3 posts tagged with Felix Rey Handbags

Something that really irritates me is when I look at a bag, know that something about the bag was done PURPOSEFULLY to throw me off, I know what it is, and I still don’t really like it. It’s like someone tells a joke, and you know it’s funny, but it’s based on a reference that you’re not cool enough to understand. I feel sort of pedestrian – the designer was thinking and trying to do something unexpected and different, and upon seeing it, I just want what I already understand. That’s how I feeling about the Felix Rey Mesi Clutch with Ikat Trim.

Felix Rey Mesi Clutch with Ikat Trim

Felix Rey does a lot of interesting visual things with their designs, and I know that they used gold instead of silver mesh on this clutch on purpose. Silver would have been the obvious choice with a black-and-white animal print trim. It would have coordinated easily with a multitude of going-out ensembles and been an easy addition to a wardrobe. But the gold? The gold is meant to be more challenging to the viewer’s eye. It clashes a little bit with the black and white, but not enough to be bad, since they’re all neutrals. It’s supposed to create visual interest and be a little edgy. All I can think when I look at it, though, is that I wish it came in silver. Buy through ShopBop for $190.

Felix Rey Antigua Straw ToteHey you guys, come look at this – I may have found the prettiest straw bag I could ever hope to find. You see, “pretty” isn’t really a term that’s often used to describe straw bags – they’re mostly functional and fun purses that serve their purpose for a few months and are replaced the next time warm weather rolls around. I’d want to be very careful with the Felix Rey Antigua Straw Tote, though, since it’s far from your average beach bag. The first thing that struck me was the color – who ever sees one in such a sophisticated shade of grey? Usually if straw bags have any color, it’s some sort of orange or pink that clearly indicates that it is not a bag to be taken seriously. This bag, though, is different. It has contrasting straw trim with wooden beadwork on the front, and the side gussets are covered in rouched grey silk. The handles are leather, which is great – anyone who’s ever had a bag with straw handles knows how quickly those tend to look worn and dirty. The overall impression that this bag gives off is sophisticated and grown-up; it’s a summer bag for a woman that knows her personal style and knows how to implement it in her everyday life. Not only that, but it’s priced right for the material – $150 is very reasonable for how beautiful it is. Buy through ShopBop for $150.

This is just freakin’ adorable. I love it. The Felix Rey Manon Clutch is a great mix of ideas that would fit in perfectly with my personal style. It’s girly – just look at all those frills around the edges! It reminds me of a flamenco dancer! Plus it’s so petite and feminine! But it’s also has an edge – layer upon layer of matte, thick, soft black leather gives it a slightly tough, slightly punk look, I think. If the leather had been patent, or if it had been silk of the same color, then it would be different, but the material they chose is almost biker-y in its look. The dichotomy of styles that this bag has going for it is my absolute favorite mix of ideas in a bag.

Felix Rey Manon Clutch

Girly clutches are easy to find and a dime a dozen, and it’s also easy to find a tough-looking bag, but a lot of them don’t look particularly high end. Finding a way to combine the two takes some thought, and Felix Rey obviously took his time with this bag. And now for the particulars – at 11 inches long, it’s the perfect size to fit all my stuff (I usually look for my clutches to be between 10 and 13 inches), and it has a cute little gold chain strap that’s probably long enough to put over your shoulder, but hides inside if you don’t want to use it. Perfect! Buy through ShopBop for $450.