Hooked: Lanvin

Big, hard balls are hardly the stuff of glamour, but they’re the inspiration behind Lanvin’s newest handbag. Get your mind out of the gutter—or in the gutter—because we’re talking about bowling.

While the sport is usually associated more with awkward high school dates than high fashion, for spring the French house is giving the nerdiest of games a makeover with its newest classic handbag, the Bowling Lanvin JL. Hand-stitched from buttery leather, the roomy totes come in five shades: black, sand, brown, petrol blue and gold calfskin—or opt for python for an even more luxe look.

Got less loot to carry? Try the striking clutch-style bag, available in smooth matte calf or a patchwork of patent python. And like any good bowling bag worth its weight in, well, bowling balls, these come monogrammed—in this case, with brass JL initials for the house’s founder, Jeanne Lanvin. No stinky rental shoes required. 

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