Help! In search of a navy blue shopper/tote!

Dec 27, 2008
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Someone please, please help me. :girlsigh:

I have been looking all over for a navy (or dark jean colored) blue leather shoulder tote. I'd appreciate any assistance because I am actually going out of my mind. I am obsessed! It happens every year around this time. I have looked everywhere for the past few years with no luck. The handbag must be:

-Navy or dark denim colored leather. Would prefer no patent leather...If present, must only be at a minimum.
-Well made. (No explanation needed on this forum. LOL!)
-Zip closure or with a large center compartment that zips
-Easily worn over the shouder, even with a jacket.
-Medium sized (no bigger than 14 inches wide, 12 inches high...Ideal size would be about 13 inches wide and 9 - 12 inches high)
-Style must be classic enough to keep forever, but not boring.
-Must be under $600.00

If you find anything, please post a picture and/or link. Thanks!
 
Jun 25, 2008
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Hmmm...a the "classic" part might require more $$$. But since what's "classic" to one person might be trendy for another...well...here are some totes I've seen around.


Hayden-Harnett's Sonia in Blueberry

http://haydenharnett.com/index.cgi?...ttp://haydenharnett.com/index.cgi?action=tote


Kooba's Kellyn Tote

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3026440...-B9FA-DD11-80C2-001422107090&mr:referralID=NA


Coach's Penelope Large Shopper

http://www.coach.com/content/product.aspx?product_no=12550&category_id=1746
 
Jun 25, 2008
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^ OMG, I almost posted that one! I decided not to because I thought it would be too, IDK, casual to meet the classic look she's looking for. But, then again, it's a matter of opinion. The Faridah is very popular. I'm an MJ and MBMJ fan, but I'm not crazy about that line--the Faridah, Teri, Quinn, Mini Quinn. I was until I saw them in person. To me, they look way better in the photos. But that's just me.
 
Apr 23, 2006
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i love that one in navy - i'm actually thinking of getting the faridah hobo in light grey because i'd rather have a lighter color - you like them in person? it's so hard for me to pull the trigger on a bag LOL

i think that could definitely be a "classic" bag - not a great bag if you work in a very conservative environment, but for everything else...
 
Jun 25, 2008
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Nope, not in person. I liked them and was about to buy one or two of them until I had a chance to see them in person. For me--for me--this is one of those instances in which IRL did not live up to the photos. Still, loads of people love these bags. If you have a chance to see them IRL, it might help you feel more confident about your decision.
 
Dec 27, 2008
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Thanks so much for posting ladies!

karmenzsofia, isn't that crazy that I'd have to spend more money for something more classic? I'm noticing that whenever I see a bag that I love, it's usually a bit more than I want to spend on a handbag. The simpler the design, the pricier. I love the look of the Tod's Soft Restyled D-Bags:

Love this shape:
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/c...d%2527s%26_requestid%3D25507%26N%3D4294967189

Love this blue:
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/c...d%2527s%26_requestid%3D25507%26N%3D4294967189

The Tod's Besace Media bag (love this shape):
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/c...d%2527s%26_requestid%3D25507%26N%3D4294967189

To me, these have a classic shape, but they're not boring. I love these, but these all cost more than I want to spend.
 
Jun 25, 2008
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Thanks so much for posting ladies!

karmenzsofia, isn't that crazy that I'd have to spend more money for something more classic? I'm noticing that whenever I see a bag that I love, it's usually a bit more than I want to spend on a handbag. The simpler the design, the pricier. I love the look of the Tod's Soft Restyled D-Bags:

Love this shape:
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/c...d%2527s%26_requestid%3D25507%26N%3D4294967189

Love this blue:
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/c...d%2527s%26_requestid%3D25507%26N%3D4294967189

The Tod's Besace Media bag (love this shape):
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/c...d%2527s%26_requestid%3D25507%26N%3D4294967189

To me, these have a classic shape, but they're not boring. I love these, but these all cost more than I want to spend.

You're not going to believe this. When you said "tote" my first thought was Tod's! They're beautiful, functional, perfectly constructed, long lasting, and classy. But you said $600, and these sell for $1,600 to $2K, so I didn't even bring it up. I'm crazy about Tod's Restyled D-Bag Media tote. I want one in Lily (purplish) or Clay (taupeish). Oh, get one, get one, get one :nuts:
 
Dec 27, 2008
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You're not going to believe this. When perfectly constructed, long lasting, and classy. But you said $600, and these sell for $1,600 to $2K, so I didn't even bring it up. I'm crazy about Tod's Restyled D-Bag Media tote. I want one in Lily (purplish) or Clay (taupeish). Oh, get one, get one, get one :nuts:
I would love to have one, but for me, that is too much money to spend on a bag right now. I don't want my boss thinking that I don't need a raise.:lol:
 

hipnycmom

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Belen Echandia has a dark blue leather called Petrol, as well as a Navy sheen (very dark blue), and a Cobalt (a brighter blue) as well as several medium-sized styles like the Take Me Everywhere Midi and the Make Me Smile Midi. Price is a little over your budget (between $700-800 if I have my conversions right) but you may want to take a look. I think the perfect bag may be worth an extra $100, particularly if you've been searching a few years for it:smile:

www.belenechandia.com