When I got my new Bergen Vegan Tote from Canopy Verde in the mail, I was already in love with it. I'm not super girly, I rarely wear anything but jeans and don't even own makeup; I don't wear a lot of jewelry and I never, ever carry a purse. I'm just a minimalist gal with low-key style who likes to keep it simple. So when I first talked to Linda from Canopy Verde about the bag, it was important to me that it be something I could use everyday, all day, and would go with everything. I wanted something effortless, and I found it in the Bergen Tote. It's made of eco-friendly brown faux leather and organic stone-colored cotton, and because of its chic, simple design it really does go with everything - this is no one-season bag!
I wear a lot of neutral colors, so this bag really did fit quite easily into my current style profile. And because Canopy Verde keeps it simple, the Bergen really is a classic design that would look good on anyone's shoulder. Because I'm always running around and dragging a bunch of crap with me, it was important that I find a bag that I could actually carry my stuff in. The Bergen Tote is lined with beautiful tangerine fabric and adorned with wooden accents, with plenty of room inside for me to carry some notebooks, my camera, phone, and wallet with room to spare. It has a few good sized inner pockets, including a zippered one, as well as an outer pocket along the back side perfect for tucking your phone or cash.
The Bergen Tote is thoughtfully made with organic certified cotton, PVC-free vegan leather, and eco-friendly dyes, so it's also a bag you can feel really proud to carry around. Linda Wong, the creator, is inspired by mid-century Danish design, her Brooklyn neighborhood, and a commitment to being as Earth-friendly as possible. She works with a fellow woman entrepreneur in Hong Kong to create the bags and ships them internationally, always trying to cut down on waste and reusing materials whenever possible. She's a kickass #GIRLBOSS and someone we're happy to support.
So maybe a shoulder tote isn't your style? I get it. And so does Linda, because she has designed everything from clutches and wristlets to satchels and shoulder bags - they have something for everyone! Including more colorful designs, if that's your thing. This Weekender Bag is going on my Christmas list for sure! You can shop directly on their website here, or shop past seasons and favorites on their Etsy page. A huge thanks to Linda for letting us rave about her bags - we love what you're doing, keep it up girl!
[All opinions are our own, we were not compensated for this review.]