Over the past year, I have had to discriminatingly eliminate handbags from my collection. I suffer from contact allergies and I am particularly hypersensitive to metals. So, my love of studs, zippers, and bold gold hardware on handbags was apparently complicating the health of my skin.
Last year, I fell in love with the Linea Pelle Perry Woven Large tote. The soft washed Italian leather was perfect. The woven detail was super chic. The cognac color was divine. Most importantly, the bag did not have any brass hardware (very rare on LP bags). It retailed for over $400, though, so I spent a lot of time debating purchasing it. Ultimately, I decided against the tote, even after it was voted ‘tote of the year‘ over at Handbago. The bag (13.75″h x 21.75″l ) was just too large.
Photo of Perry Small Tote from LPCollection.com
Linea Pelle later introduced a smaller version of the Perry tote (12.5″h x 18″l) that retailed for $295. It was now the perfect size. And, my almost year-long love for this tote meant something, right? Well, circumstances got sweeter a couple weeks ago when LP launched an online private sale and offered the Perry Woven Small Tote for $150. I ceased the opportunity to buy one at that price and I have worn it everyday since.
Unboxing the Linea Pelle Perry Woven Small Tote
The signature long leather ties made the Perry tote too bohemian for my style. So, I removed them. There is no way I was going to waste four strips of fine Italian leather though. I have been wearing the strips as a belt, necklace, and even a bracelet.
Aww, that's a shame about your other handbags, but I know all too well how allergies can be!! Congrats on waiting for the perfect deal on your bag!
Very clever to find another way to use the straps. I love a big tote bag you can sneak and shop with on lunch at work : )
That handbag is fantastic – so versatile! I love the cognac color. And I would have never, ever thought to repurpose the straps the way you did! I am in awe of your creativity. 🙂
Since you have shopped…LOL…If you find a L.P. small tote, could you pass it along?…I am in love with this bag…
Only if you are not going to treat yourself again…THX
@Shasie: Parting with some of those bags was actually painful…Ha.
@Sing: Ha! I am hooked on big bags. I pack mine too!
@Taylor: Awww…thanks. When I noticed they were tied on, I got so excited because I knew there would be so many possibilities including putting them back on the bag.
@Annie: Ha! If you happen to live in Cali, LP has an upcoming private sale. From what I have seen, the in-store private sales feature some serious markdowns.
Hi there I just discovered your blog and I love it so far we have very similar tastes:-). I just snagged this bag on the LP site for $118. I too have been watching this bag for over a year I am ecstatic right now LOL my LP collection is growing I just lve the quality of their leather. You now have a new fan. Take care
@GIGII08: Thanks for stopping by!! Now, that was a price worth waiting for!!! Congratulations on that major score!! LP leather is so superb. I am hooked.