Category: Handbags

Faux leather handbags as luscious as the real thing

Years ago, we discovered the wonderful faux leather handbag designs of Crystalyn Kae, and became fast fans. Our love of her work was only solidified after the breaking news that lots of faux leather handbags contain high levels of lead, but hers were not among them. Still, it’s been a while since I’ve checked in with her shop and wow, there are some great new handbags out for fall, including a Women’s Hobo Bag which comes in seven cool colors.   One of the benefits of vegan leather is that it’s way lighter than real leather, water-resistant, and can be more durable...

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Reusable grocery bags with a sense of humor

If you’re like me, the hardest part about switching from plastic bags to reusable grocery bags was remembering to actually bring them, which is why this tote bag from Emily McDowell (love her!) cracked me up. Of course, this cute bag can’t actually force you to remember it, but it’s definitely a hilarious way to celebrate the small victory with your fellow shoppers when you do because, well, I’m pretty sure we can all relate. And if you need a little reusable grocery bag advice: Stock up on a bunch and leave them in your car, or do what I do and leave your trunk open (well,...

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Adorably personalized library tote bags give kids one more reason not to lose those books.

As this crazy summer winds down I’m really looking forward to returning to our town’s library for after school hangs and rainy weekends. We’re there often, but no matter how hard we try to keep track of those borrowed books they tend to get lost in the household shuffle, so I exceptionally love the idea of this personalized library tote bag from our friends at Sarah + Abraham. This adorable customizable tote featuring the popular olligraphic designs we love will get your kids a little more excited when it’s time to make a library run. Kids can make this bag truly their own, choosing among four colors...

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Handcrafted leather bags as gorgeous as those from any big name designer

I love designer bags from big names, don’t get me wrong. But there’s also just something awesome about handcrafted bags from indie designers and smaller names, especially when they are as modern, sophisticated, and hot (did I mention hot?) as the ones at Opelle Creative. For the price of a big name mass-produced designer bag, you can get a handcrafted leather bag made to order especially for you at Opelle,  a Toronto-based label on Etsy that creates each of their gorgeous designs from original patterns. Let’s just say it’s as close to getting a bag made just for me as I’ll probably ever get. I already feel like...

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The MZ Wallace Farmer’s Market Tote: A stylish bag for one of our favorite causes.

So when I saw the MZ Wallace Farmer’s Market Tote I willed it onto my shoulder. I’m a huge MZ Wallace fan thanks to all the compliments I get when I carry their Hayley bag on my shoulder. But when I found out their newest addition actually supports an amazing cause, well forget about it. That bag is so mine. I love that they’ve teamed up with Provisions by Food52 to create a cool tote in navy (oh my, the navy) in their signature Bedford nylon and leather trim, so that $50 from the purchase supports Alice Waters’ wonderful Edible Schoolyard Project....

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Cool handbag organization tips and accessories for the (sometimes) organizationally challenged.

As organized as I may be in other aspects of my life, I consider myself a bit organizationally challenged when it comes to my handbags. No matter how big or small it is, I always manage to lose things I need in the black hole of my tote or purse, or pull out the wrong thing at the wrong time. Have you ever tried opening the door with a crayon? Or a tampon? Yeah. So in an effort to reorganize my stuff and make my life slightly easier, I put together a few handbag organizing tips, then scoured the web for some of my favorite...

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The Mamuye Bag from FashionABLE is the leather tote that feels divine – and so will you

I know, I know – this is going to turn into the FashionABLE blog if they don’t stop coming out with gorgeous, very wearable handmade accessories that help support the women in Ethiopia who made them. Recently we introduced you to their new leather wrap bracelets, and we were thrilled to see  how many of you snatched up the affordable bracelets–sometimes three or four at a time for layering. (Nice!)  Now they’re out with a new leather tote that is so amazing, even I was impressed when I saw it in person. And I’m pretty picky with my leather....

