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The Pearl-Embellished Mini Bag That'll Sweeten up Dara's Winter Wardrobe

Why carry your life in a boring leather tote, when you can bring the essentials in a dainty crochet bucket?
Suryo Bucket of Pearls, $132, available here. 

Suryo Bucket of Pearls, $132, available here

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. 

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Suryo Buck of Pearls, $132, available here

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