At this point, I was pretty sure I had seen leather described every which way possible. Painted. Scuffed. Glazed. Distressed. Short of “hung over and in need of a bloody mary and an ibuprofen,” I didn’t think that any description of a leather treatment would ever leave me baffled, and yet Net-a-Porter’s line about “canvas-coated leather” on the 3.1 Phillip Lim Page Bag has me thoroughly confused. How can you coat a bag in something that is, by its very definition, not a liquid?

Either NAP’s description is worded unfortunately or Lim & Co. got very creative, and I think I’m fine with either of those options. As long as the bag is leather and will wear like leather, treating it to look like canvas (or putting canvas and glaze in some sort of fashion blender and then treating the bag with whatever results?) is a bit of a neat trick, not to mention that it kills two sartorial birds with one stone. Not only do you have a great, rugged-looking bag for weekend wear, but you got it without having to dish out money for a lesser material. And as always, Lim’s purses remain well-priced for their place in the market. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $895.

Sweet Summertime

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