Tote bag

Oct 19, 2015

Denim on denim leather jacket Emily Cho mini tote bag
I went for a pretty casual denim on denim outfit this past weekend, and needed something to add some punch. It was a perfect outfit for me to debut my new cross-body tote bag, from a designer that I discovered on Instagram, Emily Cho. I actually saw it first on a fellow NYC blogger that I follow, Linh Niller, and immediately fell in love with the structured design. (Oh, and make sure to follow me @snapsofmycloset!) I debated on it for a few days, and also asked them a lot of questions on Instagram. Luckily they were offering a 40% off code before I took the plunge! Unfortunately, it's sold out now, but it is available in other beautiful colors like this beige one.
Denim on denim leather jacket Emily Cho mini tote bag
Denim on denim leather jacket Emily Cho mini tote bag
Denim on denim leather jacket Emily Cho mini tote bag
Denim on denim leather jacket Emily Cho mini tote bag
Before I made the decision to buy, I made sure it ticked off the 3 things I look for in an investment piece, which I wrote about last time. This bag is definitely well constructed, as I was looking for a very structured leather tote bag that didn't lose its shape. It also had to be big enough to carry everyday essentials like my wallet, iPhone, keys, sunglasses, etc, but small enough for running around town and not too "fussy" to handle (like on a crowded subway train or checking out at the grocery store).
Denim on denim leather jacket Emily Cho mini tote bag
It also ticked off my second requirement, which is a unique and classic design. There are hundreds of cross-body tote bags out there, but I never saw one that really suited my tastes. I'm all about minimal design, and Emily Cho's designs are all void of logos and flashiness. It's focused on the functionality and leather construction, which is exactly what I was looking for. The cross-body strap is optional, and also adjustable, which is a nice bonus. I also love that the top of the bag features magnetic closures, so I don't have to fumble around with zippers. Basically, if I was a designer, this would be the type of bag I would try to make!
Denim on denim leather jacket Emily Cho mini tote bag
The last question I ask myself is always, "Am I going to wear this with things I already have?" And the answer was absolutely yes! This is the first outfit I wore it with, and I see it going with literally everything. I'm looking forward to pairing it with some of my favorite fall outfits - think gray skinny jeans, a cozy white sweater, black over-the-knee boots, and camel coat. Even looking ahead to next spring/summer, I see myself wearing it with flowy maxi dresses and black studded sandals (like I wore here). This mini tote is the epitome of versatility.
Denim on denim leather jacket Emily Cho mini tote bag
Bella Dahl shirt / J Brand jeans / Rag & Bone sneakers / Zara jacket (recently got this one in-store) / Emily Cho mini tote bag

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