When we talk about a bag having retro influences, we usually means that it harkens back a couple of decades – the 50s, the 70s, something like that. If a company is going really retro, maybe it even references the roaring 20s. Rarely, though, does a bag get all medieval on us like the House of Harlow Rey Bag does. This little velvet pouch has a slightly Renn Faire vibe to it, right? Are you digging it? (And yes, I know I’m mixing my eras here. The Renaissance was after the Middle Ages. I know!)

Against all odds, I think I’m down with this look. I love intricate hardware of almost any kind, and this design definitely ticks that box, plus its small enough that the velvet won’t overtake your entire look. Everyone expects you to be carrying something thoroughly sharp and modern, but sometimes, the chicest thing you can do is turn others’ expectations on their heads. Sub in this bag for your average envelope clutch, and I bet more than one person will ask you about it. Buy through ShopBop for $148.

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  • J Umm

    $148 isn’t expensive, but you could find these style of bags in vintage shops for less than that….

  • rose60610

    Cute. Now all I need is a poet’s blouse and a falcon on my arm.

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  • bir

    hmmmmmm no no for me if i were to wear something from this period or time ,it would be paired with ultra modern jeans and it would be some kind of top or jacket in an old tapestry trompe style. with a very up to date vuitton or celine something like the graffiti bags in neon to complete the look the bag is one thing i would not revisit this period for.

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  • 19yearslater

    I actually love this.

  • mochababe73

    It’s cute, but I wouldn’t use it. It’s a little dark and heavy for my taste

  • jrl

    I love it in red, matches my nails, and so stevie nicks. With a cape and on halloween I am ready!