If you’re anything like us, you have a closet full of black leather handbags. Which is all well and good, but lately we’ve been thinking that we want to branch out into something a little more… exotic. Still sophisticated, mind you, but with a bit more pizzazz than your standard black tote. With that resolution in mind, our first call was to handbag designer Katherine Fleming, the creator of these gorgeous silver ice python clutches and shoulder bag. “I love the look and feel of python—the texture and patterns of the skins are so beautiful,” she says. “I find that I wear so much black in the winter and this color scheme adds a freshness to my dark winter looks. High quality python like the kind we use gets better with time and wear, which I think is so important. And python is also a perfect material to wear day to evening.”
Fleming’s bags, which are handmade in Italy, are manufactured to her exacting standards. All her skins are dyed by hand, then paired with calfskin lining and trim that’s also hand dyed to match perfectly. And rather than settling for mass-produced hardware, she works with a foundry that custom makes all the metal she uses on her bags. We’re offering three of her classic styles: the Heritage Python Kate Bag in Ice Silver, a sleek shoulder bag (photo 1); the Heritage Python Betty Zip Clutch in Ice Silver (photo 2), which can be carried either as a clutch or unzipped to hold a 15” laptop; and the Heritage Python Jane Clutch in Ice Silver (photo 3), which is petite but surprisingly capacious. Any one will add just the right amount of polish to your look.