Brown Bags, Handbags & Purses

Longchamp Legende Sports Satchel | Classic Cognac Leather Handbag

Longchamp Legende Sports Satchel | Classic Cognac Leather Handbag

Longchamp blows its own trumpet with this Legende Sports Satchel. I'm not sure its destined to be the legend that Longchamp hopes, but it's quite a stylish satchel.

Don't let the sports part of its moniker confuse you; this isn't the sort of satchel you want ...


Linea Pelle Mel Tote | Black Italian Leather East-West Buckle Handbag

Linea Pelle Mel Tote | Black Italian Leather East-West Buckle Handbag

Linea Pelle has created a bag for all seasons with the Mel Tote.

The Mel is really the definition of a classic tote bag. Black leather is a traditional choice, and this one with its deep natural grain is a gorgeous specimen. Such a skin needs ...


Laurel & Sunset Utilitarian Hobo Bag | Convertible Practical Brown Leatherette Handbag

Laurel & Sunset Utilitarian Hobo Bag | Convertible Practical Brown Leatherette Handbag

According to dictionary definitions, utilitarian is a word describing something designed for use rather than beauty. So it's only fitting that Laurel & Sunset's used the word to christen this hobo bag.

I wouldn't say the Utilitarian's an ugly duckling, but it clearly puts ...


Latico Leathers Delilah Cross-Body Bag | Studded Dual Flap Brown Leather Handbag

Latico Leathers Delilah Cross-Body Bag | Studded Dual Flap Brown Leather Handbag

Latico Leather celebrates studs with this Delilah cross-body bag.

If you aren't a fan of the metal accents you probably won't look twice at this purse. Hundreds of the brass nail heads cover this handbag's large boxy pockets. It could easily have been overkill, ...


Kooba Halle Shoulder Bag | Contemporary Brown Leather Zip Front Purse

Kooba Halle Shoulder Bag | Contemporary Brown Leather Zip Front Purse

The earthiness of brown leather tends to take me back to the swinging sixties or the wild wild west. But Kooba proves it can scream city chic with this Halle shoulder bag.

Rather than using a common shade of brown, Kooba's opted for a hue with ...


Kathy Van Zeeland Pretty Young Thing Satchel | Pleated Birch Brown Leatherette Handbag

Kathy Van Zeeland Pretty Young Thing Satchel | Pleated Birch Brown Leatherette Handbag

Kathy Van Zeeland's gotten in touch with her feminine side to create this Pretty Young Thing Satchel.

I was surprised to see KVZ's name attached to this conservative satchel. Its hardware is remarkably reserved, and its flap-over shape an elegant ...


Jessica Simpson So Lovely Clutch | Versatile Colorblocked Faux Leather Purse

Jessica Simpson So Lovely Clutch | Versatile Colorblocked Faux Leather Purse

Isn't she lovely? Jessica Simpson's gotten things oh so right with this So Lovely Clutch Purse.

The So Lovely's design is very simple, which might be why it's so endearing. Jessica Simpson has been guilty of over-embellishing many of her handbags, so it's refreshing ...


J. Tiras Dorothy East-West Bag | Elegant Brown Satin Purse

J. Tiras Dorothy East-West Bag | Elegant Brown Satin Purse

We're used to glitz and glitter from J. Tiras, so I was surprised to see the label taking a more understated approach with the Dorothy.

There's not a rhinestone to be found on this sophisticated brown purse. After admiring so many of the label's sparkly creations ...


J. Renee Camelia Clutch | Trippy Fabric Purse with Cut-Out Handles

J. Renee Camelia Clutch | Trippy Fabric Purse with Cut-Out Handles

I always enjoy the sparkle of the festive season, but now that it's over I'm looking for a more versatile clutch. The Camelia is a great option for anyone hoping to make the nine to five transition.

I appreciate that the Camelia is head turning without ...


Hilary Radley Nomad Tote | Faux Fur Synthetic Handbag

Hilary Radley Nomad Tote | Faux Fur Synthetic Handbag

Hilary Radley allows us to enjoy the looks of a fur bag without harming any animals with this Nomad Tote.

