Above all else, it’s important for what a designer adds to a material to bring out that material’s natural beauty, not detract from it. Handbags are a celebration of what they’re made with – soft leather, tough hardware, polished exotics – and if a designer ruins a material because he or she just can’t leave well-enough alone, then in my mind, they’ve committed one of the cardinal sins of handbags.

Which is exactly what happened with the Cole Haan Sloane Woven Suede Tote.

Cole Haan Sloan Woven Suede Tote

Cole Haan calls this bag woven, but that doesn’t appear to actually be the truth. Instead, it looks patchwork, and kind of hastily so. I know that the edges are rough on purpose, but it doesn’t work for me. It looks old and rather inexpensive.

The distractingly wavy pattern and the unfinished materials detract from the beauty of the bag overall. Instead of looking rich and winter-y in chocolate suede and brown leather, it looks vintage (in a bad way) and previously worn. The embellishments are not done in a high-end way, and I can’t help but think that it ruins the bag. Buy through Saks for $398.

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  • ottercat

    oh the horror

  • Beth

    Definitely looks cheap. There are better ways of spending $400.

  • jaime

    Ya that’s def a miss… (saw your link on your twitter).

    Sad, because CH normally has lovely bags.

  • Jane

    I think what distracts me most about the bag are the handles. They don’t go with the bag at all. A big NO.

  • Heidi

    I love it. I think it has a great retro/vintage appeal, and personally think it will be great with jeans and cute fall sweaters. I agree there really is nothing “woven” about it…they probably could have given a better description, but still…I’m liking it.

  • Jill

    I LOVE it. It’s cute and fun.. all of the sloane bags are fantastic

  • sevilla

    A color like Cole Haan’s “maize” would show off the contrast between tucks and gathers in this bag really well. I agree it would be a great choice with jeans, etc. I have been SO impressed with Cole Haan suede – it wears incredibly well, its thick and doesn’t get worn down or shiny, and it is always gathered just right. I have a suede Denney bag in maize and LOVE IT! I wonder if this bag ever came in maize…?