Tiny handbags, damn it – this season is all about bold bags that are big enough to carry for a lifetime. And as someone whose closet is full of clutches, shoulder bags, and a number of other styles of compact handbags, I have very mixed feelings about the trend. But if there was ever a brand that could sway my loyalty to handbags, I knew it would be Cuyana – the luxury, ethical brand behind some of today’s finest fashion essentials.
Truth be told: I’ve had my eye on Cuyana’s chic tote offerings for a while now (thanks Meghan Markle for that!). So naturally, when I heard that Cuyana was planning a major overhaul of its stock of handbags and totes, my interest was immediately piqued. After all, it was the same brand loved (and religiously worn) by royals and celebrities, including Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie, among many others. Any collection revamp should rival some of the designer’s favorite cult styles, like the classic structured leather tote (now defunct), while staying true to Cuyana’s reputation for timeless elegance.
Luckily, I was lucky enough to take Cuyana’s new bag style, the Easy Tote, for a test drive before the product launch. I admit it: even as a fan of the brand, I wondered if the style could live up to the hype of the luxury designer’s other more basic bags. But so far, Cuyana’s new Easy Tote has managed to do the impossible – make even the most mini-bag loyalist, in myself, look like a tote. The bag (which is now available in the store today!) has been my biggest accessory companion over the past few weeks – and I have a feeling it will continue to be my favorite for a long time to come. fall too. Read on for my honest review of Cuyana’s new Easy Tote style.
What I like about Cuyana Easy Tote
Even upon first use, you can tell the tote is built to last – a theme that matches most of Cuyana’s product inventory. The bag is crafted from a lightweight grained Italian leather that’s designed to get softer with every use, making for a chic and comfortable style that’s a perfect accessory for the long haul.
The tote is also surprisingly light, so much so that Cuyana even marketed it as the “brand’s lightest bag.” As someone who has had the time to try the product, I can confirm that it truly lives up to the air hype. I’ve been known to carry a lot of stuff with me wherever I go – whether it’s the gym, the airport, the office and beyond, I always have plenty of my daily essentials in tow. As a result, I’ve always had to rely on bulky, heavy, and downright impractical bags to keep all my purses organized. But thanks to Cuyana’s Easy Tote, I get the space of a deep, bulky tote, all without any hassle or added weight. I suspect this is partly due to the tote’s minimal design (another bonus, IMO), which eschews cliched bag buffers like synthetic lining or bulky hardware.
More than anything, I love the timeless elegance of Cuyana’s Easy Tote. The relaxed style offers more of a spongy, breathable feel that’s simple, elegant, and most importantly, subtle. Trendy handbags and purses may be popular these days, but like most trends, it’s hard to predict whether they’ll remain relevant next season. With the Cuyana Easy Tote’s understated design, I have no doubt the bag will be a sophisticated and polished staple in my closet for years to come.
What is worth noting
The tote features a double-handbag design, which aims to create a more streamlined look, allowing users to easily switch between carrying the bag by hand or over the shoulder. I was initially concerned that the shorter shoulder straps would look bulky or even feel like it was choking on my arm when I chose to carry the bag over my shoulder. Luckily, the straps are flexible and can easily be pushed into the tote when needed, all without causing damage or kinks. While I was not immediately sold on the strap design, I’ve come to see the appeal – especially since it’s like having two bags in one.
Another thing to note are the minimal storage compartments. The tote features a single large wall hanging pocket inside, which is the perfect size to hold your phone, card holder, lipstick or any other valuables you might need close at hand. hand. Personally, I don’t mind that the bag only has one storage pocket – when it comes to bags, the simpler the design, the better! That being said, if you are someone who relies on more structure or organized spaces in your bag, this is definitely something to be aware of.
Who is the Cuyana Easy Tote for?
Some people mark the start of a new chapter in their lives with a new hairstyle or other grown-up investment. Others celebrate it by splurging on a new Cuyana handbag. Like so many other fans of the luxury brand, I prefer the latter – which is why I’d say this Cuyana tote is perfect for anyone looking for a timeless bag they can take anywhere and carry in any season. .
The deep style provides plenty of interior space capable of holding everything from a school satchel and work laptop to a reusable water bottle, wallet or card holder, travel beauty bag, a basic pair of sunglasses and much more (even all at once!).
Whether you’re a grad student looking for a chic bag for school, a working woman looking for a handy tote to carry to and from the office, or just someone hoping to add a more casual style to your wardrobe, the Easy Tote encompasses the ideal, go-anywhere bag that will help you feel polished and supported in any season.
Where is this Cuyana tote available?
The Cuyana Easy Tote is available now exclusively at Cuyana ($248).
- Cuyana’s new Easy Tote comes in two styles: a classic, horizontal Easy Tote and a Tall Easy Tote ($248).
- The Easy Tote comes in eight different colors, including cappuccino (my bag of choice), caramel, black, and stone. The style also comes in a handful of fresh, seasonal colorways that include daffodil yellow, indigo and ecru.
- This particular style is Leather Working Group (LWG) certified, which claims that the leather in the bag is tanned in an eco-friendly way.
Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Kyley Warren