Lately my blog has become all things Everlane all the time, so I'm working on getting some variety here. Today's review is for Cuyana's Crossbody Pouch in Stone. If you're looking for a high-quality minimal crossbody without spending a lot of money then this bag might be for you. This bag reminds me of Celine's trio bag, but of course this is just a single. I had the Celine trio before and I loved the chic simplicity but at the same time it was hard to swallow the over $1050 price tag. In the end I sold my trio because the leather was fairly delicate, it didn't suit my needs, and I felt like I could have spent that $1000 more wisely somewhere else.
But anyway, onto the review! The pros:
- This beautiful bag is made from high quality Italian leather but in the U.S. Yay for supporting local American manufacturing. And just like Cuyana's mini saddle bag and their Classic Leather Tote, the leather is soft and smells wonderful. Also the pebbled leather seems a lot more durable than the Celine leather, and is probably less likely to scratch.
- The size of the crossbody is fairly decent, measuring 7"H x 9.25"W x .25"D. I was able to fit my sunglass pouch, wallet, phone and keys with a little bit of room to spare.
-The strap is adjustable as well as removable. So you could use it as a pouch within a bag or a clutch, and then convert it to a crossbody when you want a minimal handsfree purse.
-For $110, this beautifully well-made purse is a pretty good price (even a Madewell leather purse, made in China goes for $138).
And then there are the cons:
- That 0.25" depth is kind of a deal breaker for me. Even if I could over-load it with a lot of things due to the decent height and width, I don't like the look of a bulging purse. And if you don't put relatively flat things or have a couple bulky items in your purse, then the crossbody starts looking lumpy. So this bag is definitely for people who just carry the essentials with them (or it would be a great simple going out purse).
- No lining on the inside. Again, it's not a big deal but I just like to have some kind of lining on the inside.
-The strap ends up being a little too long for me. If I were to keep the purse, I would just pierce another hole in the strap to shorten it. (The strap is at the shortest in the pics below, and though the length is alright, I just prefer if the bag hit a little higher up the hips).
In the end, I returned the purse since I already have too many going out purses and really don't need another one. Currently Cuyana is out of their Crossbody Pouches in all colors except mint, but if you sign up for email notification they will email you when they get more in stock. As usual this post is not sponsored and if you're interested in other products from this brand, check out all my Cuyana reviews here.