Is it really almost April? You could have fooled me. There was a time earlier this month when it felt like spring was a foregone conclusion and the last gasp of winter chill had passed, but that feeling was wrong. Much of the East Coast has been unseasonably cold for the past few days, and the reality of the weather just doesn’t match with the bright, optimistic colors contained in the packages of spring clothing that have been arriving at my doorstep for the past week. Surely this cold snap will pass, and when it does, I want to be ready with a bag like the Felix Rey Sardinia Basket Tote.

I’ve mentioned my personal rule that prevents me from buying a straw bag that costs more than $200 before, but this bag comes so close to the cutoff line that I think I’ll give it a pass. Unless, of course, you guys want to be so kind as to help me hunt down a less expensive version with the same kind of tight, nubby weaving.

I think my main attraction to this bag is that it reminds me quite a bit of last spring’s Bottega Veneta straw-look leather totes that I loved so much, but obviously this bag is actual straw instead of very cleverly treated leather. I’d take the leather version any day, but in a pinch, straw will do. Buy through ShopBop for $220.

  • Lulugurl

    Not a fan, just looks to picnic baseket-y for $220….IMO….

    On the other hand, I might like it better if it came with coloured handles….something fun and beachy

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      I think that’s a really good suggestion, actually. Yellow, pink…any color like that would be a great addition to the bag.

      • Lulugurl

        Thanks! I was thinking of that nice bright cobalt blue…that would be really pretty!!! But pink and yellow would be amazing too!!!!

  • rose60610

    Cute, but I’m not a straw buyer.

  • 19yearslater

    This one is too much like a picnic basket and not enough like a purse. Cute, but I’ll pass.

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  • Mochababe73

    I am not a straw handbag person. I tried, but I couldn’t even bring myself to buy one from Target for $19.99. Just felt like a waste of money.

  • Cathy Fitz

    Not a fan of straw bags. However, this does have a lovely weave. So if you want a straw bag, then this is the way to go.