Alexandra Cassaniti | canvas stripe tote

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My obsession with oversized luxe leather handbags is causing me physical pain. It’s sad, but true … oftentimes the most beautiful lust-worthy satchels are crafted from ultra-soft leather, heavy hardware and linings that make them tip the scales at 5-10 lbs (then add more when they are filled to the brim with essentials). Most of the time these totes cause little harm, as I’m carrying them to and fro the car, etc. But on a day when I’m traipsing around town shopping for a few hours on foot, even the crossbody messenger straps can’t save me from shoulder and lower back pain.

Solution: stock up on chic lightweight totes. This Alexandra Cassaniti tote is simplicity at it’s best, with a standard silhouette and leather-trim to complement the cool stripes. The neutral colors make it perfect for everyday use, with the only caveat being that you have to get used to carrying an open bag (watch for spills and subway thieves).

There are two sizes shown—I prefer the larger of the two. And you can file this under affordable luxe because it’s on sale for under $100 at anicaboutique.com

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