Review: Cuyana Saddle Bag

August 12, 2017

Back in the spring, maybe winter, I got it in my mind that I wanted a nice, structured, black purse. At the time, I was using my Baggu bucket bag 85% of the time, and wanted something contrasting. I was inspired by the envelope style of bags seen here and here, but alas, both are quite more than I want to spend on a bag. I kept my eyes peeled for awhile and, after searching, ultimately landed on the Saddle Bag by Cuyana.

After five months of use I thought I’d share my thoughts thus far:


Structure of Bag – It holds its shape really well. I could even stand it up if I needed too.

Minimalist Design – I love the simplicity of this bag. With minimal metal detailing and very clean lines, it makes a statement, but doesn’t take over. This is the main reason why I purchased it.

Lack of Branding – I know it’s tempting for designers to put their name in very visible places on bags, but I don’t want to be a walking advertisement. Nor do I want to participate in the bag-as-a-status-symbol thing. I am not eager to tout a brand or a price tag.

Quality of Leather – The full grain Italian leather is thick and shiny, and seems to repel water well. It’s sturdy, but still has a little bit of texture. After about five months of light use, it has resisted any scratching.

Double-Sided Leather Strap – This is a big one. You know how I recently got a Madewell bag off e-bay? Well the shoulder strap on it is unexpected thin and cheap. Sad, right? The strap on this bag is double-sided, as in two pieces of leather sewn together. It’s sturdy, holds its shape nicely, and the surface is smooth on my clothing.


Size – Sometimes I feel like it’s a tad small. Once I get my wallet, sunglasses case, and zippy bag with lipsticks, etc. in it, there’s not much space left. But, I think the style would be off if it was any bigger, and it would look too large. Solution: I just downsized my (too big) sunglass case for a slimmer one, and that should be a big help.

Sometimes I worry it looks *too* generic? Not sure if that’s really possible though.


It’s a bag I’ve been really happy with, even though it’s not in heavy rotation. It’s a bit dressy for my day-to-day life, especially in the summer, but I’m guessing I’ll use it more in the fall. One bonus of the fold-over flap is that it keeps prying hands out a lot better than my open-top bags! And fewer extras (re: everyone else’s junk) end up in there!

Let me know if I missed anything, or if you have any questions about the bag!

This post is not sponsored nor endorsed by Cuyana. I paid full price for my bag.

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  • Addie August 12, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for the review. It’s hard to tell the details of things from websites. I have wondered about the quality of this brand so it’s good to see that it holds up. I find the shape of this style the main attraction — distinctive yet classic. I think it is more of a fall/winter style as well.

    • Andrea August 14, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Cuyana is GREAT! I have a tote by them that I really love. High quality and responsible manufacturing processes.

  • Elaine August 13, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Yas! Love this bag review and this bag looks great with your outfits!

    • Andrea August 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks Elaine!!

  • Krystal August 14, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Glad to know the strap on this bag is durable – I just got the crossbody pouch and I’m feeling anxious about the strap holding up!

    • Andrea August 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      That’s a cute little bag! Which color did you get? Cuyana seems to use high-quality materials!

      • Krystal August 17, 2017 at 5:18 am

        I ended up with the black for timelessness. It’s a *little* less sturdy than I thought but the leather is so buttery soft and it seems resistant to scuffs so far.