A bicolor bag of significant size is a legitimately difficult thing to design well. Since the interplay between the colors is usually the main event, choosing the shades and how they’ll be placed is crucial and often makes or breaks a design. Most designers simply don’t manage to do it very well.

The Kooba Kelsi Satchel is the rare example of when two colors combine to create a very attractive bag. The lighter and darker shades of red are combined in a way that sort of reminds me of a 50s diner – whether you think that’s a good or bad thing will depend on your personal taste.

The key to this bag’s success is that the combination of colors will likely coordinate well with anything that one of the colors would have matched. Picking shades from the same family certainly makes the design process for a bicolor bag simpler, and it increases the likelihood that a customer can visualize the bag in her wardrobe. Overall, this bag is one of the best bicolor options I’ve seen recently. Buy through Nordstrom for $349 until the end of their Anniversary sale, $595 afterward.

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  • 19yearslater

    This is expertly done. The shades look perfect together and the bag design is functional. If it had a zipper on top I’d be on board 100%

  • Geoffrey Rose

    the red is a great color and combined with other tones of red is very cool.
    the form big-small like much and the details in silver too, is a beautiful bag.

  • ela

    nice color comnination indeed!

  • Mallory Jeanne

    I love this. The colors kind of give it a 70s feel.