Why have I been writing about so many black bags recently? That’s not a rhetorical question – I really would like to know. Not only do I normally prefer bright bags in almost every case, but it’s summer! It should be time for beautiful shades of blue, yellow and pink, but for some reason, half of the bags that I’ve loved recently have been black. Maybe my love for the color is affecting me in ways that I never thought that it would. Alternately, maybe the winter industrial trend has spilled over a bit in to spring.

Or perhaps there have just been an unusually high number of good black bags released recently. Thankfully for all of us, many of them have been exceptionally well-priced, such as the DKNY Quilted Leather Tote.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way – any bag with pebbled, quilted black leather is going to remind any real handbag lover of Chanel. I don’t think that’s a detriment in this case, however – despite the little logo coin, I don’t think this resembles any particular Chanel design similarly enough to be called a rip-off. It merely uses some of Chanel’s favorite elements, which is totally allowed.

It’s particularly permissible at a sub-$400 price point, in fact. This leather tote looks luxurious and expensive at a rather modest price tag, and it’s the sort of bag that will serve you all year long and for many seasons to come. It may not be the first on your summer purchase list, but if you’re concerned about getting mileage out of your bags, pass up the trends and go for something like this. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $345.

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