In comments from yesterday's post about my Louis Vuitton dream (no, in my dream I did NOT purchase that horror above), Style Spy mentioned she'd purchased a great Cole Haan bag, and that reminded me that I'd been meaning to do a post about this oft overlooked brand.
It's une femme's humble opinion, that Cole Haan bags (and shoes, but that's another post) are some of the best quality available for the price. They're stylish but not trendy, well made and functional. Though some fahionistas may look down their noses at CH bags as being a bit staid and frumpy, if they looked more closely they might be surprised.
The Triple Zip Satchel bag was a hit last year in the gunmetal grey, but this camel color is perfect for summer. You can get an additional 20% off the sale price with promotion code JULYSALE. There are three compartments, interior pockets galore, and it fits over the shoulder with ease. If you like something flashier, check out this fuschia patent dome satchel, also on sale. Pretty! Shiny!! Don't forget code JULYSALE.
Love that luxe woven leather look, like on this Bottega Veneta bag? You can spend $2100 for the BV, or save over $1700 and get the Cole Haan Triangle Tote.
Cole Haan also makes some great basic (but not boring) work totes,and smaller bags for evening. If you live near one of their stores, be sure to go check out the sale in person. Last year I picked up this nifty snakeskin clutch for a song.
The selection on the website is a bit sparse right now, but once they start bringing in their fall bags, I'll be back with some of my favorite picks. I've had a few Cole Haan bags over the years; not only have they held up well, but I'm always asked, "that's a great bag, which designer is that?" by some fashionista with this season's "it" bag.