When I first heard that I would be receiving a few Cole Haan handbags to review I wasn’t sure what to expect. Although I had long known the brand by name, I had never actually seen a handbag by the designer online, let alone in person, so I was excited to have the opportunity to preview them firsthand. When they arrived I was happy to find not only their large tote in both nude and black but an adorable cross-body bag with a subtle hint of texture as well. I instantly fell in love with the cross-body purse, given its sleek design, but there’s something to be said about the minimalism and versatility of the totes.

The Leather Tote in Nomad & Black

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Having a tote bag is something new to me – I typically find them too overpowering for my petite stature. But I welcomed the simplicity of this leather version by Cole Haan in both shades. Although to be honest, I almost prefer the Nomad shade as it has the slightest hint of pink, adding a hint of femininity to its simple relaxed design. The Cole Haan Leather Tote is extremely spacious and features three separate compartments, all with gold zipper closures and leather tassels to keep your belongings safe and sound. The stylized zipper detailing is further accentuated by gold O-rings on the handles and a matte pebbled leather texture. In my opinion, this is the perfect bag for days when you’re on the go and need a larger purse to carry your belongings. I’ll definitely be ‘toting’ it around on the days I have both school and work – pun intended.

The Textured Mini Cross-Body


Next, there’s the super stylish Cole Haan Cross-Body Bag in ivory/stormcloud. I was instantly smitten with the textured croc print design and grey detailing and couldn’t help but have visions of it styled with an oversized grey jacket and ripped denim for Fall weekends. There’s a definite sophistication to the purse but its unique texture keeps it fashion-forward and weekend-approved. I also love that is has a front slip pocket, which makes accessing my phone simple and quick – a must for a blogger always on the look for the next great photo.

But, truly what I loved most about my time spent with this Cole Haan Cross-Body Purse was its ability to start a conversation. No matter where I was, those who caught their eye on the bag would question me where I got it from – a telltale sign of a uniquely designed handbag.

For Every Great Handbag, There’s A Great Watch To Match

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And since every great handbag deserves a great watch, I played off the sophistication of this cross-body purse and amped it up ever-so-slightly with this bedazzled Bulova option. Although it’s difficult to see in the photos this watch features a beautiful Mother Of Pearl face with embedded Swarovski crystals throughout the design ­– over 200 of them to be exact! Many wouldn’t dare wear a watch so brilliant with a casual weekend get-up, but I adore the juxtaposition it provides. And, best of all, it’s 30m water resistant, which means I don’t need to worry about removing it every time I wash my hands.


With my introduction to Cole Haan handbags behind me, I’m left feeling crazy in love with the brand and their simplistic designs.

What handbag will leave you crazy for Cole Haan? Check out the awesome selection of stylish Cole Haan handbags currently available at Best Buy to find the one calling your name.

Amy McKissock is the blogger behind the Toronto based fashion and beauty blog, Bratty B. She is dedicated to bringing her readers regular inspiration through outfit posts, beauty reviews, and photo diaries, all while staying true to her monochromatic philosophy. When not blogging she can be found exploring the city in hopes of stumbling upon the next hot spot. Follow her adventures on Instagram, @brattyb.