THE UPTOWN SATCHEL GETS A NEW SKIN

Sometimes you just want an understated satchel, with not too much fuss or muss. It says polished, classy, and elegant. Plus, it saves you when you overcompensate for the lack of details in your accessories, by wearing those brightly colored floral print overalls. (Yes, I saw those in the store. That’s a no and a no for me!)

The Uptown Satchel from Henri Bendel is just that; polished, classy, and elegant! I loved their original pebbled version, but then they revamped the bag a few times with an Ostrich and Crocodile embossed leather. I love exotic skin embossing on an understated bag. It gives it just that little bit of extra detail, without looking overdone.

Their latest Lizard collection keeps the bag classic, but gives it that little bit of trend factor.

The Upton Lizard Satchel in dark red $550
The Upton Lizard Satchel in dark red $550
The Uptown Lizard Satchel in Dark Grey $550
The Uptown Lizard Satchel in Dark Grey $550
The Uptown Lizard Satchel in khaki $550
The Uptown Lizard Satchel in khaki $550

I just love this Lizard embossing! It is a perfect in between for those who don’t want plain, but also don’t want a bold look. The structured shape is ideal. This large version of Uptown Lizard Satchel will hold a ton of stuff and would make a perfect work bag. There is tons of space and organization inside, with a magnetic close pocket on the back of the bag as well. The sides are also expandable, which is helpful if you tend to be an overstuffer. I love the simple turnlock closure in the front with minimal hardware everywhere else. The gorgeous neutral color options are Fall season ready!

The Uptown MIni Lizard Satchel in dark red $328
The Uptown MIni Lizard Satchel in dark red $328
The Uptown Mini Lizard Satchel in dark grey $328
The Uptown Mini Lizard Satchel in dark grey $328
The Uptown Mini Lizard Satchel in khaki $328
The Uptown Mini Lizard Satchel in khaki $328

For those of you who may not want such a large bag as the original, the Uptown Lizard Satchel also comes in a mini version. The mini has all of the same features of its larger counterpart, just in a more compact package. I have seen the mini worn as a crossbody and it really is a perfect size, if you prefer to wear your bags that way.

The only fault I can find with this bag is……..which color?

IT BAG ALERT: THE SCHOOL BAG

We exist in the era of the cross-body! We’ve seen the reemergence of the saddle bag and the messenger bag. We’ve seen all shapes, sizes, and designs. If the bag has a strap and you can put it across your body, then it’s a cross-body. (Technically it needs to be a manageable size, however).

So what could they possibly come up with next? The schoolbag! From what I am seeing, the schoolbag seems to be 1/3 messenger bag, 1/3 small satchel, and 1/3 lady bag. A love triangle of an accessory!

The designers at Henri Bendel have gotten a jump, and an extremely creative one, on this trend with the newest additions to their West 57th line. Featuring detachable cross-body straps, saffiano leather construction, a top handle, and a very functional size, these lady-like bags will be your new go-tos for a myriad of occasions, casual or formal. Wear these bags with the strap attached for some shopping or traveling, or take the strap off for an evening bag.

West 57th Schoolbag $278
West 57th Schoolbag $278

Classic black! Simple, sophisticated, elegant; an accessory staple.

West 57th Floral Applique Schoolbag $350
West 57th Floral Applique Schoolbag $350

Chic marries whimsy with this “perfect for that Summer garden party” bag. This bag is designed in a pretty pastel pink saffiano, with the beige and green floral appliques intermingling with one another.

West 57th Schoolbag $328
West 57th Plaid Schoolbag $328

Burgundy is going to be a key playing colour for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons and plaids tend to compliment the shade. With a cream, green and blue plaid printed saffiano, you will be able to pair this with so many neutrals.

West 57th Charm Schoolbag $328
West 57th Charm Schoolbag $328

 Neutral camel coloured saffiano leather is paired with a contrasting black cross-body strap and top handle. This bag also features a detachable charm, so you could easily turn this into a more casual bag.

If I were a betting gal, I would say this latest revelation in cross-body bags could very well turn into a revolution for the world of accessories!