Snob Essentials

Banana Republic Kristin Tote: A New Republic

Sometimes you have to see to believe. I was prepared to slob this bag until I eyed it up-close. Cheap and chic has never rung so true! With an easy north-south rectangular shape and straps you don’t have to think about, it’s the most convenient on-the-go-bag I’ve see in awhile. I have the orange (less juicy-bright, more muted coral-rust), and I’m addicted to it for daily errands – maybe because it fits my MacBook. It seems I’m not the only one – I witnessed more than a few fashion editors toting it between shows over Fashion Week in NYC!

I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised. With ultra-minimal hardware, it’s surprisingly lightweight, the additional body strap is convenient when the load piles up, and the leather quality is really nice for this price. And now it’s snob-approved! Choose between offbeat orange, easy black, glamorous anthracite, and classic camel, and you’ll find yourself using it more often than some of your quadruple-digit-priced bags. Simply a must-have if you’re on a budget and looking for a bag under $200. At Banana Republic for $130.

Pair with: Toughen up this neutral masculine-feminine tote with another affordable option. You’ll be grateful you’re wearing Vera Wang Lavender Label comfortable lace-up Rafael boots on days you’re scampering all over town. On ShopBop for $425.



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  1. Saw this a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t agree more. It is really nice for such a great price. Didn’t see the Orange/Rust in the store, so I’m going on-line to find it.

  2. Saw this post and went straight to BR, with either the black or beige in mind. When I got there, I realized the silver was best in real life! Photo does not do it justice. In person, it’s shinier but somehow looks much more high end than the black or beige.

  3. So simple and colourful. We are trying to get them as well but with no success. How sometimes a simple bag can have a bigger impact than a luxurious bag! it is good sometimes to save money.