At first glance, the CC Skye The Onie Messenger Bag seems great. The use of both smooth and python-embossed lambskin gives the bag a sense of depth and texture, and the crossbody structure and schoolyard feel are on-trend and very current without losing the bag’s classic appeal.

But then…what is this bag supposed to be used for, exactly? At first I thought it was a high-end school or work bag, but the 13″x13″ dimensions and shallow depth mean that it could only be used for small books and an iPad or netbook at most. At the same time, though, those dimensions seem a little bulky for an everyday handbag.

That has to be its intended purpose, though. Proportionately, I wish the handle was slightly more prominent and the bag slightly wider if it was intended to be carried as a satchel, or that the overall shape was a bit smaller if the bag was intended primarily as a crossbody handbag. As it is, the size and shape sit right between the bag’s two most likely purposes and make either use a bit awkward. It’s too bad, because the finishing and feel of this bag are great. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $595.

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