Cole Haan Prudence Hobo | Woven North/South Style Handbag with Tassel

Posted on: Mar 26

Cole Haan puts a stylish spin on the traditional hobo with the Prudence bag.

In a world of tightly woven purses, the much larger weave of the Prudence really stands out. It might not follow the trends, but that's exactly why I like it. The north/south orientation of the hobo and the woven finish gives the Prudence more structure than the typical hobo. This too works in the bag's favor, giving it a more luxurious feel than its boho counterparts.

That makes the tassel accent a curious choice. Tassels are typical of bohemian styled fashion, but that doesn't seem to have been the look Cole Haan was aiming for here. It clutters the purse's exterior, stealing our attention away from the wicker finished Italian leather. At least in a complementary shade it's a little easier to ignore.

It's not the largest hobo around with its sophisticated slender profile, but it does hold a surprising amount. Pockets in both side walls can take care of your cell phone, PDA, and other valuables, leaving the rest of the jacquard lined interior for your other daily essentials.

At $428 the Prudence is a little expensive, but I think it'd be a great investment piece. The style's got a few twists, but it's elegant enough to wear for several seasons.

More Features of This Cole Haan Woven Tote

  • Custom pale gold-toned hardware
  • Zip top closure
  • A single shoulder strap with a 7.5 inch drop
  • Measures 12 x 14 x 3.5 inches
  • Made in China
  • Available in black, zinfandel, and dark gull gray

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