Even for someone like me who loves all manner of embellishment when it comes to accessories, the endless parade of brights and neons and rhinestones and patterns and fur and feathers and god knows what else can get a little…tiring. It’s like I have fancy fatigue. Amid the cacophonous roar of Spring 2012’s many trends, it’s nice to occasionally get a little bit of a palate cleanser before heading back to maximalism. Today, that palate (palette?) cleanser comes courtesy of Rochas.

Rochas isn’t much of a player in the accessories market, but the French brand’s handbag profile is steadily rising with increased availability at stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks. For some reason, perhaps because spring’s rococo lushness is just now hitting stores, the Rochas Colorblock Leather Tote and Rochas Scalloped Leather Handbag are hitting me just the right way. It takes a certain amount of confidence to make a dove grey and ivory bag and call it “colorblocked” this season when that term usually refers to some combination of neon and cobalt.

But that’s exactly what these designs are – confident, restrained, endlessly elegant. They’re made for people who prefer to be a bit demure instead of all-out flashy. That may not usually be me, but in a season so endlessly filled with stuff, it’s nice to be reminded of the other side of the coin from time to time.


Rochas Scalloped Leather Handbag, $1585 via Neiman Marcus


Rochas Colorblock Leather Tote, $1465 via Neiman Marcus

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Vibri Wulandari
10 years ago

Love it!  Minimalist with the scallop accents.
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Musette
Musette
10 years ago

these are gorgeous!

Fashiondoesntexist
Fashiondoesntexist
10 years ago

Too minimalistic for my taste but cool anyway!

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Marie Martell
Marie Martell
10 years ago

omg I have Never ever fell in love with a bag… The handbag did it for me.  I can see why you started this blog..

Marinaharbor
Marinaharbor
10 years ago

Love the tote, the shape is flawless!!

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

Love them both!

19yearslater
19yearslater
10 years ago

I like the edges, but not so much them calling a bag that is a couple shades of white ‘color’ blocked.

mlle p
mlle p
10 years ago

I love love love Rochas but it is owned by Procter and Gamble who I abhor, sadly.  I am not giving money to anyone who tests products on dogs.

urbansketch94
urbansketch94
10 years ago

Is it just me, or is the Rochas Scalloped bag a ripoff of the Louis Vuitton Pont-Neuf?  Actually, the Rochas looks better than the Pont-Neuf I think.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

I love the Rochas bag, beautiful!  But if you are looking for a more practical day-t-day satchel, check out the white and off-white at http://www.retrosatchels.com and they do not test on animals!!

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