There are a lot of things that I love. I love Alexander McQueen. I love black and white patterns. I love challenging design. I love it when function and art collide and something interesting results.

But I don’t love the Alexander McQueen Houndstooth Tote.

Alexander McQueen Houndstooth Tote

I understand the intent behind this bag, and it’s brave of designers to try and play with pattern and proportion in avant garde ways. Just because it’s brave doesn’t mean it works, though, and this particular creation just doesn’t.

The houndstooth pattern appears in different sizes and runs in different directions in the uneven patchwork sections that make up the body of this bag, and the entire thing is capped and dotted with high-shine black leather at the edges and in flaps strewn about the bag’s body.

In the all-leather version, the continuity of the black material allows the asymmetry of the stitching and paneling to take center stage. When it’s combined with a graphic pattern that can be notoriously hard to work with, the charm of the bag is lost, unfortunately. I applaud the effort, but the finished product isn’t everything I had dreamed it would be. Buy through Saks for $1995.

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  • 19yearslater

    The different sizes of houndstooth and the various pockets and hardware mean too much is going on here. Something has to go in order for this bag to work.

  • liz

    This is like a Frankenstein bag

  • Otter

    Don’t like it. Resembles a Forever 21 cheap trick.

  • Jen

    Way too much going on here, thumbs down.

  • Laura

    Otter, my first though was that it resembles an Aldo cheapie from last year when patchwork was in. Ick.

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  • Merve

    Looks like a last winter topshop bag. Or McQueen decided to chop up his old kilts and make a bag?

  • Anti-Houndstooth

    So agree with you! Looks like it is made entirely from the shreds of inner jacket linings found at the scene of several catastrophic highway collisions. It’s a rag doll of a bag desperately following that McQueen Fall/Winter 2009 RTW junk pile thesis. Shoots straight from the tip.

  • susan

    I really love it! I’ve been looking for a wool/tweed bag recently, and this is as close as I have seen. (Of course, this isn’t the pricetag I was hoping for!)

  • Jennifer

    I have this bag and I love it – I’ve received a ton of compliments on it as well. If you haven’t seen it in person, you’re absolutely missing out! It’s a gem of a bag!

  • Kendra

    Sexy, beautiful, stunning. (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    Yuckorama (fb)

  • ??

    what leather is that?