As Amanda has brought up a few times, Michele is a brand known for their watches, not for their handbags. And sadly, it seems that this fact hasn’t changed, despite producing some pretty nicely constructed handbags. And so far, they’ve done a great job of making brown bags likable- namely, neither icky nor boring.

Recently we covered the Michele Kylie Hobo, and today I’m introducing the Michele Colette Top Zip Shoulder Bag. Now, there are two reasons why I immediately zeroed in on this handbag. First of all, the combination of semi-shiny dark leather and bright gold hardware is difficult to pull off, but when it works, it reminds me of awesome steampunk-y brassy machines and embellished doctor bags.


That brings me to my second point- those bars on top. I personally find them to be utterly super. It’s rare that the bar shape is used in handbags, but it is rather comforting to have strong bars as purse handles. Not to mention that the funky red logos on the side of the bars add just the right amount of color to the bag. Buy through Nordstrom for $595.

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