Badgley Mischka cleverly creates the illusion of real luxury with this snake printed Tess Dome satchel.
Badgley Mischka has taken a few fashion risks here, but I think each one has paid off. Snake print has the potential to look like an inferior copy of the real thing, but I think it works really well here. Metallic finishes can also look gaudy, particularly on large day bags, but again Badgley Mischka’s managed to avoid this pitfall. In fact, the use of silvery snake actually looks more luxurious than most authentic python purses!
It’s just a shame that the finish wasn’t employed all over. I suppose Badgley Mischka intended to use plain silver leather for the sides to contrast, but instead it seems like a cheap cop-out. An all-over exotic skin would have seemed much more indulgent.
The Tess’s trapezoidal shape gives it real character, but that distinctive silhouette doesn’t come without its own challenges. This design means we’re destined to lose small items to its corners, which are difficult to access. I’d definitely utilize those interior pockets to ensure nothing too vital goes astray.
But the biggest problem with the Tess is its price. For $3450 I could have found a real snakeskin purse. That’s simply too much to pay for a leather impersonator, no matter how good the embossing.
More Features of This Badgley Mischka Dome Satchel
- Twill lined interior
- Zip closure
- Dual handles with a 5 inch drop
- Measures 11 x 18 x 7 inches
- Comes with a dust bag
- Made in China