Cole Haan has been flirting with greatness for several seasons now. Almost every collection from the brand includes at least one or two bags for which I would absolutely die, surrounded by a lot of fairly pleasing mediocrity that seems to sell quite well. The Cole Haan Jenna Leather Shoulder Bag is from the first group – I’ve seen this line in person, and this photo doesn’t do it justice.

Flap bags of this variety have gained favor over the past couple of seasons, and the change in color and texture from the main material to the trim makes this one stand out. At first I was unsure if I liked the shade variation because most of this bag’s other versions match exactly, but I’m starting to think that this is a good idea.

Bicolor bags are another important trend, and mid-priced brands tend to fail miserably at creating the same kind of color juxtaposition as their more-expensive counterparts. This attempt, though, is pretty solid – the colors relate to each other and are close enough to easily slip into an outfit, but they’re different enough that you notice. When you add in the pretty gunmetal hardware, this one is a workaday winner. Buy through Saks for $428!

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    I like this bag- I was admiring a friend’s tote in these same two colors just yesterday. It’s a nice break from black, don’t you think?

  • Mochababe73

    The bag is okay. Cole Haan is known for quality so I suspect that it’s even better in person.
    For some reason, I am thinking that it looks like something my grandmother would wear. My grandmother has hinted to me that the last purse that I bought her for Christmas has fallen apart. I may just get her this one or one similar to it.

  • Jess

    I’ve actually seen this in person and the colors are quite close in real life, nowhere near the difference seen in this picture. The trim is very luxe!

  • Stylista

    Eh, no. This is ok, but a bit too crunchy granola for me.

  • Joyce

    This is interesting but not sure if it works, gutsy for Cole Haan to do a two-toned bags – I wish more companies would! (ipad)