Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Leather drawstring bag for Annie

My friend Annie is back with a new request for shopping help. This time, she wants "A drawstring leather handbag that is cross body and no more than $375" without logos or too much hardware.

Let's go shopping!

The first thing that I would say here is that I think when Annie says "drawstring" she really means "bucket bag" since those typically have drawstring closures. That term definitely gets more search results.

Second, Annie didn't specify color, but since she is allergic to that word (moreso than to mosquitos?), I am going to assume she wants black, brown, or gray. Something cheerful, you know?

Here are some options:

$225 Cynthia Rowley bucket bag
This one is 7" wide, 10.25" tall, with a 48" shoulder strap and drawstring cinch closure. That is on the small end of sizes but a good size for a purse if you aren't trying to shove your whole life into it.
It comes in black and brown but the brown seems to be out of stock now.

$199 Status Anxiety Distant Lover bucket bag
About the same size, this bag is 10x11" and is made of pebbled leather (good for not showing scratches) with nickel hardware.

$140 Baggu Leather bucket bag
This is the quintessential bucket bag without any markings or logos, as far as I am concerned. It is 6x9"
The natural color pictured can be found at Needsupply
A caramel version can be found at Urban Outfitters
A black version can be found at

$198 Free People Tajos Shredded suede bucket bag
This is kind of fringed and cut along the body of the bag. It is larger than the previous bags at 12x14"
It also come in gold but bleucccchh.

$81 Vintage Coach leather bucket bag
Ebay has a bunch of these leather bucket bags available now, and they are 8x10.5" It has two outside pockets that I like.

$108 Vintage black leather bucket bag with brass decoration
I like this one but I think it might be too "flashy" for Annie because of the baubles, we'll see. 13x13"

I bet Annie will like the Cynthia Rowley or the Baggu bags the best.

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