The thing that irritates me the most is when a bag manages to do one thing wrong that ruins the whole design for me. As they say in sports, sometimes a bag manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Cleobella almost had a bag that was full of win on their hands here, but sadly, patchwork leather makes the Cleobella Brixton Rock Bag a loser in my book.

I was trying to think of what exactly the piecing effect reminds me of, and then it hit me – nasty, faux patchwork leather bomber jackets, often sold at Wal-Mart. And then I remember this Alexander Wang bomber jacket bag debacle, and I’m wondering where all of this ironic tackiness is going to end.

cleobella brixton rock bag

The patchworking isn’t that obvious in the pictures, which makes me think that maybe it’ll be okay after all, but this sort of texture is often something that is much more obvious in person. So that’s the assumption upon which I’m functioning, and I hope I’m wrong, but I bet I’m not. Cleobella has a propensity to make neo-hippie crap, as I like to refer to it, and that makes me unable to give them the benefit of the doubt. If made in regular soft black leather, this bag would be beautiful and well-edited. As it is, it just makes me nervous. Buy through ShopBop for $528.

P.S. Please consider supporting our small, bag-loving team by clicking our links before shopping or checking out at your favorite online retailers like Amazon, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, or any of the listed partners on our shop page. We truly appreciate your support!

Share Your Thoughts With Us

Now Trending

Featured Articles

Introducing...
Introducing the Louis Vuitton Mini Dauphine Bag
Get the details on this sleek little mini bag
Introducing...
Introducing Marni’s Spring 2019 Bags
We fell in love and you will too
Real Talk
Real Talk: Stop Putting Your Bag on the Floor
A bag hook is the perfect solution to this first-world problem…
Join 135,000+ enthusiasts and sign up for our newsletter