At this point, bucket bags and studs are no one’s new favorite trends anymore. Particularly studs – I can’t remember the last time I saw a bag that was covered in studs that didn’t look like Fall/Winter 2009 had thrown up all over it. Drawstrings, if a recent post on the subject over at PurseBlog is any indication, are quickly headed in that direction.

Still, somehow, Olivia Harris managed to combine the two and still make a bag that I would consider purchasing. Maybe it’s the rich burgundy dye, but the Olivia Harris Staple Pouchette combines two flagging trends to create something that just might be more than the sum of its parts.

I’d be fully on board with this design if the strap was different – it seems too clunky and cumbersome for such a small bag, and I would have preferred chain with a leather insert at the shoulder. As it is, though, the richly hued leather and flat, rectangular studs are far more interesting than the average black purse with pyramids that we’ve seen from nearly ever designer over the past year, and if people are still insisting on doing studs, this is the way I’d want them to do it. Buy through ShopBop for $355.

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