Sometimes, you have to judge a bag based on the context of the brand that makes it. A bag that might be a strong effort from one brand might look like a failure from a brand that usually make gorgeous stuff and, you know, not everyone can be one of the cool kids, in high school or in handbags.

Which is why I have nice things to say about the Juicy Couture Rule Breaker Tote – it’s not a great bag, but it’s a solid effort from the usually heavy-handed designers at Juicy Couture.

Juicy Couture Rule Breaker Tote

Is this an objectively attractive bag? That’s sort of up to interpretation, I suppose. I know that it could have been – the distressing has made the leather look paper-thin and brittle, but had they used a material of a bit higher quality, it would probably look weathered and soft. But I guess that’s why this bag is priced the way it is, and they’ve got to control their costs somewhere.

Other than the leather quality, I don’t have many problems with the bag. The external doodads are a bit much – zippers, tassels, pockets, a few studs, some completely unnecessary flaps. But in the context of the brand, it’s not one of their most disagreeable designs, and it looks like it would be fairly functional, even if it’ll probably wear out completely by next season. Buy through Saks for $398.

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