I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I just don’t get the perforated leather trend. At all. Some trends, like fringe or boho, I don’t like but I can understand their popularity because they’re a good fit for people whose personal styles are far different than my own. But who wants leather that looks like a basketball jersey?

It’s rare that I see perforations (which I classify differently than cut-outs) done well, but if you’re looking to find a chic perforated option on a budget, the Hinge Perforated Leather Tote is likely the best that you’ll do. One of the main reasons that I like it? I didn’t realize it was perforated until I looked closely.

Subtlety can be an under-appreciated virtue, and this bag has it in spades. The regular leather accents help give a textural context to the perforated body, and the sleek lines and clean edges of the handle attachments in particular lend a note of minimalism that’s quite appealing. Instead of screaming about how on-trend it is, this bag whispers. The round studs give just the right touch of metal. Buy through Nordstrom for $298.

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