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Satchels are for ever

The satchel bandwagon has come and gone, but I for one don't care. I still like the structured, prim look of this particular style, and how convenient it is with handles and/or body straps. For me, satchels make casual preppy outfits look more sophisticated, more put together. My casual clothes fall under that category so satchels are no-brainer choices. :D

I first read about Cuzo leather bags some months ago at Topaz Horizon, one of my favorite blogs (hi Frances!). I learned that the products were locally made, and that the leather Cuzo uses is real. Still, the prices are very reasonable at less than P2,500 for most bags. You can understand why I had to grab my own Cuzo bag at, and on sale too.

The green Ann Satchel was originally P2,250 but it was 30% off so I was able to score it for only P1,500. There were other designs but all of them are sold out - except for the maroon Ann! You should get it before it goes out of stock. Thing is, it's ridiculously easy to shop at AVA especially if you have credit card or PayPal. You can pay as soon as you finalize your order. Shipping was quick, too. I ordered the bag before lunch time and got it early afternoon the next day.

Full disclosure: AVA provided for my shopping credits. I scoured the whole site to look for that one awesome find, as there are so many items to explore! Like I mentioned earlier, AVA has a sale section where they hold their flash discounts, and a regular section full of curated brands. Aranaz and PAPAYA! are my two of my favorite brands over there.

Anyhoo, back to the Cuzo! It's a small bag, just roomy enough to hold my rather oversized wallet, a face powder, lipstick, and phone. It's not something I would bring if I'm out all day at work - it's too small - but for going to the bank or to the supermarket, this is the best bag for me. It can hold all my necessities without having to be bulky. 

The color is very on-trend although it's been around before emerald green (and by extension other shades of brilliant green) was announced as Color of the Year for 2012. I love wearing this bag with my green Sebago shoes. They're MFEO!

Hospital chic! Had to see a doctor last weekend but didn't want to look like a soppy rag. :P Sorry for the blurry photo, it's just from my phone.

So there you go, my AVA find. Do check out that website if you want fairly unique, limited items that are hard to find anywhere else. You can also join the site's contest, where you can create a wishlist and get a chance to win one of the items on that list (more info here). 

Any new bag finds recently? Spill!

This post is brought to you by AVA.

Reader Comments (9)

whoa, shipping was really quick, I was eyeing the coffee colored one! This looks really lovely, and it's good that it is locally made. "tangkilikin ang sariling atin" haha

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPauline P.

That is one handsome color. I love green, and this looks perfect on this particular bag. And not so expensive too!

Unfortunately I am a pockets type of gal. I love pockets on bags, the more the better. I go for men's bags primarily because they tend to have more pockets than girls' bags.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Awesome find. I love the texture. Hope everything went well at the doctor's.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEula

One thing I dislike about the satchels usually seen on the local market is that they can go so far as to make it with real leather but totally fail in the hardware department. Wish manufacturers would start taking note of that. It's a small detail but it can really make or break the feel of the bag. :/

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

au mis liz ang kyooottt! kaya lang ang hirap isara ng orig na satchel noh? i dnt think the clasp is magnetized pero pk nay an nice deal. grabe as in kinilig ako a few months ago when i learned na sale un melissas nila. as in once in a blue moon lang magsale ang melissa jaya lng i stil did not order from them kc d ko type un designs. ijust got mine nalng from megamall un pop up sale. ok p dun mga flats nakuha ko i bought 2 pairs. hahah khit no budget ako non humanap tapaga ako ng paraan dhil it wouldve been a crime not to take advantage of d sale. congrats and im lovin d color ha. so 2013 green!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

" For me, satchels make casual preppy outfits look more sophisticated, more put together." AMEN!! I love satchels to. My love for it started when my mom gave me her vintage Dooney which is made of hard leather, it still is in perfect shape til now. She had it way back in the 90s pa. Its a good investment piece if you ask me :)

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLian

I like bags with lots of pockets too. The pockets reduce dead weight on the shoulder compared to most women's bags that force you to dump all of your stuff in the biggest compartment. Maybe I should start scouring the men's accessories department too :D

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAviva

huwaaat sale pala uli ang melissa. if this happened a month ago ibebenta ko ang kidney ko just to be able to score a dew pairs hahahah adik lang! im happy n hindi n ko obssessed with them grabe napupuyat ako browsing online drooling over them. mot to mention nakakabutas ng bulsa ang mga proces nila. the designs are better lc nagsama sila ng v i ienne westwwood dati purp john paul gaultier na hindi practical for everyday wear! if there were flat shoes, now thats gonna b a different story

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

cute bag. I however need a bigger bag because I carry almost everything around, takot lang may makalimutan.

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

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