I admit that any sentence that begins “The Directrice needs . . .” needs to be examined carefully from all angles. Here is the complete sentence: The Directrice needs a black handbag.
It’s true. (C’est vrai.) You may be thinking, Directrice, you have a million handbags and we’ve all seen them. That also is true. But I need a very particular type of black bag to replace an excellent bag that has done long service and seems to be disintegrating.
The retiring bag is a Coach Mercer bag and the genius of it is two-fold: (1) it sits snugly on my shoulder (a short drop on the strap) and (2) it is made of a microfiber fabric that enables it to go from day to night very easily. When I say night I don’t mean clubbing — I just mean that it’s smaller and dressier than a satchel full of papers, and I could carry it with a cocktail dress after work.
Unfortunately some type of glue appears to have been used in its construction and . . . after 10+ years, the glue is rising to the surface.
On the off-chance that you, too, may be looking for a versatile, compact, black shoulder bag, I am sharing my contemplations with you.
Here are my criteria for the day-to-night bag: relatively compact (e.g., in the range of 6-8 inches high and 9-12 inches wide); hands-free (i.e., shoulder strap) but not cross-body; glossy calf-skin or slippery fabric; and a structured, boxy shape. I welcome your recommendations because the hunt is on!
One word of caution: While I readily embrace almost any clothing alteration challenge, modifying a handbag is a different proposition. Some straps simply cannot be altered; those that can should only be handled by the most skilled leather workers. Do not let just any man with a hole puncher and an industrial sewing machine monkey with your handbags. The results may be displeasing.