I'm looking for suggestions for an everyday classic, leather, cross body purse without any bling. Mefi bag experts, I need your help to sort through my options or find the purse I saw on the green recently.
The purse must hold a long wallet, keys, phone and a few other bits and bobs. Ideally it will also fit an 8.5 x 5.5 inch sketchbook (even if I need to take the wallet out) but it's not necessary. I'm trying to avoid anything too heavy, too large, or covered in metal studs/"bling"/chains/decoration. Because I dress very colorfully I'm thinking of going black so it will not clash and can be used for many years.
I've been carrying a Tom Bihn Large Cafe Bag
for the past five years, but in my mid-30s think it may be time for a grownup purse. Most top-handled bags slip off my shoulders, my large chest doesn't leave room to tuck a shoulder bag under my arm easily, and I often bike with my bag tightened around my body so I think a cross body bag would be best. I'd like it to look appropriate whether I'm wearing a t-shirt and jeans or a a pencil skirt and cloche.
As a beginner purse owner I don't think I'm ready for a Chloe or Prada. A classic Coach is probably a good bet, but I like the idea of something more interesting or indie. I love great little details. I'm thinking of something in the $100-600 range.
Within the past 3-6 months I saw a purse I'd like linked to somewhere on mefi but I have not been able to find it again. It was rectangular, about this width
, and by a small designer on an independent website. I recall looking for locations to purchase and finding one boutique carrying its products in Chicago. It was ~$550, black leather and very plain, possibly a "classic satchel
" shape but more modern.