Smythson Panama Tote | The Style Scribe

Smythson Panama Tote | The Style Scribe

Smythson Panama Tote | The Style Scribe

Smythson Panama Tote | The Style Scribe

Smythson Panama Tote | The Style Scribe

Smythson Panama Tote | The Style Scribe

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Over Memorial Day weekend in New York City, I stayed at the Dream Downtown in the Meatpacking District. It’s a very hip hotel with a young vibe and lots of really cool spaces. Rebecca and I shot this look right outside of the hotel’s main lounge (remember the flag made of beer cans?) on the staircase that leads to the pool on the second level. The entire exterior of the hotel is a reflective metal with large, nautical-inspired circular windows. We thought it was the perfect spot to shoot!

Upon arriving in NYC I knew I was looking for a couple of items in particular that I wanted needed to buy. One of those items was a simple black tote – while I love a good statement bag, sometimes you just need a day-to-day basic that will be versatile and super useful. After hitting up a few of my favorite handbag scouting locations, I was pretty uninspired and disappointed in the selection of classic totes. It wasn’t until I stopped in Smythson that I found “The One”. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, Smythson is a London-based purveyor of high-quality leather goods ranging from luggage to journals. The second I saw this Panama tote, it was instant attraction! The pebbled leather is always a win, making it easier to maintain and harder to damage. It’s the perfect size for me – not too wide and the straps are long enough to wear over-the-shoulder. If you have a good tote, I’d love to hear where you got yours – items always seem to be harder to find when you’re looking for them, don’t they?

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Blazer: Helmut Lang, Shirt: H&M, Shorts: Rag & Bone, Bag: Smythson, Shoes: Proenza Schouler (on sale!), Sunglasses: Celine, Earrings: BaubleBar, Rings: Ippolita and Sass & Bide

{ shot by Rebecca Dale }

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