The 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.