Nicole Lee Calista Tote | Stud Splashed Square Synthetic Handbag

Posted on: Feb 25

Nicole Lee Calista ToteIt's got a delicate name, but a big, bold sensibility. Meet the Calista tote from Nicole Lee.

Here the designer gives us studs, studs, and more studs. They snake this way and that, dotting some kind of pretzel across the tote's front pocket. I don't mind their configuration, but I think the variety of studs confuses the looks. I suppose Nicole Lee thought the different sizes and shapes would make the purse even more edgy, but these variations are just a bit distracting.

It seems unfair to criticize the quality of synthetic when Nicole Lee charges just $85 for it, but I still can't help feeling a bit let down. It's a bit stiff and shiny, both pointers that this is a pretty cheap leather alternative.

At least Nicole Lee hasn't forgotten functionality though. The Calista is a great size for everyday use, and it's packed with pockets. You see the large one on the front, but we also find a zippered pocket and pair of open pouches inside. The attachable cross-body strap also adds a bit of versatility.

As I say, it seems unfair to criticize such a bargain basement purse, especially one which performs as well as this does. However, I still find myself craving a bit more style.

More Features of This Nicole Lee Studded Square Tote

  • Zip top closure
  • Fully lined interior
  • Measures 5 x 14 x 12.5 inches

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