I’ve bought a lot of handbags in my life, both new and used, but I’ve never bought any new Louis Vuitton. Why? Because I like the way that the vachetta leather accents look after they’ve aged a bit and turned a beautiful honey brown color. I think that that color has so much character after it’s been used and worn, and the aging process means that every bag is unique to its owner. As a result, the previously owned bags seem to have so much more character for me, and the new ones don’t really hold my interest.

J. Crew Campo Bag

And I’m glad to see someone else embracing the idea that an aged bag is a beautiful bag. The J.Crew Campo Bag is made of naturally colored oiled leather that is intended to change color and depth as the bag is used. No two bags will look alike because all of the owners will carry them differently, and after a while, this honey brown will deepen into an even more beautiful color. According to J.Crew, the material also has another advantage – small scratches can be easily buffed out with a soft cloth, ensuring that the bag will age gracefully. Buy through J. Crew for $298.

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  • Mandy

    Ooh, I love how this kind of leather ages. This bag may be in my future. Great price too. I have had good experiences with J Crew bags.

  • Loquita

    Like it! I have never owned a JCrew bag, but really like the concept behind this one. And the price point is excellent.

  • Dacs

    Ahhh I love the shape!

  • Baisbags

    I’ve been looking at this bag on-line, but have not seen it in person. Love the leather and Burnt Sienna color especially. I’m concerned about the large size, however. Does anyone know of other vachetta leather bags in a smaller size?

  • Jess

    I received this bag for Christmas as a gift and almost returned it b/c I was not accustomed to a large, stiff bag. I am so glad I decided to give it a shot! The compartments on/in this bag are fantastic and make it really easy to organize and grab things while walking. The bag has softened up considerably in the month that I have been using it and is now very comfortable to carry. The leather does scratch easily, but I think it just adds character to the bag. I think this will make a great everyday bag and I will be carrying it for a very long time.

    • Reenie

      Can you tell me if this bag can comfortably fit over your shoulder or can you just carry on your arm with the straps. Does it come with a shoulder strap. I love the bag but I really need it to go over my shoulder so that my hands are free. Thanks.

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