You'll notice a pattern if you look at my most recent bag purchases: Pretty trumps practical. Why carry your life in a boring leather tote when you can fit the essentials — phone, lip gloss and an Emergen-C packet – in a dainty, pearl-embellished crochet bucket bag? The choice seems obvious to me, which explains why I get a rare sense of joy out of finding lesser-known labels that satisfy my appetite for trinket-like totes. Suryo, an Amsterdam-based brand that sells bags and accessories handcrafted by female artisans in Java, does just that.
I discovered the label on my bi-weekly (fine, hourly) sweep of the Lisa Says Gah website, an eclectic e-tail haven where I go to find treasures from indie designers around the world. From there, I wound up on Suryo's own site, which offers an assortment of colorful crochet bags and earrings — some embellished with a cluster of pearls and others done in cool geometric shapes.
I gravitated toward a pearl-adorned gold bucket bag, though there's a pyramid clutch that I'd love to get my hands on, and a springy, emerald mini tote decorated with sparkly resin beads and a contrasting acrylic pearl handle, that's also on my mind. I want 'em all. And the best part is that my purchases will not only sweeten up my winter wardrobe, but they'll also support the Javanese craft community.
Suryo Buck of Pearls, $132, available here.
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