My friend Cynthia lives upstate in an extremely cozy on the inside, Ice Storm on the outside midcentury house in the woods. A pretty country hike is yours for the taking simply by walking out the front door; she’s got the kind of garden that makes you think it’s not too late to take up gardening; and the only sound you hear at night is absolutely nothing. I envy it all enormously and frequently—except in the wintertime. There’s nothing quite so bleak to me as the beautiful, verdant countryside in the shriveled up, nasty old cold, when the snow gets as un-fresh and as gray as the sky.
None of that seems to bother Cynthia so much, although yesterday on the phone (Cynthia still likes a phone call; so excellently 20th century of her) she did share her desire for a nice, bright season-defying handbag. I’ve always loved the idea of bright bags, but when it comes to making purchases, I almost always return to neutrals, if for no reason other than versatility. The only real exception I make are members of the blue family: it’s a color that can both stand out and blend in. Like this J Crew number, for instance: its nice purply overtones remind me of T. Anthony luggage, which is never a bad thing.
Get rid of the tassles and wear the big plate that reads COACH on the inside (only, that is, if you share my distaste for logos) and you’ve got blue/black colorblock chic for days.
It’s definitely on the casual side, but there’s something quite witty about a leather version of the ubiquitous Baggu bag.
Just a much more reasonably priced version of a fancy-pants shape.
OK, this is straight up purple, but it’s a really good, rich purple, and the hobo shape is so classic that you can totally rationalize the purchase on the grounds of I’ll-wear-it-forever.