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I don’t get a new bag very often, about once a year or so. And I’m fairly picky, I like natural materials and I prefer leather, must be made ethically or fair trade, secondhand is an option when I want to spend less and get the best bang for my dollar. And, most importantly, it needs to be practical for me. Trendy bags are always a fun addition to an outfit, but functionality should always come first.
I have been eyeing the Abera tote from ABLE for a while, it’s not huge but it can still be a great carry on for traveling. Perfect for work, or a solo work picnic at the park. And for the first time in years, I bought a bag that is not black. Shocking, I know.
While I love a black bag, sometimes you just want what you don’t have in your closet, and in this case that was a brown leather bag. The beautiful whiskey shade of this leather bag is a stark contrast to the oiled black I’ve been carrying for years and is equally as elegant and timeless for the years to come. This medium-sized bag is perfect to carry my laptop and notebooks in for some quiet time working, researching, or styling and the crossbody strap helps me go handsfree when grocery shopping. The magnetic snap secures my belongings without the interference of having to manage a zipper. This bag is also unlined, revealing beautiful suede interior and it has that super dreamy leather smell. Anyone else stick their head into a leather bag and just inhale? No? Just me. Cool…
I styled my new bag with the Leo bandana from Sseko for some texture and a finishing touch. Since this bag only has one pocket which I will use to slide my phone in pouches are an important and easy way to organize all the things I carry. Personal items, cords & plugs, pens & pencils, masks & sanitizer, and lastly a coin purse!
More about ABLE:
ABLE is a brand founded out of a need to help women, help women globally in Ethiopia and locally in Nashville, Tennessee. Able is committed to ending poverty through job creation especially for women. ABLE has grown from hand-woven scarves to a lifestyle brand with leather bags, clothes, shoes, and jewelry.
Women comprise 95% of the staff at ABLE, but globally they often hold the lowest-paid, least-secure jobs. Yet we know women invest twice as much of their income into their families compared to men. When a woman is economically empowered, her children and community thrive, making her crucial to eradicating poverty. ABLE is committed to ensuring every woman receives treatment and compensation reflective of her immense worth.
Able’s jewelry is all made in-house in Nashville, TN, and their leather goods, clothes, and shoes are made by manufacturing partners in Ethiopia, Mexico, Brazil, and India. Around the world, they work with entrepreneurs who share similar values. Able has found that partnering with local community leaders results in a more powerful economic transformation rather than trying to command change from the U.S.