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Panama Straw and Gold Crocodile Mondrian Tote

Washington woman on-the-go Jamie Dorros may very well be one of the top accessory aficionados in the area. A bag and shoe lover, Dorros understands premium quality, as well as the importance of getting the most out of a statement piece. This is why she is an ardent fan of Nancy Gonzalez's handbags. "I have carried my black crocodile clutch to a black-tie affair and used the same bag the next day while wearing jeans to meet friends for coffee," says Dorros, a philanthropist and Circle of Care member at Children's National Medical Center as well as a wife and mother. She also appreciates the timeless elegance of Gonzalez's designs, which are handmade. "Her handbags do not have a name or logo stamped all over them. They are primarily recognizable for the precious, exotic skins she uses in most of her creations." Take, for example, this stunning tote, with understated metallic gold touches, crocodile skin, and Panama straw - perfection for the bustling lifestyle of a District fashionista. "Who wouldn't love a bag that goes with an evening gown one day and a dressed-down causal look the next?" We can only agree.