Coffee Break – Croco East/West Collins

Dooney & Bourke – Croco East West Collins (Grass) – Bags and LuggageI have a number of Dooney & Bourke bags, and every time I pull one out to wear it impresses me — I love the way they keep their saturated color, and I love the quality of the leather and the little details, like the long key fob. Today I’m liking this bright green shoulder purse (also available in a more sedate navy, wheat, or mustard). I always think of this as being a classic shape, and almost the perfect shape for those of us in urban environments: worn over your shoulder, you can tuck the bag’s opening under your arm and make it nearly impenetrable to pickpockets; it’s also harder to snatch if you’re tucking it tightly with your upper arm.  It’s $338 at Zappos. Dooney & Bourke – Croco East/West Collins (Grass)


Coffee Break: Modernaire Leather Zip Hobo

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Modernaire Leather Zip HoboiconI recently had a chance to check out Ralph Lauren’s new handbag line, and I was impressed with the quality of the bags as well as the reasonable prices. Like this great hobo, the bags all have a slightly edgy look to them but with a timeless, classy appeal. This bag is $398 at Bloomingdale’s (available in both black and brown).  Lauren by Ralph Lauren Modernaire Leather Zip Hobo
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Coffee Break: Indo Tracolla Large Crossbody

Furla Handbags - Indo Tracolla Large Crossbody (Onyx) - Bags and LuggageZappos seems to have a ton of designer totes on 25-30% discount today, including this lovely crossbody tote, which strikes us as a very rich looking, and functional bag for toting work papers. It’s 17.25″ wide, 5″ deep, and 12.5″ high — love the dotted lining and the chain detail on the detachable shoulder strap. It’s $395 (was $529) at Zappos Couture.
Furla Handbags – Indo Tracolla Large Crossbody (Onyx) – Bags and Luggage

Coffee Break: Sun Kiss Hobo

Steve Madden Sun Kiss HoboWe like this simple blue hobo by Steven — it’s a great size to fit your latest paperback or a few papers from the office, as well as all your stuff.  It comes in black, red and blue (at Endless) and brown (at Piperlime), but we love that dark blue color, pictured — perfect for one of the many (many) khaki or white trench coats we’ve seen this season.  It’s $198 at Endless for the blue, black or red (and the brown is $228 at Piperlime). Steve Madden Sun Kiss Hobo


Coffee Break: Bean’s Heritage Tote

ll bean signature toteA reader tipped us off to this gorgeous leather tote, but it wasn’t until we saw Shopping’s My Cardio post that we realized:  this tote is just the start of things to come.  LL Bean is launching a new signature line, and this tote is among the first pieces available for sale. What can we say? We’ll be eagerly waiting to see the rest of the line — and in the meantime, drooling over the tote.  It’s $189 at LL Bean.  Bean’s Heritage Tote

2016 Update: While the heritage tote is sometimes still available through eBay, you can also find a similar tote here or here.

Coffee Break: Roselena Tote

Biasia Roselena ToteIf you’ve been on the hunt for a basic black leather tote bag, we think this bag nails it — big enough for most size docs, helpful zippers and pockets — and on sale.  Nice.  Was $398, now down to $290.  Francesco Biasia Roselena Tote (Note that Zappos has it in blue, also, albeit at a higher price.)