The other day in my post about rain boots, I mentioned my aversion to wearing anything that is too obviously branded. This is a notion that has resonated with some of you, and I’m not surprised. Too much logo frippery just gets in the way of good design, and makes the whole enterprise seem to be about aligning yourself with a brand and their vision of style, instead of creating your own. And where’s the fun in that? A couple of you asked specifically about where to find good logo-free bags, and so—since there is much ground to cover—I will present them here to you in series form. First up are satchel/cross body bags: I like this one from Ernest Alexander, a menswear line that just recently expanded to include items for the ladies. In a season full of rich burgundies, that could possibly be the richest burgundy yet.
If there was even just a teeny tiny bit more of that dark brown in the mix on this Madewell bag, things might have gone south in a hurry, but as it is, everything works out pretty much exactly right.
Clare Vivier bags are just a little slice of heaven. They’re are simple as you please, but also really, really chic when you wear them: I know that “excellently slouchy” is one of my more overused expressions, but truly, that’s what this little number is all about. It also comes in a quite nice bright red.
On to something more structured: Opening Ceremony’s L.A, Bag, which’ll lend a big old happy slash of color to whatever you throw it on with. Its sister, the New York Bag is—natch—black, and therefore more versatile, and a touch more elegant too. But not nearly as much fun.
One must set the bar high when it comes to a hobo bag, as there are just so many drecky ones out there: bad shapes cheap construction, ill-placed tassels. But J. Crew‘s is so pleasingly old school, and comes in such a nice range of colors—I’m particularly fond of this rich blue.
Hide is a new obsession of mine: their bags are a perfect hybrid of cool and classic, and if I could own every one they make, I think I would. This messenger bag, with the clean zipper on top and scarcely another piece of hardware to be found, could not make me happier if it tried.
, Clare Vivier
, j crew