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Feeling foxy

Okay, so maybe sloths are the new hedgehogs, which are the new foxes–but foxes are still the new owls and that counts for something. Also, we like foxes. So of course we’re totally smitten with these cute Say Fox Purses. It is such a ridiculously cute gift for your favorite tween or ironic tween, or just for the young at heart.   The leather purses are handmade in Minnesota and the price is just amazing. I also think it’s absolutely perfect how well the shape is suited to a fox. Although with the narwhal coming up fast and furiously as a contender...

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Pretty leather summer totes, now made in the U.S.A.

It’s no secret that I’ve got an obsession with bags, so when I saw these leather summer totes from CMP fave Ellington (so pretty!) the only question in my mind was which color to get.   I really love that Ellington took their popular classic totes and went back to figure out how they could be made in the U.S.A., which is really something extra special these days. And the colors are amazing. I’m immediately drawn to the turquoise, but the bright red is definitely an eyecatcher. Take a peek at the other more subtle color swatches if you prefer your shades a little more neutral....

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Trend Alert: 11 fabulous summer handbags in chic neutrals.

This summer we’re going nude–with our handbags, at least. So many great designers are creating sophisticated looks in chic neutrals, and we’re in love. This also means that I don’t have to switch handbags to match my clothes every day, but let’s be honest; when I’m trying to get three kids out the door I’m more likely to leave home with a bag that doesn’t match what I’m wearing at all. That’s about to end, because I’m determined to get at least one of these ten neutral handbags for summertime for myself. So many great choices, where to start? CMP is an rstyle affiliate/ some of these...

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10 colorful bags for spring. Hold onto your credit cards, mamas.

With warmer temperatures finally here, I can toss my beloved black bag to the back of my closet and brighten up my wardrobe with bolder, more colorful bags for spring. So pull out those flip flops and take a peek at my ten personal favorite bags in every price range. Good luck picking just one. Or, you know…don’t.   I’ve been filled with accessory envy ever since I saw our Editor Liz sporting this Rebecca Minkoff mab tote in black . However this bright aqua is so perfect for spring and summer. It fits a laptop, too, in case...

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New Baggu leather bags feel like a breath of fresh spring air

Well, Baggu has certainly come a long way since we first discovered their durable, stylish reusable nylon totes back in (eep) 2008. The collection has grown to include so many gorgeous styles and colors, and now Baggu leather bags are fast becoming a staple of the collection. In addition to the original Leather Baggu, they’ve introduced accessories ranging from an $18 leather coin purse to a small leather clutch in fun spring colors (shown at top). Affordable Mother’s Day gift perhaps? The 8″ leather pouch would be a great staple in my existing tote, to stash my earbuds, phone charger,...

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The new Coach bags: The coolest of colorblock for spring

Ooh, how the new Coach bags are tempting me this spring. I’ve loved the whole colorblock trend even before it was hot, which means I’ve got lots of pieces I can pull right out of my closet and wear in a snap. But these stylish handbags are giving me a little something new to freshen up my wardrobe. I’m a little obsessed with stripes, but you don’t have to be to fall immediately in love with the Coach Borough bag. It’s one of the coolest and most chic of the new Coach bags, let alone any of the black and white bags I’ve...

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The chic new bags from Brit-Stitch. When you’ve outgrown the need to carry your entire life in your bag.

As many things as I miss about having little ones, I love that I can now leave the house with little more than my phone, wallet, keys, and maybe an emergency lollipop for the kids. This means I can also revert back to my smaller handbags more frequently than date nights. And the new bags from Brit-Stitch are a gorgeous new option for spring. Taking a very strong cue from the original Cambridge Satchel, and the myriad traditional British satchel bags that are so popular now, Brit-Stitch adds something new to the purse party with a selection of make-your-own...

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A bespoke, totally un-awkward gift for the teen girl who has everything

When I was a teen, there was no such thing as an iTunes gift card. No, we had to walk both ways to Turtles and work our fingers to the bone making mix tapes. It’s just as hard today to find a gift for a teen girl that says “I understand you and am not tragically unhip.” But we think this personalized coin purse is just right. And you can pop a gift card in there too. Handmade in NYC, each coin purse is crafted of natural linen and lined with quilting fabric with a name or word embroidered on the...

