Every time I start to look forward to spring, I start thinking about straw bags and whether or not this year will be the year I buy one. Since past actions are the best way to predict future behavior, I probably won’t, but you never know. I like the idea of high-end straw bags, particularly from brands that realize they shouldn’t be priced similarly to all-leather bags, and every now and then, I find a specific design that tickles my fancy.

The Kooba Rose Straw & Leather Tote is one such design, and my admiration for it mostly stems from the fact that it’s not particularly traditional. Sure, it’s straw, but it’s not obsessed with the fact that it’s straw. The color isn’t one of the super natural or beachy-bright tones that woven bags usually sport, and it’s got enough leather to justify a bit of a price tag.

It’s rare to find a straw bag that could also be used as an everyday bag, but that’s the best way to describe what we see above. It’s summery, but not so self-consciously summery that you’d look like a moron carrying it indoors and away from any sizable water source. Who knows, it might even motivate me to break my streak of no straw bags. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $295.

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  • Linda

    I actually think this is very pretty! (ipad)

  • Marianna

    I like everything about this tote. It’s definitely not a “beach bag”! Good job, Kooba! (ipad)

  • 19yearslater

    I don’t like straw bags, the one I’ve had was from Pennys, I think. I can’t justify buying a designer straw bag and I wouldn’t really want to even if I had a money tree. (ipad)

  • helen

    Purple or gray – my eyes are unsure. Interesting color. (ipad)

    • james

      it’s grey straw and leather trim but the grey trim definitely has a bluish cast to it.

  • Louise

    I don’t normally like straw bags but this looks really pretty and it’s not the traditional kind. (ipad)

  • Sheila

    Wow, that is gorgeous! (ipad)

  • james

    It’s a great bag, I bought it for my store too! I think it is one of a few that marks a comeback for Kooba!

  • james

    (ipad) lol

  • Vitta

    Come to Mama! Finally, the purple/gray combo I would carry almost all year around! Distressed leather and tightly woven straw – different and beautiful. Isn’t it the same soft shade of purple as the border of this page? Very nice bag – unique, yet classy. Perfect size and great price. Love it and will buy it right away! (ipad)

  • Stylista

    I really like the mix of straw an leather, but this one cannot compare to the bags that Kate Spade did. Her mix was so fresh…this bag looks a bit fatigued.


  • Mochababe73

    I don’t like seasonal bags. This one is nice, but I am hoping that it will come in a leather version.

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    The color is unusual and I overall like the mix of straw and leather. Would like to be able to see and touch this bag at the store. (ipad)

  • jesse

    this is my fav color …liked this collection

  • spanish moss

    hmm, i’m very on the fence about this bag. (ipad)

  • Tonya

    I like this bag but would love it in other colors esp. spring colors…but this color is divine (ipad)

  • Joyce

    I agree, straw is not my favorite material, but this is the best straw bag I’ve seen yet, good find (ipad)

  • Limey

    rather put the money towards a leather bag (ipad)

  • Musette

    If I had disposable ‘straw bag’ simoleans, this would definitely be one to consider!