From crocodile to python, exotics tend to lead you to intimidating terrain, and at times, feel rather mature (for lack of a better word) for super-savvy Bag Snobs. But in Adriana Castro’s crafty and capable hands, they are anything but! Her skins may be serious – no phonies here – but her attitude is laidback and lighthearted.
The Colombian-born designer (like fellow Colombian Nancy Gonzalez, she’s wild about her wild exotics) launched her namesake line in 2007, and I’ve been a fan ever since. I fell for her Fall 2012 collection last year, but this time, for Spring 2014, she has taken accessible luxury to new levels of appeal. From the casual-chic Gala crossbody in a combination of lizard and leather ($845) to the python-and-ostrich leg Pipa clutch ($1,020) to the perfectly grown-up small Modish clutch of crocodile ($2,070), Adriana’s prices are fair and her take on the checkered pattern (a major trend for the new season) is totally unique. Snake and leather come together effortlessly in the Berta zip pouch ($595), Bea clutch ($610), and roomy Amelia tote ($840). The result: a wardrobe’s worth of bags that are youthful, fun, and just subtle enough. Available at Adriana Castro.