What we love most about Leandra Medine of Man Repeller is that when she makes a statement, she does so with contagious, relatable enthusiasm. So when, in today’s post entitled Are Handbags Actually A Metaphor For Self-Acceptance?, she declared that she is no longer “publicly renouncing handbags” but is rather embracing them wholeheartedly as “the punctuation that ends a fabric sentence,” we took note—especially regarding her current bag of choice.

“There is so much room for creative license here: one day said bag could be straw, the next, canvas,” she writes. “Today, it’s green and python and a member of the modern family that Guillame Henry of Nina Ricci is assembling in real time.” The bag she’s referring to is the Irrisor, Nina Ricci’s new elegant and modern take on the tote. [Python Irrisor bag coming to Barneys soon!]

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When we caught up with Leandra, she admitted that when she goes for a handbag, she usually opts for form over function—“I am the least practical person I know”—and loves the Irrisor so much because it offers a desirable union of both. “I love the shape and how lightweight it is. It feels a lot like the solution for all women who have stuff to carry yet want to respect the stuff, if that makes sense,” she tells The Window. “Canvas totes are great for groceries, but there’s something inherently luxurious about a fine leather or python bag that carries just as much.”

The Man Repeller-approved tote, which comes in small, medium, and large sizes, is made from soft leather and features rolled handle, curved edges, and a sleek, flat shape.


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