I pulled this image from the recent Marc Jacobs runway show as soon as I saw it–I’m drawn to it in a number of inexplicable ways. Maybe it’s the ballerina vibe (I myself wore point shoes until age 16), maybe it’s the sketch-like quality derived from the wispy black stitching, or maybe it’s just the beautiful trompe l’oeil that confuses your brain a bit.
You can get a similar look in real life by choosing a bag with topstitching that really accentuates a pattern. This Chanel Tan Lambskin Big Stitch Quilted Large ZipTote is a perfect example of using dark thread on a light leather to create visual interest.
Another good choice would be this Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Olympe Cirrus Show Bag. While it doesn’t use a black accent, the stitching is over cloudy lambskin in such a way that the logo feels more like a beautiful pattern than a corporate sign.