While trend chasers wait with bated breath for the next incarnation of the “it” bag, there is a crowd of classic-yet-stylish dressers who turn the other way. This trend-averse group knows that the allure of a timeless handbag lies far beyond its glossy surface. A satchel like Max Mara’s crocodile embossed Hollywood number tends to do the trick, with a ladylike silhouette that holds pertinence for seasons to come. Further, a touch of discreet hardware whispers—but does not scream—that this is a designer piece.
Although the brand is most known for its buttery camel overcoats, it is also a quiet crusader in the accessory realm. Even the company’s spokeswoman Amy Adams feels as if working with the brand is like a well-kept secret, telling the Observer exclusively: “There are a lot of people they could have worked with and the fact that they chose me is a huge honor. I really respect and believe in what they do from a fashion perspective and a social standpoint.”
Max Mara Hollywood Croc Embossed Leather Handbag in Bordeaux, $1,390, Max Mara, 813 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065, (212) 879-6100