Kate Spade Crown Point Sasha Shoulder Bag, $495 via Nordstrom

Maybe it’s always been this way and I just don’t remember it, or maybe the advent of leopard print as a trend has changed prices a bit, but calf hair is expensive. Monetarily, it’s positioned as a semi-exotic; it costs more than regular leather but a bit less than a brand would charge for it’s lowest-tier exotic leather. In layman’s terms, that’s means it’s kind of spendy.

Some contemporary brands use the material, of course, but many of them choose to go with printed suede when it comes to leopard because it provides texture without jacking up their materials costs. And that’s why I love the Kate Spade Crown Point Sasha Shoulder Bag; it uses calf hair in a very of-the-moment way without passing the extra cost along to the company’s customers.

We’re big Kate Spade fans around here already, and bags like this just make us more resolute in our fandom. You’re going to see a lot of variations on this theme over the next several months, and almost all of them are going to be more expensive, not to mention less cute. The small size and boxy shape of this bag are just as relevant as the leopard print, and the little resin bow on the front adds a whimsical touch that works well with leopard. I dare you to find another representation of this trend that’s this good for less than $500. Buy through Nordstrom for $495.

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