Cream + Cobalt (and Mansur Gavriel small tote)

cream coat mansur gavriel tote1H&M; coat (3 colors – wearing sz 2), Talbots sweater c/o, thrifted blouse
Mansur Gavriel small tote c/o, J.Crew heels,

This pairing helped bridge the gap between the cheery colors I’ve been dreaming of, and the bleak winter scene outside my window. The cream coat looks fresh against basic black, and will serve as a great neutral for wearing with bright hues in the spring. It also comes in navy and a pale pink color that I would’ve loved to try on (unfortunately none at my local store). The material of the coat is lightweight and nothing to write home about, but I was happy with the classic cut and good fit (measurements at the end of this post). I haven’t been able to find a jacket like this elsewhere that wouldn’t require extensive tailoring. In these pics sleeves are folded up 2”, which will be the only easy alteration needed.
mansur gavriel tote
I’m always on the lookout for everyday bags to review across a variety of price points. For those seeking structured yet minimalistic, business-friendly leather bags < $500, I love the tote or bucket bag options from Mansur Gavriel. The brand offers “simple, elegant” leather goods designed in NYC and made in Italy. Pictured here is their small leather tote in black with royal blue interior.
cream coat mansur gavriel tote
I first heard about this brand last summer when founders Rachel and Floriana (two friends from LA and Berlin who met by chance and started designing – how neat is that?) reached out. They sent me this tote from their spring line and I’m already hooked. The current collection comes in three exterior color choices – black, cammello (medium tan), or brandy (rich medium brown), with interiors in either a smooth, colorful resin coating or raw hide. cream coat mansur gavriel tote2
Leather and lining: The vegetable-tanned leather arrives smooth and on the stiffer side, and develops a weathered look with increased wear. The resin interior coating is also very smooth. A note from their website: “Italian vegetable tanned leather is a classic leather that shows its wear beautifully over time. This leather will not remain pristine and sleek. It is completely natrual, meaning it is naked – with no synthetic top finishes. The color will darken, the surface will change, and exposure to water will create spots. This patina created by daily wear-and-tear will fade and evolve over time.”

This type of leather isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m a fan just as I am with vintage Coach leathers and LV vachetta leather. You can see my bag surface already starting to develop character in the photo above.
cream coat mansur gavriel tote3 Sizing: Based on the measurements I was worried the small tote would be too wide, but it turned out to be very petite-friendly in size as well as lightweight. I now feel even the large size would not look terribly overwhelming on someone my height (see it on Blair). The small fits my 14″ work laptop, snacks, a pair of flats, makeup bag and more. I used to be less receptive to open, zipper-less totes, but realized it’s less of an issue with a removable pouch for holding valuables. I wear the straps both hand-held and over the shoulder, but will warn that the strap drop length of the small size tote may not fit comfortably so for everyone.

Measurements of S tote (comes with zippered pouch): 16.5″ length, 9.5″ height, 4″ depth. I realized this tote sounds wider than it looks because there are no side panels – only a front and back panel which the measurements are taken off of. The visual width is actually only 13″ across. Strap drop is 7.5.” Removable zip pouch is 8″ x 5.5.”

On my wishlist: soft pink mini bucket bag from Fall 2014 collection (image source):
For more info on color options and where to order, Fashionista has an informative post here. mansur gavriel tote1

Additional details on this H&M; coat: fully lined, two functional side pockets. Mostly straight cut with an ever so slight cocoon shape. Concealed zipper front closure with one snap button at the top collar.

Measurements of a size 2 – 13″ across shoulders including slight padding, 16″ armpit to armpit, 18.5″ across bottom, 31.5″ total length, 23.5″ sleeve length, 5.5″ sleeve width.

Material content – 63% poly, 32% viscose, 5% elastane.

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  1. Ohh really nice Looking !
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    Posted 4.20.16 Reply
  2. katwalk wrote:

    Hi Jean! I am thinking about taking the plunge but first I'd like your opinion on this bag. I am petite like you! So do you think the larger tote size is overwehlming? how does the bag hold? Is it worth the investment? Thank you!

    Posted 3.20.16 Reply
  3. katwalk wrote:

    Hi Jean! I was doing research and came across your blog! First, I want to say I love your blog and your style is so on point, very simple but yet chic! I was researching the Mansur Gavriel tote bag. I want to invest in this nice, quality bag but I am not sure if it is worth a plunge. Any tips, opinions, suggestions? Thank you! (P.S. I am petite like you! Is the bigger tote overwhelming?)

    Posted 3.20.16 Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    The sizing info is extremely helpful. I was concerned about the width of the small size since I'm petite size. Thanks a lot, Jean.

    Posted 1.27.15 Reply
  5. Diana wrote:

    Super cute the scarf looks so cozy warm.

    Posted 12.19.14 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, thanks so much for your blog posts! I'm standing at approx 5 feet as well and I was wondering if there's any chance you'll be able to model a large Mansur Gavriel tote? I'm eyeing one and I'm not sure if it'll look alright with my size :/

    It would really be a great help, thank you!

    Posted 8.18.14 Reply
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, your posts are always so amazing. For the coat, did you have to alter the length of it? I am also five feet, four and three quarters actually but no one knows. 😛 I wanted to purchase the coat online since the nearest H&M; is an hour drive from me and I love the length on you, it's perfect. Also you mention in one of your comment that it's true to size, I'm usually a size 2 at H&M; and I just wanted to know your opinion. Thank you. 😀

    Posted 4.11.14 Reply
  8. I can't find that bag anywhere online and I must have it!!! Ideas?

    Posted 3.28.14 Reply

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