Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

Three is a Trend: Rolled Top Bags

If, as they say, three makes a trend – roll top bags are on the cusp of a moment. Last week I attended the One of a Kind Show media breakfast and was able to do a quick walk through of, what is, unquestionably one of the best groupings of independent artisans in the city. My first visit was to menswear accessory line, Madrad, designed by Malcolm Halley. While the collection is geared toward men, I fell in love with a waxed canvas rolled top bag with genuine leather straps ($295).

For the second time,  I was drawn to a handsome rolled top number, this one by Etsy seller Jihan Victoria ($220). Her use of cork leather from Portugal and Horween leather was another interesting design with a rolled top. Then I stumbled on the Rachel F booth, and there was a nicely edited collection of, you guessed it, rolled top bags ($240) in chic understated recycled leather and cotton. 

I love the simplicity and subtle detail of this style and each designers unique spin on the roll top. Now the difficult part: which to choose?  

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