I love a great white bag, but hate the high maintenance it demands. The solution? Buying one that’s already distressed! Without an optic sheen, the look becomes wearable all year round. I have a white cracked leather Proenza coat, and it’s the single most versatile moto jacket I own.
Credit goes to Alex Wang for the popularity of cracked leather, though, and now he’s applied it to the most grown-up of bags. The juxtaposition between a distressed texture and structured shape is nothing short of perfection. On the more extreme end of the spectrum is Phillip Lim’s doctor bag. Influenced by geology (the label’s Spring 2014 models sported geode prints while kicking up clouds of dust and chunky salt crystals on the runway), he’s given the style new depth and dimension. Which bag do you prefer – Alex’s colorblocked sophisticate or Phillip’s earth science-inspired gem? On NET-A-PORTER for $950 each.