The more Alexander Wang bags I see, the more I like him as a designer, and the more I think that one of his bags is going to have to be my next major handbag purchase. He has such a specific point of view that he represents so well and it sets him apart from a lot of the middle-of-the road designers that are worked at a similar price point.
My latest love from his fall line is the Alexander Wang Jess Small Shopper. It combines a few Wang signatures – simple, functional shapes, thick, matte leather, and industrial design cues. The rows of neatly arranged shredded leather remind me a bit of the belts used in machinery – sort of like giant, black, chunky rubber bands. The design is kept sleek by the vertical banding that holds the shredded leather in place every few inches, and the bag as a whole doesn’t seem like it would be too delicate for everyday use, despite how cut-up it is. Leaving off external hardware allows the bag’s deconstructed aesthetic to shine through, and I can’t help but salivate over it. Buy through ShopBop for $895.
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