Despite my unending obsession with smooshy, soft, touchable leather of all varieties, sometimes a leather bag in the heat of summer can feel a bit…heavy. I live in Georgia, and right about now, the heat and humidity outside start to edge towards unbearable, steadily making their way to the sweaty, exhausting August peak (just in time to stand outside for 8 hours every Saturday, tailgating and watching college football).
Unfortunately, the desire for a non-leather bag creates somewhat of a conundrum for high-end bag lovers. You don’t want to buy crap, because having a beautiful bag is something that you enjoy and buying something that’s not well-made feels like a waste of money. Then again, many designers charge nearly as much for a non-leather bag as they would for a leather one, which feels like a rip-off (and like the designer thinks you’re dumb enough to pay a premium for their name alone when the components of the bag don’t nearly warrant the price). So, most summers, my desire for a cute, summery, non-leather bag goes unfulfilled. (more…)