Recommendations for a tiny purse that will last?
March 18, 2016 10:26 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a high quality, tiny purse that will fit my 5" phone, Kindle Paperwhite (7x5), credit cards, and possibly a pen and lip balm. Ladies of AskMe, what do you recommend?

I bought one on Etsy and it was super adorable, and the perfect size, but I'd like one with either leather or a nylon-like material that is washable. I'm not really into the style of, say, Le Sportsac with all the zippers, but I'd be open to one of any brand that zips from the top. The less it looks like a traditional purse, the better. I've seen Baggalini and Haiku (both of which I like), but I'm not sure if they're worth the money. To me, $50 or $60 is a lot to spend on a purse, and before I do, I'd like to know if it lasts. I've been reading reviews but people don't seem to mention longevity unless it's a situation where the bag fell apart in a few weeks.

Looking for a flat-ish, cross-body bag that is washable and will hold up to the abuse that I inflict on my bags. $60 is my limit, if that's realistic. Thank you in advance!
posted by onecircleaday to Shopping (11 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Have you checked out Kipling? Something like the Callie might fit the bill.
posted by hellopanda at 10:59 PM on March 18, 2016

Best answer: It is a little over your budget ($85) but Leather Satchel Co. is running a Kickstarter and their Small Pixie fits your requirements re: longevity.
posted by Tamanna at 11:36 PM on March 18, 2016 [2 favorites]

I have a Baggalini, and it's held up really well.
posted by Fig at 2:36 AM on March 19, 2016

Baggallini are great. Durable, lightweight, and with a Tardis-like interior that holds so much more than you'd think. I have this one, which is my second-string bag after my bigger (and more utilitarian) Healthy Back Bag.
posted by essexjan at 4:02 AM on March 19, 2016

Nthing the Baggallini recommendation -- they're very durable! If you have a TJ Maxx in your area, try looking in the umbrellas/travel accessories section -- I found both of my Baggallinis there at a substantial discount. That said, they probably won't have a huge range of styles, and you may have to check back several weeks in a row because of the way they stock things (nothing, nothing, nothing, and then a whole bunch all at once). That said, it's probably worth a shot!
posted by ourobouros at 5:55 AM on March 19, 2016 [2 favorites]

Best answer: The Tom Bihn Side Effect is the right size and very non-purse-like. It's made in Seattle and IMO the best quality for the price--the bags are all but indestructible. It does have a side zipper in addition to the top zipper, but you can wear that side facing in.
posted by mama casserole at 6:27 AM on March 19, 2016

Home Goods also has Baggallinis, in the luggage section. They are a great shape and I've bought two but the issue is the same, the lining is too large. Stuff will get twisted up in the excess fabric. In trying to find something in a hurry, I've pulled the whole bag inside out. Tacking down the corners helped somewhat.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 6:58 AM on March 19, 2016

Best answer: Not a perfect answer but perhaps worth considering -- Roots? Extremely well made, free of ugly logos, very durable, nice goes-with-everything aesthetic. Above your price range (but check the US site; CDN$ is quite low right now, and this is just CAD78), but you could also stalk eBay, and I guarantee you will not need to look at buying another purse for many, many years. Aaaaand not a thing you can easily in the washing machine, but the leather is so thick and durable that very basic leather care will keep it tidy.
posted by kmennie at 8:28 AM on March 19, 2016 [1 favorite]

I have this bag and it's great. You do have to buy the strap separately, but that's the only caveat I can think of.
posted by Lemmy Caution at 9:18 AM on March 19, 2016 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I have nothing but good things to say
About haiku.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 12:17 PM on March 19, 2016

If they are your style, Maruca bags are extremely well made (handmade), affordable relative to their quality, and come in a large variety of small sizes. I'm sad I had to give up this brand because their fabrics aren't my (very simple) style. But if you like their looks, you will enjoy them for many years.
posted by kalapierson at 3:05 PM on March 19, 2016

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