Editor’s Pick: Michael Kors Collection’s David Downton Collaboration Top-Handle Bag

by Charles Manning

What: A black and white top-handle handbag made of rich calf leather, with a black suede lining and silver-tone hardware. The bag features an imagined portrait by renowned British artist David Downton and is part of a larger capsule collection that includes accessories and ready-to-wear decorated with Downton’s elegant illustrations.

Michael Kors Fall Winter 2019

Who: David Downton is an internationally recognized artist whose elegant drawings and portraits of the world’s most stylish women have been celebrated in publications such as VogueVanity FairHarper’s Bazaar and The Times for over two decades. “David captures people’s essence and style without feeling the need to draw every detail about them,” says Michael Kors. “It’s the magic of a great illustrator.”

David Downton

Why: The Spring 2019 shows were full of face prints, line drawings, and ladylike handbags. This bag wraps all three of these red-hot trends in one chic package, a full season ahead of anyone else. It’s also just so lovely. The quality of the print is such that it almost looks as if it was done by hand directly onto the bag, and there is an elegance to it’s off-center placement that really elevates the overall look. At the same time, the woven shoulder strap ads a sporty edge to the bag that makes it feel especially modern. The capsule collection of which this bag is a part also marks the first collaboration between Michael Kors and a fine artist.

Where: Michaelkors.com

How (much): $2,450

Check out the rest of the David Downton bag collection below, and keep a lookout for the ready-to-wear in select Michael Kors stores and luxury retailers.

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