Despite its rich look, the Nomad is crafted from faux fur and embellished with synthetic. Both materials do a great job mimicking the more luxurious fabrics, ...


Harveys Berkeley Bucket Bag | Striped Eco-Friendly Treecycle Drawstring Handbag

Harveys Berkeley Bucket Bag | Striped Eco-Friendly Treecycle Drawstring Handbag

Harveys has dipped a toe outside its comfort zone with this Berkeley bucket bag.

The stitched seatbelt finish is Harveys trademark, but we've never seen the durable materials used in quite this way. The large bucket shape, with a drawstring closure, is much more intricate than ...


Halston Heritage April Clutch | Luxurious Black Watersnake Skin Purse

Halston Heritage April Clutch | Luxurious Black Watersnake Skin Purse

It might have a springtime name, but Halston Heritage's April purse is one of those special accessories that looks fresh all year round.

You wouldn't guess it from looking at the price tag, but the April is made from genuine watersnake skin. This authentic snakeskin has ...


Global Elements Suede Hobo | Brown Beaded Flower Purse

Global Elements Suede Hobo | Brown Beaded Flower Purse

Global Elements takes a break from its usual tribal inspired fare to create this Suede Hobo.

This hobo has a unique homespun charm to it. It's not very high class, but there's a sweetness to its fun floral accents and classic brown suede finish. It's the ...


Givenchy Obsedia Hobo | Chic Medium Brown Textured Leather Handbag

Givenchy Obsedia Hobo | Chic Medium Brown Textured Leather Handbag

Givenchy gives the classic hobo a fashion forward makeover with the Obsedia.

Givenchy's retained elements of the traditional style, but made the finish much more sophisticated. There's a gentle slouch to the material, but it's so thick and lush that it doesn't collapse in a heap. That added ...


Frye Kira Karry Satchel | Practical Brown Italian Leather Handbag

Frye Kira Karry Satchel | Practical Brown Italian Leather Handbag

Frye takes a traditional approach to design with the Kira Karry Satchel.

Its alliterative name might remind you of the Kardashians, but this satchel is much more sophisticated than the socialite sisters, or any accessory they've lent their name to. While the Kardashians play with synthetic ...


Fossil Modern Cargo Convertible Tote | Practical Boho Brown Leather Bag

Fossil Modern Cargo Convertible Tote | Practical Boho Brown Leather Bag

Fossil takes us back to the 70s with this boho inspired Modern Cargo Tote.

The buttery soft leather gives the Modern Cargo its casually cool silhouette. The slightly shiny skin reminds us that it isn't the best quality leather, but it's better than most materials at ...


Etienne Aigner Tiffany Tote | Brown Croc-Embossed Leather Handbag

Etienne Aigner Tiffany Tote | Brown Croc-Embossed Leather Handbag

Etienne Aigner gives the classic tote a hint of luxury with the Tiffany.

The conservative label's taken a traditional box shape and made it feel a little richer with some convincing crocodile embossing. The scales really are well done, which makes me wonder why I'm less ...


Elliott Lucca Bubble Flap Shoulder Bag | Brown Pebbled Leather Purse

Elliott Lucca Bubble Flap Shoulder Bag | Brown Pebbled Leather Purse

Elliott Lucca opts for classic styling with this Bubble Flap Shoulder Bag.

Its name is a bit confusing, because there doesn't seem to be anything bubbly about this bag. Its demeanor is as smooth as its gently pebbled leather. Its teak colored leather is ...


Dooney & Bourke Cork Equestrian Bag | Large Sophisticated Coated Canvas Shoulder Bag

Dooney & Bourke Cork Equestrian Bag | Large Sophisticated Coated Canvas Shoulder Bag

Dooney & Bourke steps away from its usual youthful fare for something a bit more grown up with the Cork Equestrian Bag.

Its name is a bit of a misnomer, as this bag isn't made from any cork at all. Instead its ...


Donald J Pliner Logan Hobo | Spacious Brown Glazed Leather Handbag

Donald J Pliner Logan Hobo | Spacious Brown Glazed Leather Handbag

Donald J Pliner's created a great everyday hobo in the Logan.

In many ways this is a hobo like so many others, but there are a few key details that have turned my head. I love the way Donald J Pliner has taken the ...


