Sometimes, seeing things in person makes all the difference. If I had just seen the web photos of the Cole Haan Maria Triple Zip Satchel from the brand’s line of Maria Sharapova bags, I might have passed it by. I played with it in person on a recent trip to the Cole Haan store in Atlanta, however, and this seemingly neutral bag was way more fun than it looks like it would be at first glance.

First things first: the leather is like buttah. I was so completely impressed with how supple and soft that it was that I could hardly believe the price tag – it has to be some of the nicest I’ve felt this side of Bottega Veneta, and those bags will run you ten times (or more) what this one will.

It’s to Cole Haan’s credit that they use the gorgeous leather in wide swaths bordered by suede instead of letting it be broken up by the structured encumbrances of external pockets and pouches. As a result, this bag’s beauty really shines through and makes you wish that more reasonably priced designers would use such gorgeous materials. Buy through Cole Haan for $498.

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  • justa9url

    I LOVE this bag. It would definitely work as my everyday bag but it wouldn’t be just your average bag. (fb)

  • Jane

    I will have to plan a trip to the store. I love how it looks on the net, but I think I would have passed it by because its that staple looking bag, but now that you have so stated how incredible the leather is I might just have to go to the store and check it out for myself. For that price and you comparing it even near the leather quality of BV has me completely intrigued and ready to drive 3 plus hours for the chance to see it in person. (fb)

  • jennyfir

    I have the hobo version of this bag and the leather is fabulously soft. I get loads of compliments on it. I love the gunmetal hardware which Cole Haan doesn’t do often. And I like the chains on the satchel handles. You might want to call your nearest Cole Haan store to see if they are stocking it. I had to have the store here in Vegas order my Maria hobo for me. They’ve never had it in the store.

  • elyse

    you are right! Pictures really don’t do this beautiful bag justice (fb)

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