I am so used to thinking “clutch” when I come across a Lauren Merkin handbag that I could hardly believe this bag was a Lauren Merkin. But once I got passed my initial shock, I decided the bag was worth a real look. My first thought was, I really wish there was a different background. The color of the bag and background are so similar that it is a little distracting.

Lauren Merkin Ostrich Bag

I know that has nothing to do with the bag itself, but it makes it harder to analyze. Ok, the Lauren Merkin Ostrich Paige Duffel Bag is certainly a fashionable option for a duffel bag. I am a huge fan of the grey ostrich-embossed leather and sturdy looking double rolled handles. When it comes to a duffel bag there is a pretty good chance you are going to put tons of stuff in it, so you better have sturdy handles to grab onto. Contrast banding at the pockets and bottom of the bag adds slightly subtle yet noteworthy detailing. I could definitely see myself using this as a carry on bag. Buy through Shopbop for $575.

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