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When Cleobella handbags come up, I brace myself for something very hippie-esque. So, today, I was a bit surprised when I came across a recent Cleobella design.

To be honest, at first glance, I thought this bag had some kind of metallic element going on. Upon further investigation, I realized that while there is some kind of weaving going on, there is absolutely no metallic involved. Perhaps I glanced at the bag too quickly or perhaps I have metallic on the brain, so I am not exactly sure why I thought I saw metallic. Either way, there is something about this bag that screams out, “carry me”. (more…)

The thing that irritates me the most is when a bag manages to do one thing wrong that ruins the whole design for me. As they say in sports, sometimes a bag manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Cleobella almost had a bag that was full of win on their hands here, but sadly, patchwork leather makes the Cleobella Brixton Rock Bag a loser in my book.

I was trying to think of what exactly the piecing effect reminds me of, and then it hit me – nasty, faux patchwork leather bomber jackets, often sold at Wal-Mart. And then I remember this Alexander Wang bomber jacket bag debacle, and I’m wondering where all of this ironic tackiness is going to end. (more…)

I think it is fair to say that one of the on going debates around here involves fringe. While some of you love it, others can’t stand it and still others (like myself) go back and forth. Some handbags seem even better with a hint of fringe and then others look like it had been thrown threw the shredder. A little while back Amanda wrote about the Cleobella Alvie Fringe Tote and when it came to that bag, the “fringe” was horribly executed.

Cleobella Alvie Fringe Clutch

Today, I came across another Cleobella handbag and I instantly braced myself. There is a chance, a small chance that the Cleobella Alvie Fringe Clutch might actually work. No, it’s not perfect, and no it wouldn’t be my go-to fringe clutch, but it is worth a glance or two. Clearly the same technique was used to construct the fringe on the tote and the clutch, but I think it looks noticeably better on the clutch. In fact, I can actually embrace the ruggedness of the clutch and can imagine a few instances in where this clutch could be put to good use. While I am not 100% sold, I still think it is leaps and bounds better than the tote. Don’t you agree? Buy through Shop Bop for $220.

I said a lot of not-so-nice things about Cleobella when I first started reviewing the brand’s bags last year (and believe me, the things I thought and then decided to keep to myself were even less nice), but somewhere along the way, the brand managed to makes little tweaks here and there to its boho aesthetic and turn itself into a brand that I almost always like. Cleobella might not cater to my personal style, but bags like the Cleobella Tristyn Tote will certainly look great on someone.

And really, I think we all know who that person is. She’s the urban girl who has wholeheartedly embraced the luxe-boho look. She’s the girl who Gretchen from the most recent season of Project Runway really, really wants to channel. She has long, loose, wavy hair and somehow, it always looks perfect, even though you suspect that she didn’t actually do anything to it that morning. This bag is for that girl. (more…)

Cleobella Ikat ToteThe Cleobella Ikat Tote has been on ShopBop for a little while, and it was recently restocked after selling out its first stock. And that’s what really got me thinking about it – I had dismissed it before, but if so many people had embraced it, then I figured there must be something to it.

And as it turns out, all of those people were right and my first impression of it was wrong. Ikat, which is dying method traditional in Central Asia, has turned up as more and more of a trend in bags and clothes recently and it appears to be gathering momentum and popularity rather than waning. When done poorly, it can look a bit “granola,” but Cleobella’s bag works because they limited the design to neutral blues and greys and trimmed the bag in sophisticated-looking navy blue leather. The color choice helps mitigate the sometimes-overpowering ikat and make the tote both trendy and sophisticated. It’s a little hippie, but not too grungy to be stylish. Buy through ShopBop for $330.

Just yesterday, I wondered if maybe a sequin-covered Alice + Olivia hobo was a little too much shine for any one person to pull off. As it turns out, the problem wasn’t the number of sequins – it was the details of the design. Or, more accurately, that it had none.

When I saw the Cleobella Sophia Hobo today, the shortcomings of the Alice + Olivia bag became clear. A whole mess of sequins is perfectly fine, just as long as they’re applied artfully and intelligently. Unfortunately, Alice + Olivia merely covered their entire bag. The order and intricacy of those scallop-patterned Cleobella hobo are what make it appealing, even in the face of a metric ton of paillettes. (more…)

Cleobella Alive Fringe BagWhat we have here, PurseBlogger, is a failure to communicate. Why? Because someone obviously lied to the folks at Cleobella about what the word “fringe” means. We’re going to hope that English isn’t their first language and that there was an error in translation, but just so everyone knows, “fringe” does not mean giant, wide, misshapen swaths of leather. And in Britain, it means “bangs,” but that’s neither here nor there.

Because there’s no fringe in sight on the Cleobella Alive Fringe Tote, but what IS in sight is utterly appalling. I’m not kidding. Seriously, this is one ugly bag, and it may be the ugliest bag I’ve ever reviewed. It’s that bad. It’s sloppy and floppy and flesh-colored in a way that makes it look like it’s a skin bag that Hannibal Lecter fashioned out of the hides of his victims. And who wants a bag made out of people? That’s just creepy, folks. Buy through Shop Bop for $528.

In a glutted contemporary bag market, a black leather hobo with a circa-$500 price tag can be a tough sell if it comes from anyone but your absolute favorite brand. Most women likely have a bag with a similar description in their closets already, and those who don’t probably have a favorite brand from whom they’re predisposed to buy. So what’s an upstart to do?

If you’re Cleobella, you load up the bag with personality-rich details like those that grace the Cleobella Kaya Boho Bag. Doing so may alienate part of the market, but making a basic bag with a clear point of view will be very tempting for those whose personal styles fit with the look – in this case, urban hippies with luxurious tastes. (more…)

I’m generally not much of a fan of Cleobella’s bags – they’re very haute-boho with sometimes not enough emphasis on the ‘haute,’ and that’s not my style. In the face of the fannypack abomination that we recently witnessed, however, I’ve come up with something of a fresh perspective on the brand and on the Cleobella Cantina Minibag in particular.

The fact that this bag is virtually the same price and color as the offensive Zambos + Siega fannypack from earlier this week makes it nearly impossible not to compare them, and this bag is the clear winner. It’s part of a few trends that actually manage not to dredge up the worst of 80s style, and for that, I give it a hearty thumbs up. (more…)

Cleobella is the answer for boho recessionistas looking for a trendy-but-broken-in bag, one that’s of a certain quality. Their prices are generally low, as far as designer bags are concerned, and the leather is always what I like to call “Williamsburg-worn.” That is, the leather has that worn look favored by alternative hipsters one often runs into in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

However, with its studs and fringe, this Cleobella Zula Bag veers much more towards the trendy than the alternative. But is that such a bad thing? It’s definitely difficult to consolidate two trends at once, especially ones so different, like these two. This bag gets it right, though. (more…)

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