It’s been a while since I got a new bag that I obsess over. The last few bags I’ve purchased and loved actually no longer are in production. Zac by Zac Posen and Welden Bags. I’m so bummed. Besides my Madewell bags, these were all I owned. And they were so cool, a bit unique and so well made. I’m happy to report that I may have found a new brand to love. Bembien.
While perusing Shopbop, I spotted this cool rattan tote bag. With summer in full swing, I was ready for an everyday summer bag. I have plenty of great summer bags, like this straw tote I love and this crossbody. But neither are great for just running errands or throwing my laptop in to head to my co-work space. Those bags are definitely more fashion type bags for completing outfits, or traveling, or heading out to dinner. I felt like I needed a summer version of my beloved Madewell leather tote. And this Bembien rattan tote was it. The perfect summer version of my go-to tote bag.
Bembien Bag Review
When I got the Margot medium bag in the mail I was instantly in love. I basically haven’t stopped wearing it since. I feel like it makes every outfit, even shorts and a cotton tank, feel like summer. I’ve also received so many compliments on it. More than any other bag I think I’ve ever owned. Since this is a new to me brand, I was eager to see how it held up. I’ve only had it for a few weeks, but so far so good. I feel like I thought the rattan was going to be super delicate, and it isn’t. I definitely would be careful to not wear this with silk or anything super delicate since it is a natural fibrous material.
In addition to the cool rattan and straw bags they have, they also have several amazing leather totes for fall and winter. It seems everything has a gorgeous weave to it making it so unique and different from any other leather bags I won.
And not only are these bags beautiful and beautifully constructed, but 10% of the proceeds go back into the local communities where they were crafted through a program called Nest. It’s always nice to learn that something you’re spending your hard-earned money on is also giving back in some capacity.
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