5 posts tagged with anthropologie

We’re all familiar with the traditional places to buy beauty products: department stores, Sephora, your local drugstore. All of those places are troves of excellent finds, of course, but if you’re looking to investigate a …

Everyone’s idea of relaxation is different, which means that there are huge variations in what people expect from their travel gear. Some people want a beach bag that’s essentially just a designer handbag with some …

I like to think of myself as a smart person, usually, but we all have our moments. One of mine was on Sunday, when my friends and I got so excited about the first truly …

First, some real talk: Despite the fact that I am a purple-haired, motorcycle-booted, full-grown woman with a fondness for the musical stylings of Killer Mike and UGK, I have, uh, more than a few Taylor …

Orla Kiely Crosshatch Stem Shoulder BagSo apparently Orla Kiely already has herself quite a following. I’ve seen her patterned bags at a variety of places, including Nordstrom and Anthropologie. I’m not much for patterned bags OR non-leather bags, so I’ve been looking past them for quite a while now, until recently.

When I realized that Kiely had designed a small line of storage accessories for Target, I figured I needed to sit up and take notice. I’ve seen her bags in more and more places, and when an independent designer spreads into common culture like that, there’s usually a reason to pay attention. I can’t quite figure out what it is with these bags, though. Take the Orla Kiely Crosshatch Stem Shoulder Bag, for instance. It’s a cute tote, sure. The colors are unoffensive and the pattern is sorta cute, if a bit twee. But the bags are coated canvas, and patterned in a way that means they couldn’t possible be easy to coordinate with many outfits, so why have they become so popular? Any enthusiasts out there, please enlighten me in the comments. Buy through Nordstrom for $178.