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The Trend: Snakeskin slithered into the limelight as designers such as Prada, Gucci, and Christian Dior sent out all sorts of accessories with reptilian motifs.
Must-Have Item: Lambertson Truex Janey chartreuse snakeskin hobo ($3,995) at Neiman Marcus, 737 North Michigan Avenue.
Why We Love It: Impeccably designed and crafted, with origami-like details, this cheerful hobo adds verve to any wardrobe.
The New York designer John Truex, who makes up half the luxe accessories dream team Lambertson Truex, had a vision when creating this beautiful bag. “We all deserve to smile,” Truex says, “and a chartreuse snakeskin bag will definitely make you smile.”
He was inspired on a trip to Chicago, where he was blown away by Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate in Millenium Park. The sculpture made Truex think about the way it reflected the sky and the people around it—as you walk around the work, things appear and disappear, and shapes change.
“That’s kind of what you see in the hobo,” Truex says, adding that the bag’s slouchy shape, hidden pockets, and other fun details offer an element of surprise.
As for spring style, Truex takes a personal aproach. “My tip,” he says, “is a positive attitude.”