Okay. We see what you did there.

The Opening Ceremony Lele Hand-Bag Satchel, brand new for Fall 2014, isn’t trying to beat around the proverbial bush. Those are hands. On a handbag. A HANDbag. In case you missed that, the brand went ahead and hyphenated “handbag” in the piece’s name for you, to make it extra obvious. Do you get it yet? Are we all up to speed? Opening Ceremony wants to be sure we’re all up to speed.

Opening Ceremony occupies a spot in the fashion landscape that they’ve managed to fill with high-style irony and irreverence, but the HAND-le attachments on the Lele line stepped over the line into eye-roll-inducing territory. They look cheap, but not intentionally cheap, especially on this streamlined, sublimely textured grey faux crocodile version.

If the bag had regular, shiny silver hardware without any hands, I’d adore this bag and, in all likelihood, have it on my fall shopping list. The price point – $775 – is compelling, and it has the potential to look much more expensive than it is without the hands. Alas.

For customers who pride themselves on their witty sensibilities, though, this bag will likely be popular. Which side of the divide are you on – do you love it, or will you leave it?

If you love it, pick up one of your own for $795 via Barneys.

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