New Arrival at Kate Spade New York: the ‘Claremont Drive – Ilana’

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Kate Spade New York Claremont Drive – Ilana. Source: Nordstrom

If I’m being honest, I have to say I’ve never really been a big fan of Kate Spade. In general, the bags were either too quirky for me, like their A Tale of Two Cities book clutch, or the styles were minimalist and didn’t appeal to me.

There’s something to be said about minimalist bags though, in that if they’ve got the right look, like the 3.1 Phillip Lim mini satchel or the Céline Micro Luggage tote, it can be a great accessory to your outfit. In Kate Spade, I’ve found the Claremont Drive – Ilana.

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kate spade new york Claremont Drive Ilana crossbody tote in Pink Champagne. Source: Nordstrom

Like the other mini bags, the Claremont Drive Ilana can be carried crossbody or by hand. While the other designers try and spruce up the little wonders by giving them striking colours to make a standout statement, I like how the Ilana comes in the structured classic saddle-coloured ‘Perfect Brown’, but also in lovely pastel shades like ‘Blue Yonder’, or my favourite, ‘Pink Champagne’.

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Claremont Drive Ilana in Pink Champagne, US$358 (approx. £223), from kate spade new york online store

I really like pink and it’s fascinating how many shades of pink you can get, but I’m not a big fan of a bright or strong shade, apart from my lovely engagement ring. The name ‘pink champagne’ really suits the pastel shade I feel, as it’s a non-assuming shade that’s also subtle enough to be elegant with any outfit. I also really like the psychdelic custom woven printed faille used on the interior of the bag itself:

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kate spade new york Claremont Drive Ilana crossbody tote in Pink Champagne. Source: Nordstrom

The contrast between the print faille used in the interior is almost like a paradox to the unblemished smooth semi-structured leather exterior, giving it an element of surprise and is almost like a hidden secret that only the person carrying the bag would know about.

As you can see from the photo, it’s quite a roomy bag for its size, the magnetic snap closure means you don’t have to worry about trying to close a zipper along the top of the bag when it’s overflowing. The bag is made from seed leather and the hardware is plated with 14 carat gold and has protective metal feet on the bottom so you don’t scratch the leather on the base. The strap is also adjustable depending on your height and where you want the bag to sit when the shoulder strap is used. The size is also perfect for carrying slightly more than just your bare essentials which is always a plus:

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Modelling shot of the Claremont Drive – Ilana in Pink Champagne. Source: kate spade new york

The bag is also available to UK customers through Nordstrom for £237.92. The most exciting part is when buying designer goods from across the globe, is through their Borderfree checkout services, you’ll know up front at checkout how much you’ll be paying for customs and taxes and shipping so you don’t have to wait on additional delivery time and for that dreaded bill of an unknown amount with the £9 administrative fee to come through while this is sorted at your local delivery office!

Are you a fan of Kate Spade? What do you think about the Claremont Drive – Ilana crossbody tote?


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