In the past, I’ve spilled plenty of metaphorical ink bemoaning the lack of editing and low taste level found in some of (ok, many of) Juicy Couture’s previous designs, but lately, I haven’t had much to complain about when it comes to the much-maligned contemporary brand. It appears as though those in charge of the company have seen fit to clean up their act and appeal to a slightly more mature audience, and the brand’s handbags, like the Juicy Couture Mini Perforated Crossbody, are better for it. The design still incorporates young elements, but it does so in a way that isn’t aggressively tacky.

Yes, those are little perforated hearts that you see above. Normally, I would endorse such a thing (my aversion to perforated leather as a whole is rather well-documented), but in this small dosage, it might actually work on the right girl. Tiny heart perforations on a reddish-salmon leather bag are certainly preferable to giant heart appliques on a big, pepto-pink velour tote, and since that’s probably something that Juicy would have made a few seasons ago, I think you can all see my logic here. We have progress! Buy through Nordstrom for $148.

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