As expected, Kate Middleton brought her fashion A game along to the royal tour of Pakistan. She channeled Princess Diana, mixed affordable and luxury fashion and paid homage to Pakistani culture with a shalwar kameez. While boarding a plane at the Lahore Airport on the fifth and final day of her tour, the 37-year-old Duchess of Cambridge debuted a smart travel bag that we’re eager to snag for ourselves.
Middleton hit the tarmac alongside Prince William wearing a Elan kurta, white Gul Ahmed trousers, nude J.Crew Elsie heels ($136), a Maheen Khan scarf, UFO gold drop earrings and a Smythson carryall that’s basically made for travel.
The Duchess of Cambridge typically carries small handbags or clutches, so seeing her with a full-on travel tote is quite the surprise. But it seems that Middleton didn’t choose her handbag willy-nilly. In fact, it’s not only practical, but it also has a meaningful name.
The mother of three opted for the sold-out Smythson Panama East-West zip tote bag in black. As you may remember, Kensington Palace revealed that their trip was meant to signify the long-held relationship between Britain and Pakistan and to introduce the modern Pakistan to the world. You might call that an East meets West kind of situation (yep, like the name of the bag).
Although Middleton’s exact tote is sold out, the Smythson Panama tote ($1,195) features the same pebbled leather, gold foil logo lettering and ample space. All it’s really missing is the zip enclosure and front pocket.
A Kate Middleton piece that you can schlep everywhere you go? This may be a first.