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.

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  • Mel

    This is really beautiful! (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Not feeling it (ipad)

  • Marianna

    They can call it anything they like-I call it underwhelming. (ipad)

  • Cate

    cute and casual! (ipad)

  • Joyce

    This bag is in-between for me; I like the design and Lim was certainly being creative with his leather treatment process, but why didn’t he just leave the leather smooth? The canvas treatment doesn’t add value for me. (ipad)

  • Tonya

    Not feeling it either (ipad)

  • Shana

    I actually kind of dig this (iPad)

  • Jeanine

    Hmmmmm. Sounds interesting??? (ipad)

  • coachwife6

    Not bad. (ipad)

  • jill

    Yes please! (ipad)

  • Mochababe73

    I like the design and color, but I am not crazy about the treatment (?) of the leather.
    Very confusing indeed.

    • Mochababe73

      oops! (ipad)

  • Kelly

    It’s an interesting take on leather for sure…but at the same time, there’s nothing wrong (or underwhelming) about the simplicity of luxuriously smooth and touchable leather! (iPad)

  • JJ

    the bag is reminiscent of Marc Jacob’s Classic Collection. He did a bag that looked almost exactly like this w/similar slip-lock pockets (ipad)

  • greenpixie

    I like the shape of this bag a lot, but I’d prefer my leather to feel like leather to be honest. (ipad)

  • annabelle

    the leather here seems to be different…kind of like it but dont like the bag at all (ipad)

  • Limey

    I prefer leather =) (ipad)

  • Liz

    Love how casual it is. (iPad)

  • nick

    I find most of the materials used in Phillip Lim’s line very cheap. (ipad)

  • Wendy

    Hmmmm… I think I like it. I do like the strap being a different color. (ipad)

  • Leigh

    It seems to have an aesthetic very similar to come Coach bags. (ipad)

  • milwifey

    Hmmm… very interesting but not for me. If I want a leather bag, the last thing I want it to look like is canvas. (ipad)

  • nini

    I like the different-color strap! (ipad)

  • Jen

    I’m torn between liking this bag and disliking it… I think a tiny bit toward the side of dislike. Anyway… I wouldn’t buy it. (ipad)

  • wendy

    I wonder what it feels like. (ipad)

  • Pam

    I don’t like it. (ipad)

  • Miriam

    Yeah, I’s like to feel it (ipad)

  • Kelly

    i prefer everything in leather haha (iPad)

  • Kat

    I don’t like it. It looks cheaply made, like something I would find in the Target bin. Sorry. (ipad)

  • ok123

    i like it but i want to know how it feels (ipad)

  • Marion

    I stared at it for a good 10 minutes to try to figure out what I felt about it. It does seem practical but beyond that it’s not that exciting. (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    now stop rightttt there..
    i’m confused..
    what was it that u’re talking about, again? (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    so, is this coated canvas? or leather? calfskin? lambskin? whattttt??
    i’m still confused..
    NEXT ! (ipad)

  • Sherry

    interesting (ipad)

  • Sherry

    love how casual the bag is (ipad)

  • Alicia

    I would have to see it to form an opinion (ipad)

  • Alicia

    I want one! Great for summer (ipad)

  • Maggie

    not a fan… and it looks kind of.. cheap. (ipad)

  • Caroline

    So it’s leather with a canvas texture? meh. (ipad)

  • Zeshan

    i like this bag (ipad)

  • tony

    it would be nice if the bag is bigger in size (ipad)

  • tony

    ya, it does looks like canvas to me (ipad)

  • Jenn

    Very unique bag (ipad)

  • Jenn

    It would be interesting to touch (ipad)

  • Nikita

    I would prefer regular leather (iPad)

  • Adrienne C

    love it! (ipad)

  • eorchid

    great bag design, however, i would prefer it in just plain leather. sumptuous and sturdy! (ipad)

  • Joanna

    I like it but something about it seems off (iPad)

  • Britney Anderson

    I think the coating helps the leather to last longer. I think it’s a great idea! (ipad)

  • 19yearslater

    Hilarious post! The first thing that popped into my mind was a bag made of leather then covered up with actual canvas! Really interesting description. As if calling “blue” 47 different names wasn’t confusing enough. That’s fashion. (ipad)

  • fuchsiafury

    Looks like denim! (iPad)

  • Tiffany

    This is cute (ipad)

  • chloehandbags

    If you look at a close-up of the close-up pic, it looks (to me, anyway) as though the canvas has been, sort of, hammered into the surface of the leather, to form a sort of leather-canvas amalgam?

