As I’ve mentioned previously, possibly more than once (ok, so, maybe a lot more than once), I normally find brown bags completely objectionable. I don’t have a brown-friendly wardrobe, I don’t find it to be a particularly modern shade, and sometimes I feel like it’s a cop-out for people that don’t have the guts to buy a real color. I’m also a big proponent of brights as neutrals, and the bag I’ve carried every day for the past couple of weeks can be referred to as nothing less than VIOLET. In all caps. It’s that purple.

But today, I was inspired by Megs posting a beautiful Burberry bag that just so happened to be brown, and I decided to take a look around the Internet and see if I could find a bag to inspire me as well. I was dubious, and I anticipated writing a post about how there are absolutely NO good brown bags out there, but, as happens from time to time, I was wrong.

The Kooba Blake Tote is absolutely beautiful. It’s incredibly simple and sometimes I think the handbag powers that be spend too much time trying to be innovative or edgy when they could just be spending their time making bags that are simply beautiful and functional to begin with. Kooba can make some crazy-looking things, and occasionally some things that don’t even resemble handbags, but I think they got it right this time. Their leather is almost always incredibly soft, and this bag looks like it’s no exception. It almost reminds me of the kind that you would find on high-quality equestrian boots (well, what I imagine expensive equestrian boots would look like; I haven’t been on a horse since, uh, ever).

The bag is also a great size – if I was heading back to school this month, I’d definitely consider this bag as a school tote. Oh well, I’m sure I can find some reason that I need a bag that size. I’m going to Colorado in November…can you say CARRY-ON?

So I have to eat some crow here – beautiful brown bags do exist. There just aren’t that many of them. Available in black and brown leather at Neiman Marcus for $645. Also, I found it in glossy black, caramel, and amethyst for $645 via Nordstrom.

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