When you look at this picture, what do you see? I know you probably see straw, but what else? In a larger sense? When I look at the Mad Imports Cloudberry Tote, I see mini shredded wheat cereal; even the name sounds like the name of a breakfast food. Every little puff looks like a little cereal glob, and it looks like they’ve all be strung together to make a handbag.
An ill-advised handbag at that. I’m all for straw totes, and I generally like the things that I’ve seen from Mad Imports quite a bit, but I am simply not okay with this. Not even in a kitschy, summer way. It’s just weird looking and I somehow doubt that even if you were to buy it that it would last very long. The puffy nature of the straw is just asking to collapse if the bag is stressed – smooshed under and airplane seat on the way to the beach, for example. And what good is a straw tote if you can’t beat it up and not worry about it? Unfortunately, this handbag isn’t particularly good in idea OR execution. Buy through Shop Bop for $88.