I’m generally not much of a fan of Cleobella’s bags – they’re very haute-boho with sometimes not enough emphasis on the ‘haute,’ and that’s not my style. In the face of the fannypack abomination that we recently witnessed, however, I’ve come up with something of a fresh perspective on the brand and on the Cleobella Cantina Minibag in particular.

The fact that this bag is virtually the same price and color as the offensive Zambos + Siega fannypack from earlier this week makes it nearly impossible not to compare them, and this bag is the clear winner. It’s part of a few trends that actually manage not to dredge up the worst of 80s style, and for that, I give it a hearty thumbs up.

Really, this bag is kind of adorable. It has trendy perforations, but they’re actually used as a design element instead of being inflicted over every surface of the bag (which is real leather, not the fakey stuff from the fanny pack, I might add). It’s a mini crossbody, which is certainly a recent fad, but it’s a fad that a lot of people find useful – not only are minibags generally less expensive, but they free up your hands. Also, at just $99, it’s within almost any fashion lover’s budget. I only wish it came in more colors. Buy through ShopBop for $99.

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