5 posts tagged with Ted Rossi

Ted Rossi Screw HoboI’ve mentioned this phenomenon both here and on PurseBlog Savvy, and I’m surprised that I haven’t seen it written about on many other fashion websites, but the Fall handbag collections are making it obvious: black is back. Big black bags (BBBs), small black bags, any kind of black bags – they’re everywhere and in a variety of looks. Industrial details seem to be the prevailing trend among them, though, and all I can say to that is HALLELUJAH. Black bags with industrial hardware and finishing are among my favorite looks of all time, and there have been so many to choose from in the past week or so that I almost don’t know what to write about next.

But what I’m writing about now is the Ted Rossi Screw Hobo. It’s a clean, simple design, as most of Rossi’s are, but the small details and exceptional materials make it special without need for extra complication. The bag is made entirely of super-soft, matte black lambskin, which means it’s probably the most wonderful and supple thing upon which you or I have ever put our hands. Soft black leather is all it takes to convince me, but they gave us the extra bonus of modern, dark silver oversized screw heads at the base of each handle, which gives the bag an industrial edge without being overpowering or too costume-y. You could wear it to a Nine Inch Nails concert or to the mall with your girlfriends, and a bag that can fit in at two such divergent events is one that I absolutely need in my closet. Plus, for all that lambskin, the price isn’t bad at all. Buy through Singer22 for $948.

I’ve always had the vague feeling that a lot of exotics were a bit of a scam. Price is a measure of perceived value, particularly in fashion, and if all designers drive their prices for exotics sky-high, then over time, consumers will come to expect that exotics will cost those prices and convince themselves that they’re so high because they have to be. I’m not claiming that exotics don’t cost more to farm and are often more delicate and difficult to work with; I believe all of that. But I do think that prices have been artificially high for some time now, and bags like the Ted Rossi Pleated Eel Clutch make me think I’m right

Ted Rossi Pleated Eel Clutch

This bag does appear on a discount website, and it is made out of one of the less-expensive exotics to begin with, but it IS exotic and fairly intricate in its construction. The pleating is gorgeous and the shine of the eel skin is subtle and glamorous. Sale prices often indicate what the price of a bag SHOULD be (since, theoretically, if a bag has to be put on sale then it was priced too high for the market anyway), and when you take the mark-down into account, this sleek little clutch is a steal for an exotic skin in a shape and size that you’ll use on nights out for years to come. Buy through Bluefly for $402.

Ted Rossi Python Hobo BagHow does Hilary Duff continue to pay for all the amazing bags that we see her carrying? When was the last time she worked? Am I just too old for her to be on my entertainment radar, outside of the handbag realm? I mean, I’m not that old, am I? I’m only 23, I can’t be that old. Well, anyway, she does have some cool handbags that she likes to tote around with her, and since the paparazzi still follow, we still get to see them. One of my favorites is the Ted Rossi Python Hobo Bag.

It’s not really a hobo, though, since it has two straps – it’s a “tobo.” Tote, hobo, get it? Ok. Well I really like it, particularly in this natural python pattern. When you’ve got a skin, particularly an exotic, that’s nice enough, you really don’t need a bunch of pockets or ruching or seaming, you just need a clean, simple design to show off the natural attributes of the skin, and that’s what we’ve got here. The snake is the star of this bag, and we can just all hope to bask in its beautiful, exotic glow. At 21″ wide, I wonder how many snakes we’re talking about here. Buy through Singer22 for $2495.

Ted Rossi Python Shoulder BagSometimes you want a dainty, understated bag. Sometimes you want something delicate or subtle that won’t draw too much attention. And then, other times, you just want a big ol’ shiny animal skin behemoth of a bag. For those times, consider the Ted Rossi Python Shoulder Bag. Hardware? None. Pockets? It doesn’t have any of those either. What it does have, however, is several square feet of of black python skin with a great shine to it – almost patent, but without the thick texture that often comes with it. The snakeskin still looks supple and textured like a natural skin should, and the addition of a bit of metallic draws the eye even more to the differentiation between every scale. If you’re going to own a python bag, after all, you might as well own one that makes everyone go, “Hey, look how awesome that enormous, shiny python bag is!” On the practical side, I imagine it’d hold everything you could want to carry around on an average day (and probably more) and be super comfy to wear – python is notoriously light as a feather, and the wide straps would distribute the weight of all your loot evenly on your shoulder. So, what are you waiting for? Buy through Singer 22 for $2495.

Ted Rossi Mirror Envelope Clutch I like shiny things. This is a fact. Ever since I was a little girl, sparkles, shine, and glitz have always caught my eye. I can’t really put my finger on it, but for some reason whenever I see something shiny, I always have to stop and look. So, I am sure you can see why the Ted Rossi Mirror Leather Envelope Clutch caught my eye. In all reality, when I first saw this handbag, I thought it would be great for the Holidays or New Year’s. But since that has just passed, it would still be a great, fun, and chic clutch to carry out on the town. Add a little pizazz to your outfit with either the silver or gold envelope inspired clutch and see what kind of reactions you get! Open up the magnetic closure and you will find your clutch is lined with luscious suede. I am a fan. Buy through Vivre for $187.50.