I love purple, I love studs, I love soft leather, and I love handbags that cost less than $500. All of those things are great things in and of themselves, and you would think that when you combine them all together, they would be even better.

But I’m not so sure. The Bulga Blesk Stud Tote has left me a bit undecided, and I need to talk this one out.

Bulga Blesk Stud Tote

So, first and foremost, I have absolutely no qualms about the color – I love it. I have a purple bag that I use constantly in the winter, it’s the perfect shade to go with brown, black, grey and all the other dark colors that are so common in cold-weather clothing. It’s a pop of color without looking out-of-season. And I always prefer silver hardware, but the gold works fine in this case.

I also have nothing bad to say about the shape, except that the handles are obviously too short to make this work as a shoulder bag, and that will eliminate it from some people’s most-wanted lists. I don’t mind an arm-carried bag, though, so I’m fine with it.

I think my trepidation comes from the size of the studs, combined with their placement. If they had been smaller, it may have been easier to place them in such a way that they look sporadic and interesting. At this size, they’re so big that when you look at them, you miss the forest for the trees. I respect their desire to do something a bit different, but the execution is just not doing it for me with the studs. Buy through ShopBop for $398.

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  • bunny

    i think it would look better if the straps were held by gold hardware buckles like the ones on a Louis Vuitton hampstead gm bag. and of course if the bag was shorter, which would make the handles longer. can u see it? if the bag was shrter than the large studs would look better.

  • Rufina

    “Blesk” means “Shine” in Russian. Unfortunetely this bag does not shine like some of her other creations. I like this ex-model’s line of bags for the most part, leather is incredibly thick and soft, silky to touch and her colors are to die for, saturated. Not too crazy about the lining she used in the past-some cotton printed material that is more appropriate for aprons than lining of an expensive bag. Some of her bags in the previous collections were hideous, really hideous and I would not wear one if you paid me. She improved however, this fall her line is really nice looking, I guess except for this one , what is up with the studs on one side only? Pass, even though the price is very reasonable for this brand.

  • Davide

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