I’ve been raging against designers’ distasteful and poorly conceived uses of fur on bags over at PurseBlog lately, and leave it to one of the mid-priced brands to school the likes of Dior and Louboutin.

Bloomingdale’s list the material of the Furla Tate Satchel‘s top flap as pony hair, but it’s somewhat longer and more fur-like than the material usually is, so it makes me wonder if that’s accurate. Whatever it is, it’s not nearly as ugly as most of the much more expensive bags that we’ve seen adorned with similar fabrics this season. The key to using fur tastefully (if you believe fur can be used tastefully, of course) is to not let it overwhelm the bag’s structure or purpose, and Furla managed to keep things under control.

I would have much preferred if Furla had skewed a tad younger and more modern with this design, but even as it is, it has most fur-involved bags beaten. Keeping the length of the fur (or whatever it is) short and neat helps maintain the bag’s structure, and the tone of the leather plays off the tone of the fur’s pattern. It’s well-played all around, and it’s a nice reminder that these kinds of materials don’t have to be vulgar. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $695.

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