Traveling with Cuyana


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Well, they’ve gone and done it again. If you are a regular Wit & Delight reader, you are already familiar with my borderline obsession with Cuyana (see exhibits A, B and C). I’m an admirer of their “fewer, better things” manifesto, a concept I am actually forced to try now as Joe and I are living with his parents during our kitchen remodel. It’s one thing to live out of a suitcase during a weekend getaway, but quite another to do so for 12-16 weeks.

Last month my friends at Cuyana sent me their Classic Zipper Tote, which isn’t so much new, as a reinvention of an old classic. The addition of a zipper makes this bag more functional than the bag I was using prior to haul, what feels like my life, from place to place.

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It’s still the tote I would recommend if you’re looking for a minimal leather carry-all. It also looks and feels more expensive than it actually is. I’ve been using mine for a month, and it has journeyed with me to and from destinations as exotic as Dallas (wink), LA and Northfield. My Cuyana travel case, which I purchased two years ago, looks even better after years of wear and tear, so I know I can expect to continue to use this new tote long after my hectic travel and commuting schedule is complete.


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BY Kate Arends - June 22, 2015

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June 22, 2015 5:17 pm

These bags are so clean and chic. I love it. In my old age of 29 😉 I’m realizing how much I love bags/accessories that are minimal and work as staples. These bags definitely fits in with that!

June 22, 2015 6:56 pm

how crazy! I just moved to Northfield!! what a small world, and small town might I add

June 22, 2015 7:33 pm

Loving the simple design! Timeless, and matches well with most (if not all) things -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

June 23, 2015 9:25 am

I have a black Cuyana tote and I started using it as my everyday bag and a chic tote for yoga clothes. I love that their latest edition has a zipper, though! Are those little pouchettes also from Cuyana? Can I ask what camera you used for the first photo – love the contrast.


June 23, 2015 3:42 pm
Reply to  Lindsay

I used my iPhone 6, believe it or not.
The “pouchettes” are the Cuyana Travel Case set. I bought mine two years ago and they still look amazing. They have some amazing new colors available.

June 23, 2015 11:47 am

I adore my Cuyana tote and get compliments on it all the time! The next item I’m eyeing is the gorgeous travel case.

June 24, 2015 12:57 pm

I love their nesting travel pouches! The small one is perfect for my purse every day and the large one is my go to for a travel makeup bag.

xx Katie

June 25, 2015 1:29 pm

This looks lovely! I wish they’d give you a PROMO code!!!

July 3, 2015 2:47 am

Love the grey option.

September 4, 2015 8:56 pm

I’m lusting after the zippered tote but I was wondering about the zipper itself, whether it is high quality and have some weight to it instead of a cheap, zipper that has a light plastic feel to it. If you could let me know, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

October 28, 2015 6:15 am

Hey there! I am looking into purchasing a cuyana tote, but can’t decide if I want zipper or no zipper. Is the zipper tote made with the same material as the classic tote? I’m very particular about the flexibility of the leather… 🙂 Thank you!

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