ByAnnie Perkins

Jul 25, 2014

I love purses so much that I may actually have a problem. So when we had a chance to review some products from Uncommon Goods, I couldn’t wait to see what the Upcycled Indonesian Batik Bag was like in real life. Be sure to check out all the great accessories from Uncommon Goods.

Now, I’ll admit that the photos on the site didn’t bode well for the surprise we would be getting. It looked cute enough, but it wasn’t stunning online. I love the fact that the bag’s upcycled nature means that colors and patterns vary, so it’s kind of like Christmas in that respect, but I was wary.

Upcycled Indonesian Batik Bag from Uncommon Goods
Upcycled Indonesian Batik Bag from Uncommon Goods

Why I Love This Bag

Let me first say that the pictures do NOT do this bag justice. The vibrant colors coordinate with one another and I bet I could carry a cantaloupe around in the thing. It’s very sturdy and obviously well made. There’s a little zip pocket on the inside that goes nearly to the bottom of the bag, which is the perfect place for lipstick, your cell phone, and a few credit cards. It also has a snap to keep the top of the bag closed. The handles are padded and in a cute lavender color. It’s really a stunning bag.

The Only Downside to the Bag

I think the only con to this bag, in my opinion, is that it’s pretty floppy. All my things end up in the bottom of the bag because it’s not structured—and I do mean ALL of my things. The bag holds all of my typical purse contents, plus my iPad and a scarf. But, if you’re looking for a travel tote, reusable shopping bag, or maybe even a really stylish diaper bag, you can’t go wrong with this one. I can’t wait to use it for my next yoga class.

By Annie Perkins

Dog lover, margarita enthusiast, and trivia night queen; Annie Perkins loves to share advice on living better. Her early experiences on hiking trails serve as a foundation for her love of the outdoors and the desire to keep nature intact. She writes her articles with an eye towards the inspirational, with a few laughs for good measure.