Bags

The Leatherology Edit

My urgent need for a new keychain led me to Leatherology. I’d included some of the company’s products in past collages on the blog but only recently made my first purchase—the circle keychain. I decided to order it in electric blue with light gold hardware and a gold monogram. When it comes to style, no detail is too small to overlook.

As I perused other products on the site, it became clear that Leatherology’s design team prioritizes functionality. Founders Rae and David Liu “draw inspiration from [their] daily routines to design fresh and familiar pieces to enhance [the] everyday.” I can’t think of anywhere else to buy a sophisticated, travel-sized tissue holder. The website is incredibly user-friendly and allows customers to preview their monogram on item(s) of their choice prior to purchasing. Personalized purchases aren’t returnable, but the preview feature will allow you to add your initials to any product with confidence.

Works Sighted

cirlce keychain // lipstick case // small tech bag

small accessories pouch // passport holder // small crossbody

tissue holder // belt bag // cord wrap set

The Neely & Chloe Edit

Although I can’t recall when I first became acquainted with Neely & Chloe, I remember that it was the mini lady bag that sold me. It reminded me of the Mark Cross overnight case that Lisa Carol Fremont (played by Grace Kelly) carries in Rear Window (1954). The lady bag and the overnight case differ in size and price, but they both embody the same classic spirit.

Sisters Neely and Chloe Burch established their brand in 2015. One of the founders stated the following in a behind-the-scenes video: “The product should be more about you than it is about us. That’s why the logos are all on the inside of the bag.” In a society ruled by consumerism and fast fashion, it takes some effort on the part of the consumer to seek out designers with this mindset. The products in this edit speak for themselves:

mini lady bag // Out to lunch at La Grande Boucherie.

laptop sleeve // Working remotely from Ralph’s.

billfold // Picking up a book at Albertine.

small vanity case // Montauk for the weekend.

ring tab // Home sweet home.

large vanity case // Disconnecting in Tahiti.

Further Reading

New York Guide

Get to Know Neely & Chloe Burch, the Sister’s Behind the Chic & Affordable Accessories Line (Making it in Manhattan)

Tory Burch’s nieces have a collection of cool handbags that won’t break the millennial wallet (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

My Modern Picnic Edit

Top-handle lunch bags by Modern Picnic

Although returning to in-person work isn’t without its challenges, packing a lunch shouldn’t be one of them. The first step to planning my midday meal is to acquire a bag in which to carry it. I’ve been eyeing the stylish offerings at Modern Picnic for months. Videos of chic New Yorkers filling their bags with food are available to watch on the website as well as on YouTube. The MP models seem to glide through their day without a hair out of place. Perhaps I can do the same. I’m hoping that a stylish lunch bag filled with food and sparkling water will make it easier for me to adjust to office life again. I’ve narrowed down my selection. Now I just have to choose three two one.

Works Sighted

luncher (black bamboo) // large luncher (cream) // luncher (navy)

pouch (black faux crocodile) // luncher (blush) // large luncher (black faux crocodile)

Kayu Edit # 2

straw totes and sandals

My Kayu journey began last spring when I purchased a tote named Behati (since sold out). Although I’m not in the market for anther straw tote right now, I check the website periodically to update my wish list. Keeping my lists current for all of my favorite brands is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job as a blogger. Four of the items I’ve rounded up are sold out at the moment, but I reckon they’ll be restocked. I realized in my stalking of the Arianne clutch that items disappear and reappear online like the California tide. You simply have to keep a watchful eye.

Works Sighted

St. Tropez tote (black) // mini Sur tote + mini tote liner (cream) // Athena sandal (gold)

St. Tropez tote (cream) // Athena sandal (black) // mini St. Tropez tote (cream)

Athena sandal (natural) // Sur tote // mini St. Tropez tote (black)

3 Essential Leather Goods From Madewell

Madewell chain crossbody bag, Madewell card case, Madewell pouch.

Whenever I am in need of any type of leather good, Madewell is the first stop on my search. The three items we will be discussing in this post were acquired in a similar manner—rather impulsively.

Let’s begin with the chain crossbody bag. I’d been attending a particular holiday party once a year up until Covid. Selecting the dress and the shoes was easy enough, but my quest to find a clutch always proved difficult. My luck changed the year I discovered the chain crossbody bag. The gold-toned chain can be worn around the shoulder or tucked inside the bag. A hint of the chain—a detail too beautiful to hide—is left exposed at the top of the flap when it’s tucked. This bag has attended every holiday party since the year that I purchased it. It’s also been to the opera, the ballet, countless plays, Riverdance, and a wedding. The chain has come in handy when I’ve needed the use of both hands. My mobile, keys, and cards fit inside, and I never have to ask anyone to keep an eye on them while I’m on the dance floor.

The pouch was my second leather purchase from Madewell. It was August 2018, and I’d just gotten my first iPhone. I needed an everyday pouch that would accommodate it along with my keys and cards. I usually place this pouch inside of a larger bag, but it can easily be carried solo on a quick errand. The brass-colored zipper provides a pop of color.

I purchased the card case in December 2020 to accompany me on brisk walks. Oftentimes, I don’t like to carry a pouch or a large bag when I’m on a mission to get my steps. This case holds my identification card, credit card, and the public transport card of whatever city I’m in. It can also hold a key provided it’s not on a ring. I prefer to shop at Madewell in person rather than online. (I like to hear the click of my heels on the wooden floor.) All three of the aforementioned items were purchased at the Walnut Street location, which seems to always have something in stock to meet my urgent, bag-related needs.

Works Sighted

Madewell chain crossbody bag; Madewell card case; Madewell pouch

The L.L.Bean Boat and Tote

Medium L.L.Bean Boat and Tote with short handles.

The L.L.Bean Boat and Tote was originally designed for hauling ice but is an ideal carrier for endless combinations of items: notebook/pen, towel/sunscreen, salad/apple/Perrier, package/shipping label/tape. It is a stylish sidekick for busy days. The sizes range from small to extra-large, which enables the buyer to select a style with dimensions that suit the task(s) to which it will be designated. The handle’s color and length are customizable, as is the color of the monogram. Oh yes, you must get it monogrammed. The only time I ordered a Boat and Tote without one was when I gave it to a friend and didn’t know if she would prefer her initials on the side. I’ve given this canvas bag as a gift on three occasions. The medium, open-top tote with short, navy handles is my go-to style in these instances. But it also comes in a zip-top version, which I’ve found useful. L.L.Bean will occasionally produce variants of the classic tote, but I don’t recommend that you explore them until after you’ve become acquainted with the original.

Works Sighted

L.L.Bean Boat and Tote (medium, short handles in navy, red monogram)