Week of requests: crossbody bags


Welcome to the week of requests, which will probably—as it usually does—end up being two weeks of requests, because you all had so many good queries and I’d like to get to as many as possible.  Here’s one that was both after my heart and took me out of my comfort zone: “I’d love your suggestions for simple but stylish crossbody bags,” writes a commenter named Megan. “On the smaller side, to hold the essentials.” I rely on a crossbody bag every day, so it was a delight to go browsing for more. But small ones, which Megan asked for, just kind of arbitrarily give me the ooks, and who knows why. I did find some fun specimens, though, like this checkerboard number.

This has such a cool, vintage-y look. Here’s a smaller version.

I dig the combination of canvas and leather here.

And here’s a cheaper leather/canvas option.

This chic, slouchy suede bag has annoying branding on it—though it isn’t too obvious—but is otherwise pretty perfect.

This mini pouch bag is a dead ringer for Mansur Gavriel’s (much more pricey) cloud bag.

Such a chic, simple nylon sling.

Why not a bright green bag, I ask you?

And if that green is too much for you, why not try this subtler shade? (It also comes in some more neutral hues, and here’s a smaller version.)

I have praised Claire V’s Gosee Clutch many times, and deservedly so: it fits so much more than you think it will, and has such nice, clean lines.

And here’s something similar, for just a hair over $100.

This quilted bag from Allsaints makes a statement, but not too much of one.

There is more hardware going on here than I usually go for, but I love the contrast between the nylon and the chain handle.


Friday links


  • Have any of you seen the Alex Katz exhibit at the Guggenheim? I’m dying to go.
  • The worst snubs in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame history. (Vulture)
  • Divorce registries are apparently a thing now. (The Cut)
  • The Dutch woman who dressed Kate Bush. (MessyNessy Chic)
  • We’ve got the amazing Julia Cameron—author of The Artist’s Way and some 40 other books—on Everything is Fine this week and it’s a quite inspiring conversation, so please do tune it. (Apple Podcasts)
  • A smart piece about Poker Face,  a fantastic new show on Peacock, starring the always great Natasha Lyonne. (Town & Country)
  • This made me laugh. (McSweeney’s)
  • This piece—about how women have been misled about menopause really made the rounds this week, and is well worth reading. (NY Times; gifted link)
  • The trailer for Daisy Jones and the Six, a series based on this book, looks fun. (YouTube)



Things I bought, things I want


OK, this headline contains a lie, because I haven’t bought anything yet. But a few weeks ago my favorite (and only) denim shirt finally fell decisively to pieces after years of over-wear, and I’ve been searching for a suitable replacement. Option #1 is this classic number from J. Crew.

Option #2 is this more minimal shirt—I really like the big patch pockets.

I’m also still debating which sweaters to buy to replace the ones I lost in my moth apocalypse, and am very much liking the substantial feel of this alpaca/wool cardigan. It’s also a really good length—neither too cropped nor too long.

This half zip sweater from Cos is a dead ringer for one made by Nili Lotan a few seasons ago that cost much more.

I am absolutely in love with the blue of this crisp button-down from Alex Mill.

And speaking of good blues, check out this very spiff shirt jacket.

The print here borders on crazy, but its muted colors keep things from going over the top.




Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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