18 May 2011
With warmer weather fast approaching, I've been feeling the need for more casual summery bags, and these straw totes just hit the spot for me. I confess I already have the Rebecca Minkoff tote with me (thanks to Shopbop's recent sale) and I love the way it looks and feels. Having said that, the much cheaper Madewell tote caught my eye today, thanks to my e-mail inbox.
I'm tempted to return the Rebecca Minkoff tote and purchase the Madewell one instead. What's stopping me? I prefer the overall lines of the Rebecca Minkoff tote. I also like that the bottom is reinforced with leather to give it some structure and that it zips close. The Madewell tote looks really bulky in the photo above and it doesn't look like it has a zip closure. It's nice that they both have leather handles, and the Madewell tote is also handcrafted from Africa using fair-trade practices that directly benefit the artisans.
What do you guys think I should do?
Rebecca Minkoff photos from Shopbop.com
Madewell photos from Madewell.com