Reed Krakoff Leather and Wool Boxer Tote, $990 via Net-a-Porter.

I’ve heaped a lot of praise on Reed Krakoff recently, and all of it is genuine; every time I see one of the man’s bags (and increasingly, his shoes as well), my credit card runs and hides. It just knows. I’m still trying to coax it out from under my bed after laying eyes on the gorgeous Reed Krakoff Boxer Leather and Wool Tote. This shape has become the young brand’s signature, and this mixture of textures and shades might just be the best one so far, particularly when you consider the price.

Rarely do I feel my heart flutter when I set eyes on a handbag rendered in grey and black, but the mixture of leather, wool and suede in this one is just too good to pass up. And that’s been something of a hallmark of Krakoff’s success so far; he does an excellent job mixing colors and textures in such a way that his pieces are still neutral but not at all boring, which is a difficult feat for even the most seasoned aesthetes.

That he can do those things on top of making a functional, roomy bag at a somewhat achievable price point is the real news bulletin here, though. Other designers likely could have concieved of this design, but I’m having a hard time thinking of one that could do it for less then $1500, let alone the three-figure price tag that Krakoff is offering. Ladies, meet you new fall work bag. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $990.

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