I have a thing against leather totes, which is a bummer on a number of levels. One, because a lot — and I mean a lot — of the ethical brands whose missions I believe in make them. (I guess it makes sense; they're relatively easy to construct in comparison to more complex bags that have zippers or more seams, which means they don't necessitate a lot of special equipment).
And two, because I'm almost relentlessly practical when it comes to bags. I want something cute, but I also want something big enough to carry my packed lunch, a hardback novel and maybe even my DSLR on any given day. Leather totes, unlike a bajillion other bag types, are actually roomy enough for all of the above. But I just don't like them. There's something about that carried-under-the-armpit, you-clearly-stuffed-everything-you-own-in-there look that I just can't get behind.
Which is why I was pretty delighted when I found this bag from Nisolo. It ticks the ethically made box that's always a part of my first line of questioning while shopping, and it looks roomy enough to carry all my necessary day-to-day bulky items. And yes, it does all this while being a leather tote bag, which I claim to hate, but its slightly taller and thinner shape, design-conscious knotted handles and the long strap that can turn it into a crossbody make it feel decidedly cooler to me than your average leather carryall. Here's to being happily proven wrong.
Simone crossbody shopper, $158, available at Spring.
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