Diane von Furstenberg Kaitlin Messenger Bag | Retro Brown Leather Mesh Handbag

Diane von Furstenberg Kaitlin Messenger Bag | Retro Brown Leather Mesh Handbag

Diane von Furstenberg takes us back to the '70s with this relaxed yet refined Kaitlin Messenger.

Rather than appearing like a fashion throwback, this messenger is right on trend. Seventies style is enjoying a bit of a renaissance at the moment, but rarely is ...


Comme des Garcons The Beatles Tote | Apple Spotted Recycled Leather Handbag

Comme des Garcons The Beatles Tote | Apple Spotted Recycled Leather Handbag

Comme des Garcons shows the other labels how to create band merchandise with style with The Beatles tote.

This tote features black and green apples, a subtle homage to The Beatles' own recording label, in amongst more traditional black spots. The Beatles ...


Cleobella Electra Fringe Hobo | Bohemian Brown Cotton Handbag

Cleobella Electra Fringe Hobo | Bohemian Brown Cotton Handbag

Cleobella delivers the handbag equivalent of Cousin It with this Electra Fringe Hobo.

When used well fringing can create a fun western or bohemian vibe. But too much, as we see here, and a bag just seems hairy. The accents dominate the design rather than enhancing it, which ...


Christian Louboutin Rino Satchel | Gem Nappa Top Handle Handbag

Christian Louboutin Rino Satchel | Gem Nappa Top Handle Handbag

When I think of Christian Louboutin I think of whimsical evening purses and those striking red soled shoes. But with the Rino the label shows it can make day bags with the best of them.

Needless to say, I'm enamored with this chic satchel. I love ...


Carlo Fellini Marilyn Clutch | Champagne Pleated Satin Evening Purse

Carlo Fellini Marilyn Clutch | Champagne Pleated Satin Evening Purse

Marilyn Monroe remains one of the world's most enduring stars. Almost 50 years after her death she's still emulated and adored by celebrities and fashion followers alike. No doubt Carlo Fellini will hope the clutch he's created in her name is every bit as timeless.

He's ...


Carla Mancini Jackie Satchel | Studded Stitched Brown Leather Carry-All Bag

Carla Mancini Jackie Satchel | Studded Stitched Brown Leather Carry-All Bag

I must admit, I've never taken a lot of notice of Carla Mancini. Her accessories typically tend to blend into the background. However with this Jackie satchel she has me swooning.

There's a lot going on here, but Mancini handles it so well that it doesn't ...


Bottega Veneta Belly Bag | Sophisticated Woven Navy Leather Hobo Handbag

Bottega Veneta Belly Bag | Sophisticated Woven Navy Leather Hobo Handbag

It's got a silly name, but this Belly Bag from Bottega Veneta oozes sophisticated style.

The cute moniker perhaps stems from this hobo's softly rounded shape. If we use our imaginations I suppose we could see it like the portly tummy of a jolly old man. ...


Botkier Eden Satchel | Retro Colorblocked Pink Cowhide Purse

Botkier Eden Satchel | Retro Colorblocked Pink Cowhide Purse

It's too bright to suit everyone, but I'm tickled pink by this Eden Satchel from Botkier.

I haven't always embraced the colorblocked trend, but I love the combination of bold pink cowhide and bright red lambskin. It's an unconventional color palette, and one which will probably divide fashionistas, ...


Bally Mylla Wallet | Studded Brown Calfskin Coin Purse

Bally Mylla Wallet | Studded Brown Calfskin Coin Purse

I must admit, it's been a while since a studded accessory turned my head. But Bally's managed to do it in style with this Mylla wallet.

The golden studs help make this simple wallet something special. Its shape is quite ordinary, and while the calfskin leather is lush ...


Badgley Mischka Jill Tote | Woven Leather Accented Handbag

Badgley Mischka Jill Tote | Woven Leather Accented Handbag

Elegant woven accents help to separate this Jill Tote from Badgley Mischka from the rest of the pack.

We've seen so many bags like this before, with their gleaming turn-lock closures and ladylike structured silhouettes. I like them all, but they tend to get a bit ...