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Having a heart for Valentine’s Day

While I’m all for fun chocolates and roses and jewelry on Valentine’s Day (I’m sentimental like that) I also love a gift that gives back for any holiday at all. A great idea: The Project (RED) heart tote bag now on sale at Fab.com. For a mere $11, you get a sweet, sturdy, canvas tote that lets you boldly show your support of Project (RED), one of our very favorite organizations, while knowing a portion of the proceeds directly funds HIV/AIDS programs that happen to be wildly effective. Also, here’s a hint: chicks love guys who have a heart. Trust...

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Probably not a bag for the kids.

I love everything about this shopper bag by Wild & Wolf — the color, the size, the price, and the fact that it somehow magically knows exactly what is in my bag at any given moment! If you’re a parent, probably best that you carry this tote around before the kid is old enough to actually be able to read it. Or hey, just hang it on that hook behind your bedroom closet door for you know…randomness. That’s what it’s made for. Get the Random Crap tote bag at Burke Decor. And then you know what to fill it...

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The new Hayden-Harnett clutches and wallets: Awesome holiday gift on sale, check.

My obsession with indie designer bag and accessory label Hayden-Harnett is getting–well, a little obsessive. And these new clutches are an amazing gift for the stylish women on your list, especially at a sale price this week only. Through Sunday, save 25% on the new wallets, including this fabulous leather Bardot Pouch with python print. I’m having trouble choosing between the solid practical black (always my inclination), a poppy fun green, or the more daring multi colored python print. Considering the price is already good at $58 but drops down to $44 with the discount, maybe I don’t have to choose...

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The Cambridge Satchel goes rock ‘n’ roll

When we first discovered the (then) itty-bitty mom-founded Cambridge Satchel Company, who knew it would become a huge fashion phenomenon?   I love that while staying true to their traditional, veddy British structure and shape, they’ve taken risks with colorblock bags, neon bags, pastel bags, and now a great looking studded Cambridge Satchel. The 13″ bag meshes the classic preppy schoolgirl shape with silver studs, giving it a punky, funky edge that I think is way cool. Even if I am years past my mosh pit days. –Liz Find the studded Cambridge Satchel and other new styles online at their US...

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Classic, clean new fall handbags from Coach: Prep those credit cards

The way my kids look forward to a new backpack each fall is pretty much the way I look forward to finding a new handbag each fall (whether I need one or not). My standards: Something I know I can wear every single day, that goes from day to night, and that goes with pretty much anything I might be wearing. I will admit I wouldn’t normally think to visit Coach, but wow, their new fall handbags are subtle, sleek, and right up my alley. If you’re looking for a splurgey designer bag that you know will last foreeeever,...

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A girl’s first purse? Make it cute and uh, make it strong. Trust us.

My girls have hit the age where they like to have their own purses. Well, we’ll use that term loosely, considering what they put in them. While I’ve given them my share of hand-me-down handbags, I know they’d adore the sweet handmade little purses and change purses from Octopurse on Etsy. Find them in little sizes that are great for change (or rocks, if you’re my six-year-old), or medium sizes that feel just a wee bit more practical–change and rocks? And LEGO minifigs and lip balm? You know, all the essentials when you’re a tween on the go. Some...

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The eco beach totes that look like summer heaven

With our family living at the pool all summer long, a strong, sturdy tote bag is a summer must-have. This year, I’m thinking of switching from my standard canvas bag to one of these amazing totes made from recycled sails. Sea Bags are an old favorite of ours, designed and crafted in Portland, Maine from recycled sails and the result is a tote you’ll use for years to come. I mean, is there anything sturdier and weather-resistant than a sail? I love thier fresh new designs for this summer like the Chain Design Tote Bag, which features a unique, bold...

