Bags and shoes occupy a unique spot in the fashion world because of their need for practicality. They’re where fashion literally meets function; in order to make a hit handbag, shoppers not only have to like what they see, but they have to like how they feel when they use the bag, and there are only so many structural variations the consumer market is willing to consider. That means a bag’s details–its embellishments, finishing and hardware–matter a great deal when it comes to capturing a buyer’s imagination, and it’s why I’m so smitten with the 3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Bag.

The Alix isn’t brand new, but it’s been around for about a year and hasn’t become an unmissable celebrity favorite, which means it still has some visual novelty to it. It comes in several shapes–a couple clutch styles, a shoulder bag in two sizes, there’s a messenger bag out there somewhere–but common among all of them is a simple, sculptural front closure.

3.1 Phillip Lim isn’t a brand known for its ultra-distinctive hardware, which is maybe why this bag felt like such a pleasant surprise to me when it debuted. None of the shapes are especially reminiscent of what any other big brand’s are doing right now, and neither is the rounded closure, although Marc Jacobs did come along afterward and debut something similar. Lim’s is more graceful, though, and it’s more expensive-looking. And, ultimately, isn’t that usually the goal?

3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Clutch
$895 via Nordstrom

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3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Clutch
$895 via Neiman Marcus

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3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Mini Bag
$895 via Neiman Marcus

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3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Mini Bag
$895 via Shopbop

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3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Mini Bag
$1,179 via mytheresa.com

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3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Shoulder Bag
$1,095 via Neiman Marcus

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3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Suede Shoulder Bag
$1,095 via Nordstrom

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AshleyG
AshleyG
6 years ago

Yay, it’s the paperclip collection!!! Ha…

Kate
Kate
6 years ago
Reply to  AshleyG

You nailed it. I kept staring at the photos and thinking, “Simplicity appeals to me, so I want to like this bag, but something is stopping me. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about this bag just doesn’t float my boat.” Now I know what that something is.

kemilia
kemilia
6 years ago

Totally a paperclip–very clever!

Sophie Helen Spiegelberger
Sophie Helen Spiegelberger
6 years ago

http://www.ofsilkandsatin.com
Beautiful bag, thinking of purchasing one!

Jessyca Johnson
Jessyca Johnson
6 years ago

There is big bag sale in Bloomingdale’s in these days! I found great coupon for this sale!

Ladies! Don’t miss the chance to buy something special for you with lower price !

http://dailycouponsavings.com/listing/up-to-70-off-big-brown-bag-sale-event/

Smithy
Smithy
6 years ago

meh

Rubyteisner1
Rubyteisner1
6 years ago
Reply to  Smithy

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