Posting a bag that looks like this always makes me a little nervous. Well, scratch that. Posting a bag like this only makes me nervous when I LIKE it, and I feel like I’m about to be told how wrong I am and how ugly it is. Bloggers have feelings to. Well, sort of, anyway.

But I can’t help it. I think the Alison Wood Max’s Kansas City Hobo is really interesting and well-executed. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. You will not convince me otherwise! Plus, it’s a bag that not all of your friends have (yet).

Alison Wood Max's Kansas City Hobo

I’ll admit that I have absolutely no context when it comes to this designer, except what the little blurb on Neiman Marcus’s website tells me – she lives in New York, the materials are from Italy. And, really, that’s all the context I need in order to know that I love this bag and want one for fall.

We’ve all hated on bags similar to this one before (I know I have…), but to me, there’s a big difference between a fringe-y catastrophe and the obviously judicious use of shredded leather that forms this bag’s body. If nothing else, it’s worth a zoom-in: the leather is a variety of subtly different colors and types, and it all comes together into an elegantly controlled chaos that is positively alluring.

The small differences in the color are what makes the bag for me, and they really bring out the interesting construction of this particular hobo. It’s just messy enough without being too messy, and the slightly disheveled look is one that’s huge among starlets right now. If the designer knows what’s good for her, she’ll be sending these bags out to Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, and all their buddies – the fashion media would be abuzz about her line in no time. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $595.

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  • I like it!!! It is different, cool, fun, and funky.

    I shall protect your feelings :)

  • ottercat

    I really like this bag. Something different! Love the combo of the squishy/broken in, with the architecture of the carefully placed layers of leather ruffles/fringe. The price is right as well.

  • Jennie

    I am all for it!!!

  • shop2drop1

    I agree, it’s interesting….I’d love to know the Kansas City reference as I live there.

  • sydney

    i think the kc ref is the NYC 70s rock club….like the other bags in her fall collection….roxy, cbgb, studio 54, village gate
    gotta love that edgy urban sense of design

  • bellafleur

    I just saw this bag on an email from NM this morning, and I love it! The designer grew up just 25 or so miles from where I live now! Here’s what NM has to say about her:
    About Alison Wood: Born and Raised in the quaint lakeside town of Racine, Wisconsin, designer Alison Wood brings a dynamic ingenuity to her handbags, combining her Midwestern appreciation for durability and craftsmanship with the urban edgy aesthetic of her adopted home of the past 11 years, New York City. Her love for design, beautiful lamb & cow skins and a need for a large, comfortable bag led her to toy with a few designs of her own. Her leather comes directly from a small tannery outside of Solofra, Italy which is delivered to her craftsmen in her hometown, New York City, giving Alison the ability to keep a keen eye on detail and quality.

  • ottercat

    Max’s Kansas City was a bar in the 70’s frequented by rock stars and the Andy Warhol “factory” crew. Tons of drugs, music, and good times by the glitter crew. The place is long gone. Has nothing to do with Kansas City, Misery.

  • Kathy

    I love this bag! It reminds me of a Valentino – very fresh.

  • Vard

    I love this. Funky, elegant and outside of the box thinking–without anything too crazy. Elegant funk. I want one!

  • Authentic Jeans

    would like to view your catalog or pictures of your purses..