In general, Megs and I do our jobs here without seeing the bags in person. Often we might have seen a bag at one point or another on shopping trips or on the arms of friends, but usually bags hit the internet before they hit stores. We can’t wait to write about a bag until we’ve had it in our hands or it’ll be old news, but past experience with a brand’s bags combined with good photos are usually enough to comment accurately.

The Tory Burch Leather and Chains Satchel, on the other hand, I did get to see. I had dinner at an Atlanta restaurant known for it’s people-watching on Friday night, and a woman carrying this bag walked by our table several times. I don’t know why she was up and milling about the restaurant, but I got an eyeful of her bag and I liked what I saw.

Tory Burch bags almost always live up to or exceed my expectations in person, and this one was no exception. The chain detailing is done in a way that looks high-end and intricate, but it’s simple enough to not overwhelm the satchel’s ability to be a go-to bag for a variety of outfits and purposes. The slightly punk touch provides just enough personality, but since the chain is woven into the leather and not just glued on top, it doesn’t have the cheap feel that a lot of similarly adorned designs might. Buy through Saks for $595.

Wanted: Luxury Classics

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