It’s easy to get distracted by the splashy, cotton-candy designs of some Dooney & Bourke bags. They’re the ones you see being carried by 14-year-olds in the mall, obvious branding covering every inch in various hyper-girly arrangements. My disdain for those types of bags can probably be easily sensed from my description of them, but I can understand why they’re popular.

And certainly, if the strong sales of those bags enables the brand to continue to make things like the Dooney & Bourke Florentine Vachetta Letter Carrier, I’m all for it. Obviously I don’t know which type of bag makes the brand more money, but I definitely wish that this part of their line got more attention.

This little bag has a perfectly vintage feel and enough room for all of your daily essentials without being big enough to look like you might actually be delivering mail. I would normally wrinkle my nose at a webbed strap instead of a leather one, but it works with the overall feel of this design – it’s utilitarian chic instead of just pretty for the sake of being pretty, and the contrasting strap is exactly as it should be. Buy through Zappos for $235.

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