I’m so in to texture right now. From pintucking, ruching and pleating all the way to leather flowers a la Valentino, I want designers to show me what they can do with the material we’re all so used to seeing.

I think that my current obsession makes sense, though. Texture requires creativity and vision, but its implementation in a design rarely makes a bag less functional or useful – it’s the perfect added element to make a bag really special. Take the Agnona Pleated Leather Tote, for example: the weaving and pleating combine to make the bag more than just an average black tote.

Agnona Pleated Leather Tote

I’m willing to admit that the construction of this bag sorta-kinda might remind me of those woven recycled seatbelt bags, but since I always thought that those were kind of cool when I was a teenager, and this is a decidedly more mature and elegant version, I’m not going to hold that comparison against the designers.

Not only is the use of texture on this bag excellent, but they could use it to teach lessons on proportion in design school. Because the weaving is so large, it doesn’t compete with the fine pleating of the leather. The two textures compliment each other instead of losing their appeal through the combination, which is so common.

The only thing that’s stopping me from completely loving this design is the handles. The body is so rich and lavish that the plain rolled handles look like an afterthought. If the designers could have come up with a way to incorporate a bit of texture into them, perhaps they wouldn’t look like such non sequiturs. Buy through Luisa Via Roma for $2576.

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  • Merve

    Its like a magnified stringy intreccato. Agree the roll handles dont really add much to aesthetic…especially for 2.5k. I really do like it overall though. Wish it was cheaper and wud have to see it in person before spending so much.

  • loren

    Im not sure about that brand…it does have great quality and fine leathers but it’s target seems older


  • 19yearslater

    This is a nice bag, but I don’t think its $2576 worth of nice. A bag really needs to be something special or iconic to merit that price tag.

  • Karin bag4bag

    I like the weaving, which seems to be very popular lately. It looks nice to touch but too dear for what it is.

  • Erin

    I usually don’t like woven leather bags, but I do like this one. Its like Bottega Venetta, but better and much more interesting to look at (all that woven leather from BV has bored me.) This isn’t boring at all, however. Its a nice contrast and compliment of two textures, but its still subtle enough to have an understated chic.

  • LivStyle

    I think the plain rolled handles allow the texture to be the focus of this bag, which is an optical delight!

  • fashionate

    the rolled handles definitely take away from the unique and beautiful weave… not sure if it’s worth $2600.

  • Ursula

    Completely agree with LivStyle. The focus of the bag should be the extraordinary work on the body of the bag. The handles do not detract from the design and should not be the focus the least bit.

  • Elyse

    this bag is really different and it looks like it is quite special. I would love to see it in person (fb)