Sometimes I think it might be harder to skillfully design a simple, minimalist bag than it would be to design something over the top and with lots of elements. When you have less to work with, the need to perfect every detail becomes magnified, as do any potential missteps that the designer may make.

Cole Haan Raleigh Small Triangle Tote

Which is why I find the Cole Haan Raleigh Small Triangle Tote particularly impressive. There is little in the way unnecessary distraction in this bag’s design, but it’s nothing if not chic and well-realized. The lines are clean, from the construction of the gussets to the handles, and the bag’s rugged, pebbled leather provides just enough visual interest to keep the bag from being boring. The minimalist theme continues on the bag’s interior, where instead of a traditional cloth lining we see the blue leather’s soft suede underside and a few electronics pockets. If you’re looking for a simple, stylish bag, you can’t do much better than this. Buy through Saks for $348.

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  • Mandy

    Wow, this is absolutely stunning! The color and small details make this bag one of the prettiest I’ve seen lately. I have had a few of the CH bags with those braided straps, and they are both stylish and comfortable on the shoulder. I love bags with the natural leather or suede interior. That gets me everytime. And thank you Cole Haan for putting (what appears to be) silver hardware with a blue bag! I am so tired of seeing gold hardware on bags when silver would be a better match. Sorry, it’s my big pet peeve :-). Love it!

  • Samia

    The color is amazing!

  • LA

    Drop dead color. This CH bag that screams buy me.

  • Salmonella

    Love that color! I see that they have the same color flats to go with the bag.