Baton Rouge-based designer Celeste Austin wants you to sport some new arm candy this season. Take a gander at her collection of leather handbags and we bet you’ll soon be saying, don’t mind if I do.
You might remember this sassy little number from our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide, which was our first introduction to Austin’s then year-and-a-half-old brand, SavvyRoot. But, it was love at first sight when their Spring/Summer 2016 collection launched and I feasted my eyes on the ladylike details of The Jolie Zip Tote, even topping my love for Austin’s faux cheetah clutch. I know, I wouldn’t have believed it either.
Looking for a perfectly sized bag is one of the age-old style dilemmas, right up there with finding the perfect red lipstick (let me know if you’ve cracked the code on that one) or the universally flattering LBD. So, when a compact yet roomy leather tote crosses my sight line, I can’t help but start asking myself whether this is the investment bag we’ve all been waiting for. I’ll help you with this one: The answer is a resounding YES!
Light gold hardware, a removable shoulder strap, plenty of interior pockets (including one that zips—double win), and a set-for-summer palette of four color choices that make me want to make bad financial decisions and buy all four—well, it just doesn’t get any better than that.