As much as the handbags themselves catch my attention, there are certain times when a given handbag name really peaks my interest. I guess you could say that my mind does a fair amount of wondering and questioning. When I came across the Betsey Johnson Tea Party Betsey Frame Satchel I was more intrigued by the name than the handbag itself. I didn’t really find anything that great about the handbag itself, but I began to find myself fixated on tea parties. For the life of me, I can’t remember the last time I went to a tea party, can you? And if you were to go to a tea party, is this the kind of bag you’d carry? Personally, I wouldn’t. The crinkled patent leather satchel with goldtone bow accents is not for me. Plus, when you open the handbag, you’ll find floral lace lining; it just seems like there is too much going on. Maybe this bag would be fun for a young girl, but that’s about it. Buy through Bloomingdales for $375.
I find myself fence-sitting just a bit on this one. On the one hand, I think the Betsey Johnson Bow Lock Flap Clutch is a cute, punky, affordable take on a Chanel classic. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s got a cute lil’ bow, and the piped edges make me think of retro 50’s upholstery, but in a surprisingly good way. On the other hand, I like Betsey Johnson just how she is – ridiculous. And I’m not sure that this bag is ridiculous enough to bear her name. To be Betsey Johnson, doesn’t it need to be bedazzled or printed or studded or SOMETHING? It’s just got a demure little metal bow. Which I like, but doesn’t Betsey usually include like 9 of those? Either way, I would have liked it to be larger. It’s cute as a clutch, but I think it could be rocked as a day bag as well. Buy through ShopBop for $235.