Saks' Friends & Family sale is wrapping up tomorrow (Sunday 10/19) - use code FRNFAM to take 25% off your order and FREESHIP to waive shipping. Unfortunately, the laundry list of designer sale exclusions seems to get longer each year. Some of the few designers eligible for this discount include Tory Burch, Theory, and DVF - I have to say I've been loving the nude DVF Zarita lace dress (see on me, altered) more with each wear! It's fitted but demure, and the lace gets numerous compliments everytime I break it out.
From the Tory Burch selection, I've been liking the Robinson collection for work-to-weekend styles similar to Prada but for "less." TB is not inexpensive by any means, but seems to be a fraction of Prada pricing these days. They make a saffiano as well but the pebbled leather is what really caught my eye. The material was softer to the touch, had plenty of texture and felt sturdy.
The more square vs. rectangular shape fully concealed my 12" work laptop (see pic above), and bodes one of my favorite handbag features - the adjustable crossbody strap. There's two large zipper pockets, numerous compartments inside, and little protective feet on the bottom.
I spent a few weeks hemming and hawing over whether to get black (classic and can't go wrong) or deep berry (rich and pretty shade, but a little more "seasonal"). Black looks like the only color on Saks' website, but they might have more colors in-store for 25% off. After a definitive vote from Nick, I ended up going for color but did not find it anywhere on sale. I tried my luck with Nordstrom's price matching policy to get an adjustment, but they require the same color and size to be in stock at the competitor. In-store SAs might be more lenient on the color rule, though!
Here's the saffiano leather version of the Robinson satchel at Saks (adjustable shoulder strap tucked inside the bag). I didn't even consider this because I own and love the Prada version, but wanted to share as an alternative for 25% off. It comes in several colors and three different sizes - mini, small, and large. I'm trying the small here and don't think it would fully fit a regular-sized laptop. Those of you who own a Robinson tote - I'd love to hear how you care for it and how it holds up over time!