Anuschka Expandable Tote | Hand Painted Flower Patterned Leather Handbag

Anuschka Expandable Tote | Hand Painted Flower Patterned Leather Handbag

Anuschka has made a bag for the pack rats with this expandable tote.

This tote is packed with features, but its biggest draw card is its full length side zippers. When opened up they take the already sizable tote from large to enormous. This tote also has the ...


Abas Terry Mini Cross-Body | Python Embossed Italian Leather Purse

Abas Terry Mini Cross-Body | Python Embossed Italian Leather Purse

Abas helps us carry the essentials in style with this Terry mini cross-body bag.

Exotic embossing is so hard to get right but Abas nails it every time. The glossy python finish on the Terry is no exception. I'm particularly fond of the subtle mottling of this Grecian ...


Sherpani Ivy Shoulder Bag | Cute Orange Cotton Handbag

Sherpani Ivy Shoulder Bag | Cute Orange Cotton Handbag

Sherpani's created a purse of uncharacteristic style with the Ivy.

It's certainly not sophisticated, but the Ivy's playful design is much prettier than most of the label's creations. They don't all take my fancy; the neutral Canyon bag's a bit boring and the artsy graphic on ...


Hobo International Rachel Wallet | Vintage Red Leather Kiss-Lock Clasp Purse

Hobo International Rachel Wallet | Vintage Red Leather Kiss-Lock Clasp Purse

Hobo International takes us back to a time before credit and store loyalty cards with this Rachel wallet.

This purse wouldn't look out place on the set of Mad Men, with its traditional tri-fold design and brushed antique hardware. I particularly like this red leather version, ...


Big Buddha Dakota Tote | Embossed Brown Leather Handbag

Big Buddha Dakota Tote | Embossed Brown Leather Handbag

There are few accessories more reliable than a classic tote bag. Big Buddha dresses up this wardrobe staple with some reptilian embossing to create the Dakota.

Exotic embossing can make a handbag look much richer when it's done right, or much cheaper when it's not. Thankfully ...


Etienne Aigner Krista Satchel | Brown Python Embossed Frame Flap Handbag

Etienne Aigner Krista Satchel | Brown Python Embossed Frame Flap Handbag

Etienne Aigner, where have you been hiding? The usually pedestrian fashion label has created an uncharacteristically fashion forward satchel with the Krista.

If I didn't know better I'd swear this was the work of some high end European designer. Its honey colored snake embossed leather is ...


Brahmin Mia Mini Bag | Small Croc-Embossed Leather Purse

Brahmin Mia Mini Bag | Small Croc-Embossed Leather Purse

Brahmin gives us all the features we love in a tote bag in miniature form with this Mia Mini Bag.

Before you get up in arms about the material, the Mia's made of croc-embossed leather rather than authentic crocodile. I won't get into the ethics of killing cows ...


Guess Lelah Handbag | Large Top Handle Faux Fur Purse

Guess Lelah Handbag | Large Top Handle Faux Fur Purse

Guess lets its materials do all the talking with this Lelah handbag.

In many cases it's admirable to allow the fabrics to speak for themselves, but Guess' approach seems lazy here. The faux fur is nice enough with its plush finish, but Guess hasn't really done anything with ...


Cynthia Vincent Anderson Messenger Bag | Chic Snakeskin Embossed Leather Handbag

Cynthia Vincent Anderson Messenger Bag | Chic Snakeskin Embossed Leather Handbag

Messengers tend to be casual affairs designed for toting textbooks to class. But Cynthia Vincent has revealed the sophisticated potential of the style with this Anderson bag.

At its heart, this is the same casual flap-over design we've come to know and love. But ...


Fendi Chameleon Capra Duffel Bag | Sophisticated Colorblocked Leather Carry-All

Fendi Chameleon Capra Duffel Bag | Sophisticated Colorblocked Leather Carry-All

Fendi shows the other designers how colorblocking should be done with this Chameleon Capra duffel bag.

Colorblocking often looks gimmicky and overly trend conscious, but not here. Fendi has carefully chosen complementary earth tones, and made most of the bag that delicious olive-brown. The fawn and ...


