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help me find the perfect black leather tote bag

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creamoftomato Wed 02-Mar-16 17:25:56

it's not for me, it's a present for a big birthday. it should be a great bag for every day, i think quite big, good quality leather and something quite simple and classy, nothing frilly or OTT. what do you think?

this is their perfect bag but sadly my lottery win is yet to happen

they also like this one:

so I suppose I'm wondering if it can be topped? and i'm not sure about the white stitching, but maybe it's OK?

cressetmama Wed 02-Mar-16 17:40:39

I like the second bag; would be happy to receive it! Perhaps not the most useful advice, given that I found mine two years ago in TK Maxx, but I have a woven polyester bag made by a company called Abbacino that is very nearly as good as the Bottega Veneta leather tote, just not leather. I have seen Japanese copies of it in woven leather in the Middle East, but even they were over £400.

Paddingtonthebear Wed 02-Mar-16 18:17:12

whats the budget?

How about:

Tia4 Wed 02-Mar-16 18:23:14

I can highly recommend Yoshi! Their quality is fab and their customer service unbeatable. No, I don't work for them but almost every bag I own is made by them and the colours are gorgeous - I have black and tan totes as well as others in teal, brown and lilac smile I think the prices are amazing too. Hope you find something!

Paddingtonthebear Wed 02-Mar-16 18:25:39


Paddingtonthebear Wed 02-Mar-16 18:29:50 is great for finding things. You can just type black leather tote bag and then refine by price, it has everything from high street to high end on there.

Paddingtonthebear Wed 02-Mar-16 18:33:32

Forgot this one

faustina Wed 02-Mar-16 18:36:00

Madewell do perfect totes. I have this in tan but I think they do it in black too

Duckdeamon Wed 02-Mar-16 18:52:55

Open totes with no zip are a PITA; stuff falls out. they're not as practical or good for carrying lots of stuff as they seem. Would go for one with a fastening of some kind.

creamoftomato Thu 03-Mar-16 21:30:41

thanks everyone smile

i love the madewell totes, they are gorgeous.

i was hoping to avoid the shopstyle search because there are SO many hits for 'black tote' but i did eventually go down that rabbit hole. unfortunately i ended up concluding that coccinelle totes are the most beautiful, so now im trying to figure out if theres any world in which i should stretch to one or if i should buy the birthday girl a bottle of bubble bath and save my money to buy myself one instead

Paddingtonthebear Thu 03-Mar-16 22:28:41

I have a Coccinelle bag (secondhand eBay!) and the leather is beautiful

Duckdeamon Fri 04-Mar-16 13:02:42

I would not be able to hand over a lovely bag, even to a close friend blush

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