard many complain that that seems to be the case with Chanel lately, and I might agree. So I’m always looking for unexpected things, and today I saw the Yohji Yamamoto Leather Bag with Metal Rings.
I have no idea how long it’s been out; I never click on the designer at eLuxury since he’s not known for his bags. Although it doesn’t appear so different than a regular bag at first, something about the proportion and handle look really interesting to me. It’s entirely functional in pretty much every way that it needs to be, but it still has a minimalist, architectural quality to it that most designers don’t think about incorporating when making a hobo bag out of soft leather. In the face of established designers becoming complacent, it’s nice to see a relative outsider in the high-end handbag market do something interesting. Buy through eLuxury for $2000.