It’s rare that I come across a line of bags at Neiman Marcus that I don’t immediately recognize, but that’s what happened when I was browsing the retailer’s new fall arrivals online recently. The SW1 Podplaza Satchel, above, immediately caught my eye for its spare, confident design; it takes some nerve to design a bag that’s so aggressively minimal, because the eye doesn’t have anything by which to be conveniently distracted when evaluating the finished product.

After some research, that level of confidence wasn’t so surprising. SW1 is a high-design, Milan-based offshoot of American shoe powerhouse Stuart Weitzman, and the man behind the line is Alvaro Gonzalez, who has worked in accessories for Jimmy Choo, Tod’s and Valentino, among others. The bags are designed by Gonzalez and his team and produced in Weitzman-owned European factories, and so far, the results are particularly good. All of the pieces that Neiman Marcus carries are under $1000, and although the line might not be entirely at that price point, it’s a good place to start. Check out a couple more of our favorite pieces after the jump, or pick up the bag you see above for $995 via Neiman Marcus.


SW1 Matrix Asymmetric Envelope Clutch, $495 via Neiman Marcus


SW1 Mosaic Mother of Pearl Clutch, $895 via Neiman Marcus

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