ITEM OF THE DAY: SJP OATH LEATHER BACKPACK

In Item of the Day, What's New by Christine Galasso

When it comes to Sarah Jessica Parker and her portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw, it’s hard to tell where the characterization ends and IRL begins—especially when it comes to fashion. Both closets include tulle tutus, the highest of heels, bright colors and patterns galore! But perhaps both are best known for their love of shoes, at least sartorially speaking. So much so that the actress launched her own SJP shoe collection, bringing all the glittery goodness and fabulous footwear you’d expect from the self-proclaimed shoe obsessive. So when Parker recently launched The Seven Essentials handbag collection to her line, we were all in with the Oath Leather Backpack.

The Oath is a classic leather backpack with chic details, including a metal top handle and a detachable key fob. Like all pieces from The Seven Essentials, it’s made from Italian leather in the good old U.S.A. It fits all our everyday essentials but our favorite detail, however, is the grosgrain interior lining, a subtle addition to all SJP pieces that references Parker’s childhood past, when she wore grosgrain ribbons in her hair.

As for The Seven Essentials collection, the idea behind it was to streamline a woman’s handbag collection down to its seven essential styles. Other silhouettes from the line include a slouchy tote, evening minaudiere, oversized clutch, endlessly-useful crossbody and a hobo style. “Our seven essential silhouettes incorporate quality, function, and necessity in their own ways,” Parker said in an interview. “And much like our shoes, they are timeless. Made for all women and all occasions.”

The SJP Collection was launched in 2014 by Parker and business partner George Malkemus III. Their mission was to make fun, affordable footwear that would make Carrie proud. That vision resulted in a collection of whimsical high heels, adding lots of color and liveliness to wardrobes. As for Parker, we’re pretty sure you already know her as an actress, but the thespian has officially turned designer and remains an integral part of the brand and its design process.

The Oath Backpack retails for $575 at Bloomingdales.com.

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