Buy It: Michael Kors Boots

Last year, I bought an Astor satchel by MICHAEL Michael Kors. I kept taking it out of its dustbag and inspecting it, then putting it back, and after much debate, I ended up returning it. The size was perfect, the inner pockets were plentiful, and I loved the raised gold-stud hardware. However, I couldn't get over the fact that it was a Michael Kors bag, because in my mind, I am not a Kors girl--I live in Brooklyn, I work in a creative field, I wear A.P.C. and Rag & Bone, etc. I still think about that bag, how maybe I should've kept it, and that, really, I need to get over myself. Two things have recently made me rethink my opinion of Mr. Kors' work (which, by the way, I've always admired--I just thought it wasn't for me): One, this excellent profile by Amy Larocca in last week's New York Magazine fashion issue, which portrays Kors as a humble and hard-working all-American designer who fully embraces his commercialism. Two, I got a Michael Kors catalogue in the mail the other day, and the thing is genius. Like his stores, it features items from all his lines--the bridge MICHAEL, the contemporary KORS, and the designer Michael Kors--all interspersed with each other, which is refreshing (and it's fun to play "guess the price point" before you read the credits!). Even better, it all looks amazing. Carmen Kass, one of Kors' favorite models, is featured prominently, and while she can make a garbage bag look fantastic, she really makes me want to buy, oh, this $5,000 coat and these $1,000 cashmere sweatpants. I mean, hello.

Slightly more within reach, however, are the MICHAEL and KORS items, especially the accessories. I see at least several women a day carrying this handsome Hamilton tote (available in multiple sizes and colors), and the Astor is back in this convertible tote version, which might be even better than my satchel that got away. What really caught my eye, however, was the boots. There's a sturdy-looking cuffed bootie, an updated-classic riding boot, a super-trendy over-the-knee clog boot, and the pair I absolutely must have, the buckled, strappy platform Tatum boot. Really, the last thing I need is another pair of black boots, but, well, there's always room for one more, right? All in the name of supporting great American fashion designers...

3 comments

susan said...

Hi, I've read your blog for awhile and never commented, but I just had to say that I read that article and loved it too! "Banana cream pie and nothing else!"

Anonymous said...

i agree with you wholeheartedly. i worked in the michael kors offices from 2008 - 2009 (not in a creative capacity) and though i was excited about the opportunity, i wasn't excited about the employee discount on his goods because i didn't think i was a kors girl (it seemed to fleshy and blingy and mainstream for me), but after about 2 months at the office and seeing so many girls there working it, i was a complete convert. his bags are so freshly sensible designed- great pockets, materials, hardware, colors, and cutting edge without being in your face. same goes for clothes and shoes (which are actually comfortable). plus, it doesn't hurt that michael kors is a great guy, with a great creative eye and team. it's now one of my favorite brands to watch and i continue to shop his collections even without the discount. the michael kors collection constantly keeps my mouth watering, the leather is like butter. seriously.

Anonymous said...

I love Michael Kors! Great separates create balance. You can mix it up with some edgier pieces and have something fun without looking ridiculous.

As a side note, I find it hilarious that he is always on crotch-watch on Project Runway - you can count on Mr. Kors for interesting comments on the fit of pants or shorts :)