Foley + Corinna Bridle Baguette | Casual Brown Pebbled Leather Shoulder Bag

Foley + Corinna Bridle Baguette | Casual Brown Pebbled Leather Shoulder Bag

Foley + Corinna gives the baguette a cool casual makeover with this Bridle bag.

Fendi popularized the style with its high-class small structured purses. This is a very different beast; the essence is still there but it's been reinterpreted with a more relaxed touch. ...


BelArno Tri-Zip Clutch | Convertible Purple Leather Wristlet

BelArno Tri-Zip Clutch | Convertible Purple Leather Wristlet

BelArno's created a fun and functional purse with this Tri-Zip Clutch.

Its simple design is livened up by bright stripes of color. We're taken from a pale violet to a deep eggplant shade with this purple clutch, but it's just one of five options. That includes a solid ...


Melie Bianco Sydney Satchel | Woven Mustard Yellow Synthetic Handbag

Melie Bianco Sydney Satchel | Woven Mustard Yellow Synthetic Handbag

The always affordable Melie Bianco serves up an alternative to high class woven satchels with this Sydney bag.

The Sydney obviously takes its cues from Bottega Veneta and other high end designer labels, although its weave is much wider than the ones these fashion houses employ. ...


Sherpani Mia Shoulder Bag | Affordable Khaki Nylon Handbag

Sherpani Mia Shoulder Bag | Affordable Khaki Nylon Handbag

Sherpani puts functionality ahead of fashion with this Mia shoulder bag.

It's not that this messenger-style shoulder bag is ugly, but it doesn't have all those things that make us turn green with accessory envy. It's not made from an exotic skin, or even a soft, ...


Lucky Brand Ojai Cross-Body Bag | Bohemian Ivory Crocheted Purse

Lucky Brand Ojai Cross-Body Bag | Bohemian Ivory Crocheted Purse

Lucky Brand revisits its bohemian roots with this Ojai cross-body bag.

This purse feels like it's stepped right out of the late 60s with its natural ivory toned crochet finish and relaxed tan leather accents. It's not very luxurious, but it's just the thing ...


Helen Riegle Honesty Saddle Bag | Layered Green Recycled Microsuede Handbag

Helen Riegle Honesty Saddle Bag | Layered Green Recycled Microsuede Handbag

Being green is about more than color with this Honesty Saddle Bag from Helen Riegle.

It's called the Honesty because its layers were inspired by the large leaves of the Honesty plant, or the Silver Dollar as it's often called. It makes sense for this handbag ...


Big Buddha Uptown Satchel | Classic Quilted Black Vegan Leather Handbag

Big Buddha Uptown Satchel | Classic Quilted Black Vegan Leather Handbag

Big Buddha's encouraging high class women to consider animal-free leather with this Uptown Satchel.

Big Buddha tends to favor synthetics rather than real leather, but it's rare to find them as lovely as this one. While it's a bit thin the leatherette is very soft. It ...


Patricia Nash Praga Cross-Body Bag | Classic Burnished Burgundy Leather Flap Purse

Patricia Nash Praga Cross-Body Bag | Classic Burnished Burgundy Leather Flap Purse

Patricia Nash gives classic style a modern makeover with this elegant Praga cross-body bag.

In many ways this is like so many cross-body bags, with its traditional flap-over design and ladylike structure. But it's the more unusual elements that turned my head.

The burnished burgundy ...


Lucky Brand La Brea Tote | Brown Leather Patchwork Handbag

Lucky Brand La Brea Tote | Brown Leather Patchwork Handbag

Lucky Brand brings back patchwork with this fun La Brea Tote.

Mustard and burgundy swatches are laid over the tote's brown leather body to create a modern Art Deco design. Perhaps it's the writer in me, but I can't help thinking of apostrophes and ...


Cleobella Wenona Clutch | Pleated Aqua Leather Feather Purse

Cleobella Wenona Clutch | Pleated Aqua Leather Feather Purse

Cleobella's accessories haven't always hit the mark for me. They often seem so concerned with being fashion forward that they are destined to date quickly. But by taking a more unusual, pared back approach, Cleobella's ensured its Wenona clutch is a keeper.

Its vibrant aqua color gives the ...


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