When I first moved to San Francisco I noticed something almost immediately: everyone and their mother owned a Marc Jacobs black crossbody leather purse. Often styled with North Face jackets and skinny jeans, the Jacobs bag was a mainstay for many a Northern California gal. As a full-time graduate student, nonprofit administrator, and as someone who had yet to be exposed to the world of ethical fashion, I went ahead a followed suit and bought myself the less expensive vinyl version of the purse so many touted. It lasted approximately five wears before the seams started falling apart. And this from an expensive, designer bag. I was as crushed as my bank account was deflated.
Let this be a lesson for all of you: be strong in the face of trends! Stay true to your own style, and remember, quality material will always outlive and outshine any "it" thing of the moment. Turns out I'm not really a Marc Jacobs girl; I'm more the minimal, high quality leather, elegantly designed accessories type.
Luckily for me Everlane's Foldover Crossbody bag fits that bill to a tee. I know I'm biased as a former ambassador, but I really think Everlane's designers nailed it with this one. I received this bag in early December as my final ambassador gift, and I love the soft leather and rich hue. The rectangular shape is sleek and modern when worn low, and the strap is sturdy yet delicate enough that it doesn't make wearing it across my chest awkward like some thicker straps do.
The crossbody features a gold zipper that gives it a fun pop, and the foldover style lets you slip stuff into the main pouch from both the middle and the top zippers. I was expecting two separate compartments, but the fact that they are connected means you don't end up with a bulky top fold. Things stay put and the bag stays looking sharp.
One of the main reason's I've fallen in love with a more minimal aesthetic over the past several years is for the versatility factor. This bag works with a more casual vibe (paired with jeans and Everlane's relaxed linen shirt, for example), but I also love it for evenings out (maybe paired with a leather jacket, some wide leg trousers and a perfectly unfussy silk blouse). As soon as I saw it in the "coming soon" section of Everlane's website I envisioned it working with five or so ensembles I already owned - the true test of whether something deserves a spot in my edited down wardrobe.
The only thing I'd caution you to consider is the bag's capacity - its thin profile makes it hard to pack it up for a day out on the town. I find that when I use it I prefer to leave my big wallet at home in favor of just some cash, phone, and keys. But still, I'm not at all sorry that this beauty has replaced that old Marc Jacobs bag. It feels like another win for my style evolution - like a graduation of sorts.
If you own any of Everlane's leather bags, I'd love to hear your thoughts! How would you style the Foldover crossbody, or their Foldover Pouch?