When we covered this tote in yellow python back in March, what tripped up most people was the price – $4500 is a lot for a bag, whether or not it’s exotic. Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for a regular leather version, and lo and behold, the Salvatore Ferragamo Plume Patchwork Bag finally came along to grant my wish.

Even in a decidedly more pedestrian material, the design of this bag holds up to scrutiny. It’s a little bit left-of-center when you compare it to your average tote with an extra shoulder strap, and I couldn’t be more pleased.

I’m frankly surprised that I have anything positive to say about this bag, since normally any combination of the words “brown” and “patchwork” make me kind of itchy and uncomfortable. In this instance, though, they strike just the right note – the bags in this collection have all struck me as having a significant safari influence.

I don’t wear much brown (or any brown at all, really), but the milk chocolate color of this leather makes me sort of wish I did. It’s a perfect shade for classic brown lovers, and it makes this tote an unexpectedly timeless piece. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $1795.

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