Is it possible that we don’t give Michael Kors his due when it comes to handbags? I think it might be. Or perhaps the problem is that his brand doesn’t emphasize it enough – I’m not exactly sure what the issue is, but the brand hasn’t “caught” as a major power in handbags like one would expect when you consider the huge financial and marketing arm that the brand has behind it.

I talk about Princess Michael Kors himself every week in my Project Runway recap, but it’s much more rare that we sit down and discuss one of his handbag designs in a serious way, despite the fact that His Royal Highness’s brand put out a big line of bags every season. By the looks of the beautiful and reasonably priced Michael Kors Tonne Leather Hobo, we should do it more often.

For some reason, this had me fooled into thinking it was a Jimmy Choo bag for a moment – you know, a Jimmy Choo bag from back when their bags weren’t all covered in some combination of fringe, animal print and lightening bolts. My momentary joy at a reasonable-looking Choo bag was dashed, however, but it was replaced by considerable happiness that the designer was actually Kors. His handbags are almost always much less expensive, after all.

This particular hobo is even less expensive than I would have guessed. For less than $800 retail, you get a creamy, soft hobo that’s incredibly elegant and clean-lined, while still being totally functional. You also get some of the best bold hardware in the business (really, this is where Kors has shined for the past few seasons), ringed in real python and framing a handle that somehow manages to be both minimalist and detailed at the same time. The finished product feels like a surprise weekend trip to Palm Beach, but it’ll serve you well in pretty much any city that I can think of. Buy through Saks for $795.

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  • I was going to write about this bag too Amanda! It is a breath of fresh air, with a clean but not boring look. I adore this bag!

  • JenG

    The price is not bad and I like the way it is made with the 2 zippers on the front.

  • Janinevs

    Once again so derivative! To me, that’s the problem with MK’s bags, they always look like another brand. But he makes lots of pretty bags and this one is no exception.

  • JiChi

    So pretty!! I love it!

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  • An4

    love MK bags!

  • csm

    Although I do like the look of MK bags, I refuse to invest the money. I recently purchased (over the phone) the ID chain bag in python at NM on sale. It looked too fake for the money. I returned it. Right now, I’m not willing to give MK enough credit to spend a few hundred $$ on his bags. I think it’s b/c his less expensive line looks too much like his higher end. The cream colored bag does look nice. However, you are right. It looks alot like Jimmy Choo. Hopefully one day, he might have a bag that’s so awesome that I’m willing to purchase and keep it.

  • Bag Brag

    Looks like it’s moving more towards the Gucc styling if you know what I mean….

  • Mochababe73

    I don’t know about where you live, but a day doesn’t go by that I don’t see at least one woman carrying a Michael Kors bag. I own about 5 myself. I am currently carrying a bone Uptown Astor with gold studs. It’s beautiful and the leather is to die for. Of course, I buy them on sale.

    This bag is very pretty, and I love the shoulder strap. Michael Kors and his staff are design geniuses in classic American style.

  • ryrybaby12

    Oh wow…well, I just bought this in a beautiful grey and I ADORE THE BAG! It really is awesome1

  • ShoeQueen1961

    I like this… Alot!!!

  • mimi couture

    i love this bag! the strap is ultra comfortable and the two front zippers are so handy! I just sold it to a regular customer this morning, it looked great on her. She looked in the mirror and was sold. this is in my opinion one of his best bags and collections that i have seen him do. so outside the box not the ordinary skorpios collection. this is the only one i have seen that also reflects the contemporary line, but doesn’t at all take away from it. I mean it’s very easy to see the difference between the two….very nice MK

  • MishiGurl

    it comes in a beautiful taupy grey too. i saw it at Nordstrom. the whole collection is beautiful. and so different from everything else i’ve seen from him…

  • divina duchesne

    i bought a Mk bag that inspired from HERMES bIRKIN. IT’S SO beautiful purse . it feel like i had now owned a hermes birkin. it’s vanilla white. with a solid chrome padlock w/ his own key emblem Mk. i was so excited i got that bag.

  • Elyse

    the price really isn’t all that bad and I bet it could be found at a TJ Maxx in a few months. It’s certainly something I would look at twice (fb)

  • Adrienne zedella

    beautiful bag! fb

  • Adrienne Zedella

    Just gorgeous! (fb)