I know I might be getting a little ahead of myself here, but I am thrilled that spring is on its way. And for me, one of the best things about spring is the start of the outdoor concert season. There are so many things in this world that make me happy, but one of them has to be outdoor concerts. I love sitting out on a lawn with some friends and listening to live music as the sun is setting. And while I think about concerts, hey, why not think about the handbag that I might carry to an outdoor venue. I would want something fresh, chic, and bright; something like the Rafe Shiny Croc Ali East/West Tote. This is the kind of handbag that would not just work at an outdoor concert but also work so well through the spring, summer and even fall months. Shiny croco embossed leather tote with double shoulder straps and a magnetic snap closure to keep all your content where they should be is great. Plenty of pockets and storage space make this handbag one that lives up to its “tote” classification. All in all, I like it. Buy through Bloomingdales for $775.
Rafe Totengco has made his Rafe New York Handbag line famous, accruing various awards and being the first designer to partner with Target back in 2006. A long time ago I ran into a few Rafe bags that I was not super fond of. But with time Rafe the designer grew as did we, and now I have found a beautiful jewel hued bag from this fashion designer. A perfect hobo option, the Rafe Hudson Blake Large Hobo Bag is designed with supple lambskin and accented with patchwork details and antique brass hardware. The bag is larger than it appears (16″ wide x 11″ high x 5″ deep, strap drop: 11″), meaning it will not overpower you by appearing too small, and a large hobo is a staple to every woman’s outfit. There is a single wide shoulder strap and a front zip pocket. We look forward to seeing more from this fabulous designer. Buy through Rafe for $575.