The Wall Street Journal - Revenge of the Anti-It Bag

They’re not flashy or hyped. No one is begging celebrities to lug them about. But these discreetly chic carry-alls—from Mansur Gavriel, the Row, A.P.C. and more—are quietly wooing women in the know.


Thus spoke Carrie Bradshaw with a mix of matter-of-factness and incredulity in the third season of “Sex and the City” when a gun-wielding mugger demanded she hand over her purple sequined Fendi bag.

The bag is being rethought in various corners of the industry.  This month, ex-fashion publicist, Mesh Chhibber and visual artist, Sofie Cornillon, launch Peau de Chagrin, a label that focuses on very high quality construction and longevity.  It offers a one-time run of 100 bags in a single style and colour that's available for preorder via its website.  The boxy, vegetable-dyed leather day bags, all made by one Swiss artisan, sell for $3,800 (3,500 euro).  "I've always loved the idea that someone will pass down a bag in the same way people used to hand down a Savile Row suit because it was made with beautiful cloth that lasts," said Mr. Chhibber.