I’ve never been an overwhelming fan of Tod’s. While I can see why some people would really like them, and I don’t doubt that they’re well-made, they’re usually missing a certain something that makes a bag work for me. I like a bit of pizazz in my handbags, and Tod’s keeps their look very, very low key.

I do very much like the Tod’s Shade Tote, however. It’s got that little certain something to it that makes me find it appealing, and I’m still not sure exactly what that is. The color? Shape? Maybe a combination of the two?

Tod's Shade Bag

Yep, I think it’s the combination. The color reminds me of Hermes‘s ever-popular potiron, which automatically gives the bag a super-luxe feel. It’s not exactly the same, but it conjures ideas of the same sorts of outfits in my head, and that’s enough for me.

The shape is also a bit more interesting than your average Tod’s bag, and in a way that’s quite interesting without being uncharacteristically flashy for the brand. The leather looks extremely high-quality, which beautifully completes a stylish, subtle bag that’s head and shoulders above the average offering from the brand. Buy through Saks for $1095.

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