10 years ago, laid-back California cool style was the look, and every popular show, from Gossip Girl to the OC, and celeb, including Angelina Jolie, was spotted with this style of bag on their arm. It was then that I was first introduced to Hammitt, the leather goods brand from Los Angeles with a penchant for combining the casual vibe of an everyday wearable bag with luxe leather details. I was drawn to these bags and style: easy to throw on and use while remaining practical and stylish. Hammitt continues to bring the same coveted designs today, and with an active following, quality product, and everyday wearable aesthetic, it’s a brand you want to check out.
I often change my bags, and when I want something light, functional, and matches my typical casual vibe, I turn to designs like these. Do you need an everyday bag with a little rocker edge with stud detailing? Hammitt has it. If you prefer a small but mighty crossbody that holds more than you’d imagine, Hammitt has that too. We spent a day around NYC with some of my favorite designs from Hammitt, ranging from the everyday carry to your weekend warrior that works for a day exploring.
Hammitt Bryant Medium
While I really like the style of the Bryant, it’s the color that first lured me in. The limited-edition Saddle color is paired with the gunmetal hardware and combines to make a great fall everyday bag. I talk a lot about a bag being the right size, and I am constantly finding myself with bags too small or too large – for some reason nailing that in-between size proves hard for brands. But the Hammitt Bryant is the right size as it fits your sunglasses, wallet, phone, pouches, water, and other necessities while not having so much space that you are simply digging for items inside.
The distressed brown-hued leather has a smooth finish but still looks loved in that just right way. You’ll find a red logo twill lining on the inside, which makes it easy to locate your items and keeps the bag’s weight down. For functionality, there is an exterior back phone drop pocket that sits nicely flush along the back and an interior credit card slot and zip pocket. The shoulder strap is adjustable, removable and you are offered crossbody straps as well. For its color, style, and overall ease of carrying, this bag might be my favorite of the bunch. Dimensions are 9″ x 5″ x 9.25″.
Hammitt VIP Medium
The VIP is Hammitt’s all-time best-seller, and it becomes evident why once you see the bag. This is a workhorse without being your average oversized bag. Instead, it’s compact but fits plenty and allows you to be hands-free, which is a must. There are ample options, including this grey natural nubuck leather that is soft and durable with brushed gold hardware. There’s also this cool dust blue hue, which really adds a nice color to your wardrobe.
The slender pouch-style bag is lined in red embossed suede and features a credit card slot inside and two interior drop pockets. The outside has a cell phone pocket, and the fold-top flap suits the design really nicely. I am fond of the exterior zip pocket which sits on the top flap – it’s perfect for stashing sunnies and keeping them from scratching when you place them inside. Of course, the shoulder strap is removable and adjustable, allowing different ways to carry and style this bag. I prefer it over my shoulder, and if you pack wisely, you can make this bag a daily carry. Dimensions are 10.5″ x 2″ x 8″ with a 24″-12.5″ strap drop.
If you plan for more days and nights out (or are looking for a gift for someone who will), the Hammitt Levy fits the bill. Hammitt prides itself on standing behind its products; in fact, it has a lifetime promise that you’ll want to take note of. The lifetime promise covers the signature red suede lining, hardware (including zippers, rivets, D-rings, and strap clasps), and really if your bag needs some TLC, the team will help. So not only are its bags highly usable, but they’re protected as well.
Back to the Levy. This bag can be a wallet, a clutch, or a crossbody bag. You can pack the bag that holds four credit card slots, two bill drop pockets, a clear ID slot, and (the selling point) a cell phone pocket. With young kids, I’ve become accustomed to carrying a lot, but I often realize I don’t need it, and for a night out, this little number puts the fun in functional.
Hammitt Daniel Medium
The Daniel is a design that is essentially Hammitt, a laid-back cool vibe that is playful yet fresh.
The style is classic with updated twists, like the rivet detailing. Like the other Hammitt bags, this bag is all about functionality – with a double zippered pocket, three interior drop pockets, and an exterior cell phone pocket. In addition to the double top handles, there is a removable and adjustable crossbody strap. That touch of rocker vibe shows in this bag, but you can easily play into that style more or simplify your outfit and let the bag do the talking. Dimensions are 14″L x 4″W x 9.5″H.
While the brand may not be a name that you know well, it has a loyal following. The bags feel inherently part of the California style that we know, and the quality of the bags furthers the brand love. Shop the entire line of Hammitt bags here.