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Three Need-to-Know Bag Designers

Aug 10, 2016

by Alison Feldmann

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Growing up, I loved back-to-school shopping; buying razor-sharp pencils and a new bag is a high that I still seek out each August. This season, invest in the grown-up version of a Jansport backpack: a sumptuous leather tote that will last you through the coming year — and twenty more after that.

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Oiled Leather Tote Bag by Carmel Goldental, $285

Israeli designer Carmel Goldental creates bags with a practical bent — but that doesn’t mean they can’t look good, too. This multi-purpose leather tote bag is oiled to a deep, sultry brown and has two conveniently placed interior pockets for your keys and phone (no bottomless pit here!). Bonus: the shoulder straps are detachable, so it can be worn as a tote bag, a crossbody, or carried as a handbag.

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Italian Leather Tote With Zipper by Nell Harper Leather, $195

Jess and Alia of Nell Harper Leather have a mutual fondness for top-notch materials and pride themselves on a keen attention to detail. Their handmade, heirloom-quality bags are the proof: They’re composed of Italian, vegetable-tanned leather and solid brass — sure to become more beautiful with age. This caramel tote is their all-time best seller. 

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Cranberry Leather Shopper by Morelle, $118

Who says leather totes need be classic brown or black? Twin sisters Jenny and Katie Grigoratou of Morelle describe their design style as “unusual and maybe a little bit quirky.” This functional, ruby-red shopper is made with raw-edged Italian leather and is large enough to fit all your everyday essentials: laptop, notebook, even a coffee to-go cup. Find more colors and styles — including classic butterscotch leather — in their well-curated shop.

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Distressed Leather Zipper Shoulder Bag, Leather Cross Body, Brown Tote, Leather Tote Bag, Leather Diaper Bag, Laptop Bag, Leather Bag
Distressed Leather Zipper Shoulder Bag, Leather Cross Body, Brown Tote, Leather Tote Bag, Leather Diaper Bag, Laptop Bag, Leather Bag
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Cranberry Leather Shopper, Leather Tote Bag, Soft Leather Bag, Red Leather Bag, Leather Shopper, Leather Bag, Leather Handbag, Red Tote
Cranberry Leather Shopper, Leather Tote Bag, Soft Leather Bag, Red Leather Bag, Leather Shopper, Leather Bag, Leather Handbag, Red Tote
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Brown leather bag, leather crossbody, crossbody handbag, leather tote, brown leather tote, tote with zipper, valentine's gift
Brown leather bag, leather crossbody, crossbody handbag, leather tote, brown leather tote, tote with zipper, valentine's gift
$285.00 USD

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