Cole Haan Phoebe Pleated Leather SatchelI’ve been kind of bored with Cole Haan bags for the past few seasons. Their designs are perfectly respectable – tailored, functional, and usually with lots of pockets. And, I mean, who doesn’t love pockets? I know I do. But something about them hasn’t had much of a zing in a little while, which is too bad, since they’re a great brand. They make somewhat affordable bags out of really thick, luxurious leathers that last a long time, and I’d buy them left and right if they were just a bit more fashionable. Well apparently, ask and ye shall receive: the Cole Haan Phoebe Pleated Leather Satchel.

I was taken (somewhat unwillingly; there might have been some whining like a 12-year-old on my part) into the Cole Haan boutique in Atlanta by my mom yesterday, and I’m glad I was. If she hadn’t made me, I would have never realized how lovely this collection, and this bag in particular, is in person. The leather is luxurious and smooshy, but the pleating and construction still allow it to mostly keep it’s shape. It comes in several sizes (from tiny to enormous) and a few colors, but my favorite was the medium in crisp, summer-ready white. The bag was light as a feather and had enough room for even the biggest packrat to load it down, but the straps were so thick and soft that it would take a ton of stuff to make it uncomfortable to carry. I was thoroughly impressed – I hope Cole Haan continues on the road that brought them to this bag. Buy through Saks for $498.

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  • sheedfan

    I just wanted to say that since you re-worked the website (it’s been awhile now), every time I check it I’m disappointed, mostly because I miss seeing posts by Amanda Mull, my favorite blogger on the site. Imagine my delight when I discovered today that she’s been hiding out in PBSavvy. While her blog posts here are as delightful and witty as ever I think you’re not going to attract new readers by hiding her under a bushel. She needs to be back out on the home page. People come to the site not just for the handbags but the way they’re introduced. We love a good story. And Amanda’s the perfect person to tell it.

  • Megs

    Amanda is now a full time writer on the site. So you will see more of here on PB Savvy, Purse Blog, and some new sites we have in the works!!!!!!

  • Amanda Mull

    That is really so, so sweet of you to say! I’m really glad you enjoy what I write, and like Megs said, I’m full time now so you’ll be seeing a lot more of me on both sites!

  • baglady6

    I’ve been a fan of Cole Haan bags & shoes for some time now and this new line, although different from some of their more structured bags, is very nice. As Amanda said, the leather is very soft and the handles are very comfortable. I’d buy this, but I’ve got my eye on a new Coach bag in bright yellow for Spring. :-)

  • Sale Best Ugg

    I guess maybe the extra money is worth it for some produce. Over the long haul, the little bit of extra money may not be such a waste.