The folks over at Cole Haan invited the Purse Page to preview the best stuff coming for Fall 2010. The collection was split into a "Country" and "City" theme, and were presented in their showrooms next to their gorgeous workspace and library.
The Country theme had pieces of equestrian-inspired bags. Their interpretation of saddle hardware was the antiqued horse hook. A few other bags included braided leather trim, inspired by horse whips. A variation on their signature woven texture was the etched leather bags. For men, there were big, roomy leather duffles that were already popular (and ready to be stolen) by the women.
The staff favorite was the small grouping of haircalf handbags. The sophisticated shapes were given more dimension with the dark colors of the haircalf. The horse hook hardware gave it an extra rugged appeal.
For the City theme, there were collections of crocodile embossed leather bags. This was Cole Haan's way of providing a more PC, but still stylish way to acknowledge the exotic skin trend. This also offers customers a more affordable price point as well.
The group I am most looking forward to? That would be the reversible metallic/leather totes. These were lightweight, roomy totes that had a festival metallic treatment on the exterior that was perfect for a night out. If you needed something more sedate for work, you could flip the bag inside out for a solid, matte leather finish.