Leopard-print handbags have continued to be prevalent in fashion for decades thanks to the fierce edginess it lends an outfit. Any LBD (little black dress) becomes super sexy when paired with a leopard-print clutch. And nothing is quite as chic as a bold spotted satchel with skinny jeans and stilettos in the city. Fashion designers know this and continue to update this classic, season after season. No matter your budget, you are bound to find the best leopard-print handbag that suits your taste. Hobo shoulder bags, clutches, and totes have been “spotted” in collections from mass-market, mid-price, and high-end handbag collections.
You can find mid-priced shoulder bags-ranging from $200-$1000-in classic silhouettes from Coach. Its version of the leopard-print bag is a patent leather shoulder bag called the “Madison Ocelot Leopard Animal Print” with brass hardware. It is both practical and stylish. On the high-end, for $2195 at Saksfifthavenue.com Valentino has a small calf-skin leopard print shoulder bag called the “Va-va-voom,” and rightfully so. Although small, it makes a huge impact with large pyramid studs on the front strap and a delicate chain strap. Valentino also offers a double-handle calf-skin leopard print shoulder bag punctuated with its signature pyramid studs, a sculpted top opening and optional studded strap.
A clutch is a subtle way to add the leopard print trend to your wardrobe. Designer Rebecca Minkoff has a leather-trimmed denim version with chunky hardware and an optional chain strap for versatility. Another leopard print clutch selection from Rebecca Minkoff is an affordable suede pouch, priced at $75 at Nordstroms.com called “Summer – Kerry.” In this price range, Nine West offers leopard print bags as well, most notably a straw fold-over clutch with patent trim. A leopard print clutch will add just the right dose of attitude to practically anything.
Betsey Johnson has given the tote a spectacular update with sequins. Her “Cheetah-Licious” Sequin Tote has a fun, party girl vibe. For a less flashy everyday bag, a double-handle jute tote with patent touches comes from Nine West. Steven by Steve Madden presents the “Candy Coated” Leopard Print Faux Leather Tote, which features tons of pockets, stylish over-sized grommets and an accessible price tag of $98 at Nordstroms.com.
“Lucky Magazine” fashion contributor, Beth Hitchcock likes the leopard-print satchel from J. Crew. “The leopard bag looks so posh when paired with solid black and olive green,” she states.
Luxury designer label Dolce & Gabbana is also in on the leopard-print phenomenon. They’ve designed a calf-skin and lambskin satchel with a center front logo plate with a removable/adjustable shoulder strap for convenience. Multiple leopard-spotted high-end satchels are available from Jimmy Choo, made with fabulously luxe suede linings. But if spending a few thousand bucks for a handbag isn’t on your wishlist, Kenneth Cole New York offers a mid-priced hobo called “No Slouch Too” made of calf hair and trimmed in black leather for $348 at Nordstroms.com.