It’s difficult to think of new ways to make a basic tote shape new and different, and although I really like the Badgley Mischka Suzanne Tote, I’m not sure that it can really be called “new” or “different.” After all, Beirn has a line of woven watersnake totes already. But sometimes different isn’t a necessity, particularly in the face of a reasonably priced exotic bag that can be used year-round and all day.

It’s hard to find a bag that’s multicolored but still convincingly neutral, full of texture but not functionally impaired, and still within a somewhat reasonable price range. Add real snakeskin to the mix and that mission becomes nearly impossible. But somehow, Badgley Mischka not only managed to do it, but the did it better than Beirn.

This bag doesn’t photograph particularly well because of the mixture of weaving and the the natural snake pattern, but in person, woven snake bags almost always look great. The double pattern provides a depth of visual field that’s hard to achieve otherwise, and a somewhat random pattern like this one helps eliminate any signs of wear and tear, even on a bag that’s mostly light-colored. For about $500, this is quite a bit of real snakeskin, used in a way that almost any woman could incorporate into her wardrobe. Buy through Zappos for $502.

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