Monday, February 28, 2011


Outdoor Retailer, SLC

Totes, organizers, satchels--- all needed  as every gal has stuff to haul around.

We noticed a cross-over trend for a few years now---from traditional outdoor labels  aspiring to attract the urban markets---that only makes sense. Quality is quality.

Ellington, a haul it all collection from Oregon that we have reviewed Outdoor Retailer. But is also a collection that shows at more fashion-y accessories trade shows here in the Big Apple too.

As its affordable and stylish bags easily fit many lifestyles.

New for Fall 2011 is the versatile, durable nylon cross-body Weekender belonging to the lightweight Ameilia new colors like eggplant, navy blue and olive.

We like the functional slot to attach to  luggage upright

The Annie Convertible backpack/tote ($54) is a quilted sporty/ grown-up take on a choice design with a handy organizer panel beneath the front flap.

Hobos are classics at this point---

Sadie Hobo-Suede $199

Great lining, inner pockets...key clip

...and the Sadie has just the right amount of slouchy softness in rich glazed Italian leather---including limited edition bronze metallic and Black Floral Emboss (for Holidays-October delivery $229)...

... or soft suede ...with subtle hardware decorative details.

The Nicole hobo with subtle pleating----has an eye catching diagonal zipper opening...

Nicole Hobo $189 

Ellington's new accessories collection from the Bella group---is made from a unique glossy Italian leather-----that makes a modern statement without dating itself...

Bella Tote $209

Bella Wallry $69

Wallets, hobos, totes and cross-body purses with polished nickel tone hardware and smooth leather trims and straps---come in the basic color waves---Graphite (black trim), Midnight Blue (brown trim)---and the carry-over Tan (brown trim).

PLUS: A new collection---the Simone (Simone Tote pictured above $229)...has clean lines in a soft leather ---with a bit of structure than a slouchy bag

----It's a nice in between a tailored purse----mashed-up with the ease of a roomy oversized tote. We like how it's a bit more polished than our usual tote---as the Simone version fits the Yiddish word schlepper with an elegant chicness worthy of more expensive brands.