Do you have that one bag or pair of shoes that you just can’t live without? I do. Mine is the Cuyana tote (my color is currently on a waitlist) that I’ve been carrying pretty much every day for the last year and a half. I feel very strongly about this bag so here I am dedicating an entire (non-sponsored) blog post to her. We’ve been literally attached at the hip for a while now so it’s about time!
Cuyana as a whole is one of my favorite brands for leather goods for many reasons, but mostly for the message they’re spreading with their tagline: fewer, better things. They embody this tagline with everything they do, including a partnership with thredUp to expand their “Lean Closet” program. The program encourages consumers to pare down their closet to fewer, better pieces that will last for years.
If you watch the video on their website, you can see one of the founders talk about how trends come and go quickly and we often buy things because it’s a good deal which ends up with people accumulating a bunch of things they don’t really want. Cuyana is dedicated to creating high-quality non-trendy pieces that will last a lifetime. I can personally attest to the quality. I have the tote from this post, a larger tote that I used for years before I switched to this one (I like the crossbody feature which was my main reason for the switch), a wallet, and this silk tee. It all has all stood up to time.
The leather is in great shape, the handles haven’t started to fall apart, and the structure still holds. The only issue I’ve had with it was when I first bought it one of the clasps on the strap was broken but I emailed customer service and they replaced it for free.
I have other totes and try to use them but always come back to this one because it is perfect. It’s a perfect size, it has the perfect side-pocket, and it has a cross-body strap which is key for ease when I’m with Amalia. The only downside to it is that it can’t fit my laptop so if I’m working out of the house, I have to bring that in a separate bag. That said, their Medium Carryall Tote (fully in-stock) fits it perfectly so I’m going to ask for that as a Christmas gift this year.
I wear this bag to grocery shop, run errands, go out with friends, and everything in between. There is something so classic and easy about it that I can pair it with pretty much anything in my closet. It’s only available in black right now, but you can put your email on the waitlist for my color, or the larger size is stocked in all colors.
After scrolling through the Cuyana site for this post, I realized that they have tote organization inserts and this size fits the medium tote… That officially sold me on it. There are pockets for everything including your water bottle and laptop. Oh man I might not be able to wait until Christmas!
Photos by Julia Dags.