Elie Tahari Selena Tote | Black Leather Pleated Handbag with Chain Link Straps

Posted on: Apr 28

Elie Tahari Selena ToteElie Tahari has taken a minimalist approach to design with this Selena tote.

A few gentle pleats are all it takes to decorate the Selena's black leather body. I like the way the inverted V-shaped pleat draws attention to the buttery soft quality of the material. The modern shape is also very appealing. While its elements have a certain charm, I'm just a bit bored by the design. There's a fine line between minimalist and mind-numbing, and I think this Selena crosses that line.

The chain strap does a bit rouse me, but in the worst possible way. Such an enormous bag really deserves soft, wide straps to make carrying comfortable. Instead we get harsh, metal links. They look the business, but I'd prefer something more functional.

The Selena's interior is much more practical, with a leather bound zip pocket and trio of open pouches for gadgets and sunglasses. The jewel-toned satin lining makes it feel that much more luxurious, and it's bright enough to make finding our essential items easy. I'd prefer a zipper to the magnetic closure, but this less secure clasp isn't really a deal breaker.

At least Elie Tahari isn't charging the earth for this tote. Its $398 price tag isn't exactly chump change, but you'll get plenty of wear from such a timeless style. I just wouldn't expect to turn too many heads.

More Features of This Elie Tahari Black Leather Tote

  • Dual chain link handles with an 8 inch drop
  • Measures 17 x 10.5 x 6 inches

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