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What’s in my bag?
FashionABLE gave me this beautiful raw leather Tigist crossbody to review and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do one of those time-tested “What’s in my bag” posts.
On a typical day, I carry my keys, a tin of altoids (peppermint is great for bad breath, but it’s also useful for relieving stomach aches), a little zip pouch with spare change and tinted lip balm (mine is from Purse & Clutch), my iPhone 5C (I purchased it used from Newegg), and a card pouch containing way too many used-up gift cards and loyalty cards (I got it from a local store a couple years ago, but it’s not fair trade).
I’m really satisfied with the quality of the Tigist Crossbody. The leather is cut thick for durability (reminds me of Coach’s 1980s-90s saddlebag line), there are ample pockets and a snap closure, and the color is quite versatile. If I could change one thing, I would make the strap adjustable. I have a feeling this strap was measured for someone with a larger bust (I mean, and props to that woman) or maybe someone a bit taller, but it falls a little low on my hip.
FashionABLE’s bags are made under fair trade guidelines in Ethiopia. The leather is sourced from the small scale meat industry there. A note on leather: while I believe for ethical and environmental reasons that it behooves us (pun intended) to reduce our meat consumption, I don’t have a problem with using leather products that are a byproduct of small, sustainable meat industries. This interview helped solidify my thinking on that point. The Tigist Crossbody retails for $138.00, right in that stretch zone that is worth it if you follow the #30wears guidelines. I hope to get at least a decade of use out of this – it feels like it will last that long – so it should even out.
On an unrelated note, I feel like I FINALLY know what my personal style is and what suits me. It’s completely liberating. I thought I would be tempted by all of the Labor Day sales I posted, but I was able to narrow it down to just a few things that I know I’ll wear and love.
Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.