Kate Spade has become pretty well-known for her unusual designs. They typically come in collections inspired by a given theme, where each piece is different but related to that theme. The pieces are playful and unique, sometimes even taking on the shape of the object it is trying to portray. But as much as I love the idea of a clutch shaped like a gnome, sometimes you want your playful piece to be somewhat practical. That is why I like the Kate Spade New York Ice Cream Francis Tote!
This particular piece is actually part of the Flavor of the Month collection, which depicts what I can only refer to as “old fashioned” fun. The collection features bags that resemble a carousel, a bag of peanuts, a theater or carnival ticket, and an ice cream truck. All of these pieces are clutch-sized and are made to look like these objects. The Francis Tote in this collection, however, is just that… a tote. It has a fun, ice cream and Popsicle print that reminds me a little bit of the prints Dooney and Bourke used to do. I really like the colors and, despite the brightness, I think this piece would be practical for a casual summer day.