Once you’ve formed an opinion about a brand or designer, it can be incredibly hard to shake. To me, Dooney & Bourke will always bring about mental images of sickeningly sweet pink bags that some of my high school classmates carried; that was my first impression, and first impressions have a reputation of importance for a reason.

As a result, every time I see something like the Dooney & Bourke Grommet Drawstring Shopper, I’m a bit taken aback. Not only is this bag attractive and functional, but it’s reasonably priced and totally appropriate for a grown woman. And the leather? The leather looks amazing. Why can’t brands that make more expensive bags use leather that looks this nice?

And I mean that as a serious question: Why can’t they? The even tone and pebbled texture of this leather is beautiful, and it would be just as beautiful if other brands chose to employ it instead of the thin, waxy materials that many of them choose. I’m not going to name any names here, but you know who I’m talking about, and they could learn a few things from this bag. Buy through Nordstrom for $465.

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