Betsey Johnson Whips & Studs Tote

Y’all? Are you guys seeing what I’m seeing? Because if more Betsey Johnson bags looked like the Betsey Johnson Whips & Studs Tote, I’d have a whole closet full of ’em, particularly at sub-$400 prices.

What Betsey usually doesn’t do very well is apply restraint to her disco-punk aesthetic, and if she did so more often, perhaps we’d have more bags as successful as this one. Yes, studs and black leather have been done already this season, but this one looks just as high-end as anything we’ve seen in much higher price ranges and from much more “serious” brands.

I think the key to this bag is relegating the actual studs to the middle flap and side gussets, but mirroring the structure of the studs in the quilting that runs along the bag’s base. It provides a nice balance without overloading the bag with hardware, and the matte black leather that they used gives the bag a great slouch and looks like it would be soft to the touch. My personal favorite part, though, is the big tassel at the end of the flap. Buy through Bloomngdale’s for $368.

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  • bunny

    i freaking LOVE it! WHY dont they have it in my country!! arghh

  • danishchair

    I thought I was the only one noticing this bag! I love the design elements such as how the pieced squares on the bottom mirror the shape of the pyramid studs. I agree that this bag has tons going on but is restrained, not a trainwreck. Closer images show what appears to be a decently supple leather for the price. Since I have been less than thrilled with other grey bags (and I need one desperately), this one is still a possibility! Thoughts?

  • danishchair

    oh, and I love the “small” version which has a chain around the handle!

  • 19yearslater

    The studs are too big for my taste but it is a nice bag.

  • Kimberley

    The small hobo version of this has a chain and leather handle and looks very nice irl. Lovely colors of black and grey and Nordstrom currently has it on sale for a measly $129!!

  • Mandy

    I love this bag! It is a little too reminiscent of my Treesje Marley bag or I would get it…I did buy the miniature version from Nordstroms…or I think I did. Nordies has been taking and canceling orders for this for the past week. The only version currently on the website is the red one.