For
those looking for something designer and dainty, but slightly larger
than wallets on chains, the Miss Vara Bow Crossbody Bag ($750) from
Salvatore Ferragamo is a fine choice. It is a low-key bag that doesn’t
have many bells and whistles, with SF’s signature grosgrain bow with
logo hardware as its only trimming.

At
about 10 ounces empty and measuring 7-1/2″ W, 5-1/4″ T, and 1-1/2″ D,
the bag isn’t designed for heavyduty use. There is one inside slip
pocket, but no other compartmentalization built in. At capacity, it will
fit a full-size wallet, a smartphone, a few small beauty products, a
compact glasses or sunglasses case, and keys.



Miss
Vara’s simple elegance allows it to be worn to day
appointments and on evening dates. The long chain strap, with a 23-inch
drop, can be used as a crossbody or shoulder strap, or can be tucked into
the bag, for the bag to be worn as a clutch.

The
treated saffiano leather is sturdy, but not damage proof. Owners of
this bag should be careful to not apply flattening forces to it, as
creases may be permanent.

Seasonless
colors do not typically go on sale, and seasonal colors typically sell
out quickly once marked down. While Bloomingdale’s often excludes SF
from its storewide sales (though look for loyallist extra power points
events), SF regularly participates in Neiman Marcus and Saks gift card, F&F,
or buy-more-save-more events.

In the end, I decided against keeping the Miss Vara as I consider buying the slightly larger Ginny Shoulder Bag ($1150) instead.

Buy this bag at Saks, Zappos (in new bisque, rosso red, nero black, and cielo blue), Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus (in black and red).