Milly Leather Shoulder Bag, $395 via Net-a-Porter.

For better or for worse, “contemporary” bags often have a particular type of look to them. They’re often slouchy and supple to appeal to a younger customer who wants a more casual look for a less painful price tag, which results in some great bags that have a look I’m proud to support. But it also means that for a clean, tailored look, we have to look for more expensive bags that use more costly materials and appeal to a customer who’s a bit older. Until the Milly Leather Shoulder Bag came along, that is.

Spring 2011 marks Milly’s advent to the handbag world, and the brand’s extremely well-priced line has showed a great deal of finesse for an initial outing. This bag in particular looks much more expensive than its modest $395 would suggest, and the glossy sheen to the fine-grained black leather is something you’d expect from a bag that costs well into the four figure range. The sleek oversized hardware is also another very high-end touch, and this sort of seasonless, office-appropriate shoulder bag is the type of accessory that a wide variety of women would find useful. For less than $400, Milly’s ideas are certainly a welcome addition to the accessories landscape. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $395.

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  • ninjaninja

    I don’t like it. Maybe it’s so square-ish?

  • Amy

    Love this bag! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  • Staci

    Amanda, I’ve had my eye on a few Milly bags! I love the structure.

  • Cathy Fitz

    Thanks for pointing this brand out!

  • Leah

    I just saw this on NAP today and LOVED it!

  • MizzJ

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love how boxy it is and how quirky that oversized hardware looks.

  • Angela

    Nice one. I hope you can have more features like this.

  • Penelope

    This is a high quality bag and amazingly they sold this for less. Great! And definitely I love the style too. :)


  • twelfth street by cynthia vincent

    I like the look but the studs make the bags so heavy.

    twelfth street by cynthia vincent

  • edoardo

    amazing bag, cools hape like some Chloè models…great!

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  • Mochababe73

    I like it. On net-a-porter it looks bigger on the model. I thought that it was another small bag. But you could probably get a little more than just your daily essentials in it.
    Figures that it’s spring, and I’m just starting to get into black handbags. Never was a fan of them before.

  • poonam

    its too square