Monday, 17 March 2014

The Search For The Perfect Black Leather Tote

There's something about so chic, minimalist and pulled together about a black leather tote bag, also known as a shopper.  Usually rectangular or bucket shaped and made of soft buttery leather, it's unstructured shape is perfect for slinging all your belongings into and finishing off your look, whether for work, post work or weekend, without looking like you're hoarding a big bulky bag. I always seem to be attracted to black leather totes - on the street, in shops, on Pinterest, everywhere! 

Of course, this isn't an accessory that's on trend right now - it's a classic, wear forever piece, that will work anytime.  Lots of designers do these lovely leather totes, as do the high street. Try COS, & Other Stories, Jaeger and Zara. Personally I'm a fan of the ultra simple, no label black leather tote variety. The key things to look out for are: a good quality soft yet durable buttery leather; a good sized bag that will fit all your belongings and still look chic; thick, strong handles with a good amount of shoulder drop - properly fastened handles that will stay attached; and inner pockets.  The number of bags I have rejected because they just looked like a big black leather bucket with handles and no inner pockets! 





Black Leather Tote Inspiration - all photos from Pinterest

I happened to be in H&M this weekend and came across their new Premium Quality Collection - which features shoes, boots, accessories, bags and clothing in supposedly better quality fabrics and leathers.  Of course I was captivated by the black leather leather tote bag in the collection -  it's bucket shaped, made of a soft textured leather, has thick handles, features an inner pocket and extra outer pocket, plus has a lovely contrast gold lining.  Priced at £69.99, I thought - not a bad price, pricey but you have to pay for good quality! I decided to go for it - the search for the perfect black leather tote was over! The deal was sweetened further when I got 25% off by using the Glamour discount card - free with the April 2014 issue of Glamour (UK edition), currently on newsstands and also features a free Model Co beauty gift. 

H&M Premium Quality Leather Tote Bag, £69.99
H&M Premium Quality Leather Tote Bag - Gold Interior
Are you a fan of the classic perfect black leather tote bag?

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