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Gorgeous snakeskin clutches: the only snake I’ll ever hold

There have been too many times in my life where I’ve seen a fabulous, affordable clutch and talked myself right out of it–because when would I, a busy mom of four, use a clutch? Then I have a dinner date, a conference party, or a fun trip to Las Vegas and I find myself completely clutchless!  But thanks to CMP-fave Clava, you’ll be more than prepared with an on-trend clutch that won’t break your bank.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve already used this gorgeous Eden foldover clutch in fabulous faux snake (100% vegan, mamas!), which is so hot...

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Are you a Cool Mom Picks Subscriber? This is a good week to do it!

Each month our newsletter subscribers get access to so many goodies you won’t find on our site. Like extra special deals and exclusive discount codes, even for brands that never give discount codes. Not to mention more trends, tips, and the best of our weekly posts. Oh, and did we mention the monthly giveaway just for subscribers? Later this week, one lucky CMP subscriber will win that gorgeous Epiphanie Brooklyn bag above, in mustard, worth $225. It’s specially made for cameras and laptops, but something that pretty is also going to work as a sturdy diaper bag or travel...

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A simple tote bag with a powerful mission of hope from ESPEROS

We love it when a favorite company is back on the scene with a new product, especially when that product does a world of good for someone in need. ESPEROS provides education for disadvantaged children while making gorgeous and practical bags. The company has a simple mission: One bag. One child. One year. {Keep reading after the jump for a chance to win a new ESPEROS tote!} When you get one of the simply practical (and yes, cool) bags by ESPEROS you give back, and you do it in a big way. Because every ESPEROS bag sold provides a...

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Organization help? Well..

I need this organized pouch by Pamela Barsky. Enough said. –LizFind Pamela Barsky’s clever canvas pouches at the Pamela Barsky Etsy Shop, or on sale at a great price on Fab.com for a limited time. This link gives you membership if you don’t already have...

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Go green with eco-friendly totes from Canopy Verde

As much as I love canvas tote bags, I’ve yet to find one that’s stylish enough for me to carry as my everyday handbag.  But now that I’ve discovered these beautiful eco-friendly bags, I’m so smitten, I can’t stop daydreaming about which one I want next.  No detail is left out with the beautiful Canopy Verde bags from designer and mom of two Linda Wong. Wong applied her background in apparel design (and her cool mama savvy) to creating stylish, sustainable accessories that aren’t only eco-responsible, but accessibly priced. I’m loving the slim Hibiscus Tote, which fits just about everything...

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Virtuoso! Handmade handbag masterpieces

It’s no secret that I have a handbag obsession. That’s pretty clear the second you walk into my closet.  But these handcrafted beauties I found on Etsy are on a whole other level. And if you think this violin bag is amazing, just wait until you see the other ones. Each amazing krukrustudio bag is designed by two Russian artisans and created completely by hand out of wool felt. And, wow, I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen anything like them.  While they certainly look like works of art, these beautiful felt handbags are all completely functional. Talk about a...

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Get on your bikes and ride

One day the humidity will pass, right? One day soon? And those days, I imagine a few of us are going to get back on those bikes. When you do, this cool bike accessory might just have to go with you. I’m not sure if it’s the prettiest ever bicycle handlebar clutch for bikers, or whether it’s the prettiest ever bicycle handlebar clutch that willcreate more bikers, but either way I just think it’s so pretty. (Can you tell?) More practical than a plain old basket, strap it on the handlebars, pop in your small must-haves, and hit the cobblestones.  It...

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Shop smarter with a whole new kind of reusable bag

When grocery shopping, I try and take my own reusable bags. And I love that now some cities are charging for paper or plastic, to encourage you to BYO. So I love this new company that’s offering everything I’ve wanted in a reusable shopping bag. Check out Reisenthel EasyBags and you’ll see each bag fits snugly in a shopping cart and sits flat, unlike standard totes. For larger trips, you can even fit 2 bags side by side in the cart.  Each bag clips into the cart for easy packing and unpacking while velcro secures the top closure.  There...

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