I’ve never seen a Steven by Steve Madden bag in person, and I was, at best, only vaguely aware that the line existed at all in the handbag marketplace. When I think of Madden, I think invariably of inexpensive, trendy shoes, even though his higher-end Steven line tends to get high marks on Zappos. It’s hard to change the impression of a brand once consumers are familiar with it, but if they keep making things like the Steven by Steve Madden Medium Pleated Crossbody Hobo, they might eventually succeed in changing mine. The color is vibrant and highly reminiscent of some of the bags in Gucci‘s current collection, but at a much more attainable price point, and the gold hardware is incorporated in a sophisticated, highly edited way (some of which, particularly the plating on the handle, is also Gucci-fied). The bag also appears to be wearable in three different ways – as a hobo, a satchel (my preference with this shape), and a messenger (with a strap that can be removed!). It’s vibrant, versatile, and, at less than $200 for a real leather bag, fiscally responsible. I’m impressed, Steve, I’m impressed. Buy through Nordstrom for $198.
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