Ah…love the new spring colors!!
Black Silk tee | $155
Leather iPad mini sleeve | $95
White Silk tank | $135
Short soft leather tote | $150
Tall soft leather tote | $150
Zip around leather wallet | $125 (sold out, on waitlist)
Cuyana is a brand that until now has generally flown beneath my radar. Their philosophy and offerings are centered around the idea that we should love our things and be intentional about the items we bring into our lives. Sound familiar? I’m behind that idea 1,000,000%.
Cuyana has been mostly known for their slouchy (and affordable) leather bags and travel kits, but lately, they’ve ventured into more clothing and small accessories. Many of which are made in the US.
It’s rare to find leather accessories that are made in the US AND at such an amazing price point: around $150 for a “large” tote (I found more, in my post on Made in the US alternatives to Madewell’s Transport Tote). Quite a few of their leather pieces are made in Argentina, though, including the new zip-top totes (for those of you who don’t like the idea of an open tote, like the Everlane Petra tote I have). Incidentally, Argentina has a wonderful history of leather craftsmanship and high-quality leather, so I still consider it a good alternative to made in China.
And it’s even rarer still, to find silk made in the US. Cuyana’s silk tops are all made in the US (in NY), and look heavenly. If I wore silk, I’d get the black tee; I love the shape, and the sleeves, and the longer length…
This post is specifically about Cuyana’s “made in the US” options, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention their AMAZING alpaca sweaters, capes, travel bags, and even the perfect Panama Hat, all made in smaller batches by artisans in the appropriate countries (alpaca = Peru, panama hats = Ecuador, turkish robes = Turkey…)
What do you think? Does anyone have a Cuyana tote? Do you love it? (It seems to be quite a bit more slouchy than the Everlane Petra tote, which is my only “issue” with it. I like the slightly structured, slightly slouchy style of the Petra better). Would you try their silk tops?
More Made in the US:
Made in the US alternatives to the Madewell Transport Tote
Made in the US clothing for Yoga/Barre
Made in the US Denim
Made in the US: Outerwear by The Arrivals
I have the Cuyana tall tote in leather and I love it. I ordered at $10 tote organizer/shaper thing for it that has some pockets, which helps with the “everything sinks to the bottom of it” phenomenon. The non-structured quality works well for me as I usually throw tennis shoes, workout outfit, lunch, and “everyday lady crap” into my bag in a rush in the morning. Instead of trying to fit my stuff into my bag, this bag fits around my stuff.
Grechen Reiter says
that’s a good idea to add an organizer inside, melissa…i might have to try that for my everlane tote, although it don’t carry so much in it i can’t find something in a hurry…and it does have two inside pockets for my phone, and other little things.
Melissa, where did you find the “organizer thingy”? I really need one for my J Crew tote.
I love Cuyana’s style, which seems quite similar to Everlane in both substance and ethos. I was tempted to order their tote, but the J Crew one was on-sale, in the color I wanted and I just happen to have a store credit card ( my downfall….NOT using anymore…Yay Me!!!!).
I really want to like the totes, but I just can’t do unlined bags, I don’t like the feel, and they can shed, I would rather pay more for a bag with lining. I do like the looks of the silk tees, but unless they offer a petite, I think they would be way too long on me. I did notice that the alpalca sweaters come in a petite, so now I am all tempted:)
I ordered mine from Amazon. Just search for “purse organizer” or “tote organizer” and you’ll have tons of options in every different price range, style, pattern, and layout.
You’re welcome! Mine has been a life saver! And what’s great is if and when you are switching over bags, you can just pull the organizer out and move it over instead of dumping everything out and rummaging through everything!