As far as handbags go, “Chanel alternatives” probably deserve their own category on most large retailers. The French brand’s iconic quilted leather and chain handles have graced designs in one form or another from almost every brand that I can think of, and contemporary brands in particular enjoy taking liberties with the traditional style.

The Tory Burch Classic Washed Leather Mini Bag is one of the best variations that I’ve seen lately. The combination of dark hardware and a minibag shape give this purse a modern edge, which is perfect for Burch’s very fair price point.

In my mind, dark hardware might be one of the most underutilized tricks that designers have. Using it gives any design an immediate shot of modern cool, not to mention that it automatically makes a bag more neutral and useable with jewelry of any type of metal. I’d love to see Chanel itself experiment with this type of hardware, but for now, I’m perfectly happy with Tory Burch’s version. It doesn’t get much edgier than a chain handle that looks like an actual chain. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $265.

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