Let's Talk Handbags

I want a new handbag for summer. I have a couple that I like, but I don't use them because they're shoulder bags and I find it irritating to carry shoulder bags. I want a cross-body or messenger bag, but I want it to look nicer than a bike messenger's bag.

So anyway, I found this cute one yesterday at Anthropologie, but tonight it's not available on their website and it makes me sad. I hope they didn't sell out of it. Here it is:


Another bag I like is this Linea Pelle bag. It's on sale right now for $232 (which is awesome), but the only color they have left is blue/black and I don't want a black bag.


I want it in brown:


I'm going to look for it on eBay.

My favorite handbag designer is Chloe but I'm not going to spend $1,500 on a bag. (I've come a long way, right?) Here are some current Chloe faves available on BlueFly. They're more rigid than than the ones I mentioned above, but I love the style:


If any of these came with a detachable strap so that I could wear it diagonally, they'd be perfect.

So anyway, now that you know what I like, please let me know if you have any suggestions. I'm kind of picky, but it's only because I know exactly what I want. (Which is always the case with being picky, right?) Here are my requirements:

  1. It must be a cross-body bag, messenger bag, or have a detachable strap long enough so that I can hang it diagonally across my body.
  2. Acceptable colors are brown, camel, cream, white, gray, or yellow. Maybe green.
  3. I'd like it to be leather. Or suede. (Click here to see a pretty green suede one by 3.1 Phillip Lim available at Barneys. The strap isn't long enough and it's too expensive, though.)
Anyone, anyone?