28 posts tagged with kooba

Depending on who you are, backpacks might be kind of a tough sell. They’re purposefully boyish and perhaps a bit infantilizing, but if you’ve got an edgy personal style and lots of confidence, they can look utilitarian-chic in all the right ways. Having a backpack option as luxe as the Kooba Griffin Drawstring Tote absolutely makes pulling off the look much easier.

Kooba seems to be try to avoid the “backpack” stigma by not using that word to describe this bag, but there’s no getting around exactly what we see in this photo. It’s a backpack, and there’s nothing wrong with that, particularly when you’re spending the day shopping or strolling and you don’t want to have to deal with a regular purse on your arm. (more…)

Sometimes, a bag manages to hit all of the right notes on the way to momentary brilliance. Kooba has found its handbag sweet spot recently, first with the beautiful bicolor Kooba Kelsi Satchel, and now with very on-trend Kooba Montroe Tote.

Colored suede, khaki tones and military aesthetics are all very important looks for fall, and Kooba manages to roll all three into one without making the bag look like an over-designed, over-thought fad piece. Combining strong trends in a simple, thoughtful way can be extremely difficult, but the people behind Kooba have pulled it off with considerable aplomb. (more…)

For a season or two, things were perilously quiet from our friends at Kooba. Both Megs and I noticed a dearth of the brand’s bags at major retailers, and having been Kooba fans for quite a while, we were concerned. Well, we’re certainly not concerned any longer.

Fall 2010 has proved to be a great season to be a Kooba lover. Not only does their Kelsi Satchel practically teach a class on how to design a bicolor bag, but the Kooba Carter Satchel is a nice everyday bag at a reasonably price point. (more…)

A bicolor bag of significant size is a legitimately difficult thing to design well. Since the interplay between the colors is usually the main event, choosing the shades and how they’ll be placed is crucial and often makes or breaks a design. Most designers simply don’t manage to do it very well.

The Kooba Kelsi Satchel is the rare example of when two colors combine to create a very attractive bag. The lighter and darker shades of red are combined in a way that sort of reminds me of a 50s diner – whether you think that’s a good or bad thing will depend on your personal taste. (more…)

I don’t mean to jump the gun here, but does it seem to anyone else that art deco details are sort of being a Thing? We’ve seen some signs of it lately in Rebecca Minkoff’s most recent designs, and now the Kooba Sam Leather Grommet Bag is making me think that might not be a mistake.

From what I remember, we didn’t see too much 20s revival on the runways last season, but not all trends come directly from the top, particularly in accessories. As the old saying goes, two is a coincidence and three’s a trend, but I’d posit that it can’t be too long before we see more of the same. The 20s are one of the few decades that haven’t been mined for inspiration in the past few years, and I’m sure that designers will tire of the 60s and 70s soon enough. (more…)

I’m not much of a fan of denim. I have very little in my closet and I have very little patience for it in bag-form. Denim-look leather is a little bit better because at least it’s leather, but the look is not for me. From what I can tell, it’s not for most people that have commented on the various posts that have mentioned the trend.

I’m not going to rule out the possibility that it can be pulled off by someone out there, however, which is why I’m going to try to not say too many negative things about the Kooba Lana Denim Tote. My initial reaction was thoroughly negative, but I think that there might be something interesting here for someone with a thoroughly bohemian personal style. (more…)

Kooba does particularly well by producing bags that are useful, functional, and chic in the most simple of ways. They always experiment with the lines on their handbags, whether they’re diagonal or vertical, thin, thick, or fluted. This Kooba Millie Vertical Shopper is probably the best example of that- the lines of the bag take center stage.

Rather than relying on studs or heavy hardware to make a spring statement, this shopper goes back to what classically makes a spring bag: the color. The vibrant turquoise is all you need to know that this bag is made for the days of beach balls and ice cream trucks. (more…)

I have yet to add a bucket bag to my handbag collection. You have to understand something about me. I love handbags, but, I tend not to splurge very often. If you ask Megs or even Vlad, they will both agree. I stare at things I think about buying and make virtual pros and cons lists. This being said, I’ve never been able to justify the purchase of a bucket bag because I can’t really imagine where I would carry it. That is where I need you to weigh in. (more…)

I consider Kooba to be a relatively contemporary brand. For the most part, when I think of Kooba, I imagine younger-ish women carrying the bags (meaning teens thru 30s and maybe even into 40s). I know I am making a rather big generalization, but hey, it is what it is. However, here is a Kooba bag that is absolutely fabulous and one that a wide range of age groups should find appealing. (more…)

It was merely two days ago that I found myself talking with Megs about how neither of us had seen many Kooba bags around recently. I used to encounter them all the time, much to my delight, but it seems like the brand has slowed down production a bit recently. I’m not sure why, but I’m sure that I don’t like it. I have two of their bags and would like to continue adding bags with their signature soft leather to my collection.

Lo and behold, what do I find today? The Kooba Hadley Satchel! It’s like the universe has conspired to send me a reminder to not count Kooba out, and they couldn’t have picked a better bag to do it with. The Hadley combines several of the brand’s signatures that I absolutely love: soft leather with a perfect finish, architectural and unexpected lines and uncompromising wearability. (more…)

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