I don’t own many purses, but I have several camera bags. I tend to carry those even when I’m not traveling – they are light and have a lot of room, but the convenience can lead to questionable outfit/accessory situations. Imagine a dinner night when I’m wearing a little black dress, high heeled sandals, and… a khaki green sling bag. True story.
As much as I enjoy fashion and well-coordinated outfits, I find shopping for plane tickets much easier than accessories – unless I’m on the road and can call it “research.” And as a conscious consumer, I like to support companies with a mission. They’re not always easy to find.
When a friend introduced me to the Catrinka Project, I was drawn to it right away. Catrinka is an ethical fashion label and social venture that supports the education and employment of women in developing countries. The tag on my (very cute) tote says that one purchase provides “2 days of fair work to women and 7 days of education for a girl.” Sounds good to me.
The shoulder Ceci Tote (size 17″ h x 15″ w x 2.5″ g) is hand-woven in Mexico from 100% cotton by a mother-daughter team. It features leather handles, an interior zip pocket, plus two smaller pockets. The diamond design is reminiscent of traditional weaving patterns in the Chiapas region of Mexico.
When I first saw the bag, I noticed how sturdy and well-made it was, without feeling too heavy. It’s big enough to hold a laptop (a big plus for me) or any items you might need when traveling, such as a sweater, scarf, book, or tablet.
The color combination works great with jeans, and the tote’s casual/elegant design means you can dress it up or down. You could take it to the beach, around town, or on a lunch date. I see myself using the bag from spring to fall.
In collaboration with Catrinka, I am giving away one Ceci Tote – a $195 value, your choice of black or blue.
HOW TO ENTER
SPECIAL OFFER: Use the code Jettingaround15 to get 15% off any Catrinka items (valid through 8/31).
Photos: Zuzapix Photography