Luxe Bag: the Étribelt

February 06, 2012 | Style & Beauty

Étribelt bag in Togo calfskin, Hermès ($7,600). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.,

The storied French label never disappoints when it comes to chic styling that effortlessly conjures the brand’s heritage. Just arriving in stores, the Étribelt’s trapezoid shape calls to mind that most iconic of Hermès bags, the Kelly, though we love the contemporary (and comfortable-to-carry) update of the rounded handles. And while many a wraparound strap has adorned generations of Birkins and Kellys, this one takes its cue from the house’s signature Étriviere belt, seen in both its men’s and women’s collections. While the Kelly has never failed to dazzle since its introduction in the 1930s, we can say nearly 80 years later that we’re equally charmed by her younger sister, indeed.

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