    A bit creepy, if you ask me…

  • raffa

    not my favourite (ipad)

  • Jennifer

    interesting….like the color combo (ipad)

  • Kathy

    not sure why you would treat leather to look like canvass (ipad)

  • Laurie

    My guess is that it is an emboss treatment, although it looks like it has a softer hand than the Prada embossed which is rather stiff…but I like the way it looks-only if I could touch it, I’m curious! Has anyone touched the bag yet? (ipad)

  • Justine

    I don’t really get this. But the bag is pretty though! (ipad)

  • Sue E

    I would 800+ for this’s done very nicely (iPad)

  • ☆Lola A♏ ★

    Hmm…it’s just okay to me. Don’t love it, don’t hate it. (iPad)

  • Ivana

    looks good and the color is great too but the leather doesn’t look so good to me hmm (ipad)

  • nadia maria

    wohooo shoot..
    that is spectacularly gorgeous!! anglina jolis bag i love it must see how beauty full collection leather bags

  • Elizabeth

    i love Phillip Lim <3 (ipad)

  • susan

    not crazy about this bag or the color. (ipad)

  • shannon

    i dont love it- the shape and color remind me of a old coach bag i have (ipad)

  • heidi

    not sure why anyone wants and pays for leather material only to have it look like canvas?? (ipad)

  • Cindy

    Interesting concept. Would have to see it in real life to make a better judgment. (ipad)

  • Ken Vien

    interesting….like the color combo (ipad)

  • SS

    Cute bag! I would have to touch it to see what I really thought about the material. (iPad)

  • spanish moss

    what a strange choice of words. (ipad)

  • Ellen

    It’s really cute; I love the design and colors. Although, I am baffled as well because I don’t know why anyone would want an expensive bag to look like canvas.

  • Ellen

    It’s really cute; I love the design and colors. Although, I am baffled as well because I don’t know why anyone would want an expensive bag to look like canvas. (ipad)

  • Deborah

    It just seems unnecessary. Makes it look cheaper than it should. (ipad)

  • quimerula

    What? O_O (ipad).

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    Kind of masculine looking, and such a blah color! (ipad)

  • Dilettante

    Not a fan of this one, I dislike the palette (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Love Philip Lim dresses too (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    not loving this style–cute size though (ipad)

  • handbagged

    What a friendly looking bag. It looks as if it would feel like an old friend. (ipad)

  • ariancita

    I don’t know why, but there’s something compelling about the look of the texture… I’d love to get my hands on it to feel it out. In principle I feel like I should be scoffing at it, but I keep coming back and looking at it, inexplicably drawn in… there’s something about it that’s just so… scrumptious… WAIT! I know what it is!!! It reminds me of buttercream frosting! Now I need some cake.. (ipad)

  • Julia

    i kinda like it…but the material photographs a little weirdly… but i do like the versatility of the long/short strap combination. (ipad)

  • Chells

    Guess this would work for those who want the canvas look, but are afraid of a material handbag. (ipad)

  • XXAL

    very interesting piece.. & the price is perfect. but most ladies would prefer a handbag little more feminine than this! (ipad)

  • Danielle

    I do not appreciate the art of this purse. (ipad)

  • Lynda

    looks grainy, I wonder what the leather feels like. (ipad)

  • Alison J.

    It’s definitely interesting. (ipad)

  • jillybean307

    I like the style, but I’d like the strap to be the same color as the bag. (ipad)

  • HandbagAngel

    Don’t like the material, don’t like the pocket, don’t like the color, and don’t like the strap. (iPad)

  • helen

    Designers and imagination in many sense of the word go together. (ipad)

  • mango

    hmmmmmmmmm. not sure about canvas coated leather (ipad)

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  • Letícia

    Not my cup of tea, but pretty interesting nonetheless. (ipad)

  • KY

    Not sure about canvas coated leather.. (ipad)

  • Deborah Curran

    not sure I like the pocket but not bad – ipad

  • Desaria

    love it (ipad)

  • Heidi

    I think I like this.. (ipad)