The Perfect Fair Trade Purse

Hello, my name is Connie and I am 100% addicted to handbags. I am continually on the hunt for THE perfect one! I don’t want just any ‘ole handbag I have many requirements; starting with roomy. I must have a LOT of room!! I carry not only my personal items; wallet, phone, glasses, paper, pens, more pens, and more pens. (WHY are there so many pens in my purse?) I also carry items meant to keep 3 year old Alice, completely occupied when we are out and about.  Crayons (’cause ‘ya know all those pens aren’t enough writing utensils!), coloring book, wipes, raisins, fruit snacks, iPad, story book, brush, barrettes, 2 Barbie Dolls and a stuffed animal.  So ROOMY is a must.

Pockets! I need pockets, one for my keys, one for my mobile phone and one for my credit card wallet. I also want a middle pocket to hold lip gloss, spare change and a million receipts that I will no doubt need; eventfully? If for nothing else, I will make my next shopping list on.

More importantly I want to make a statement with my purse. I want NEED to have a “Oh WHERE did you get THAT bag?” Bag!!  I’m giddy; because I FOUND that BAG!!! I love this bag!!! I can’t think of a handbag I’ve ever carried that has gotten this many compliments!! E-V-E-R!! The Just My Size handbag is PERFECT!!!!  Inside and OUTSIDE!!

Fair Trade Purse

This beautiful fair trade purse combines hand-woven natural cotton colors, brown leather and brass accents to make the PERFECT handbag!!! The brown leather accents run down the sides and bottom of this bag. The adjustable belt not only adds a stylish touch to the bag, but also expands if I need to carry more items. This is a VERY ROOMY bag!! There are two inner pockets on one side; perfect to hold my keys and the other to hold my mobile phone.  The inside pocket runs the full length of the purse and it’s deep AND it closes with a zipper!! The bag itself is 12.¼” high and 12.¼” wide and 5.¼” deep.  The strap is 20.5″ long and 1.2″ wide. This strap does not slip off your arm! Even juggling a 3 year old and a grocery bag!  The bag weighs in a little over 1.5 pounds. This bag is made of 100% cotton, leather and brass. The bag is fully lined with a cotton lining.  The bag features a magnetic button closure.

Fair Trade Purse

Fair Trade Purse

Fair Trade Purse

The workmanship and quality of this fair trade treasure is amazing. I am beyond thrilled. Everything at NOVICA is a pleasure, from shopping to ordering, to the presentation and the purse itself I couldn’t ask for a better experience.

Opening a NOVICA box is like receiving a gift!! A hand written thank you note. A card that tells you about your item and the talented artist that created it. I was so excited over the packaging on my fair trade purse, the pretty paper and an adorable little doll nestled in the ribbon. Such a CUTE touch!!

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More to love about my new purse is knowing where it came from and who designed the bag and created the bag; that has to be one of my favorite parts of shopping at NOVICA. The ‘Just My Size’ handbag was created by The Villavicencio family; they not only cultivate the cotton in several natural colors – jade, brown and ivory, or raw cotton. With NO DYES!!! The family is involved in the entire process, from growing the cotton, to weaving it and transforming it into this handbag. How amazing is that?!

What are your ‘must haves’ in a handbag? I am positive NOVICA has one that’s perfect for YOU!!

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maureen
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maureen

What a great and sturdy bag that would go with so many different outfits. A classic.

Katie
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Katie

I love the pattern and color of this bag! How cute! The plaid is ultra fun yet classic.

John Thuku
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John Thuku

Wow. What a wonderful handbag. This would be a very nice gift.

Tami F.
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Tami F.

This bag looks great, I need lots of pockets too. I love Novica’s commitment to the artisan’s who make the products they sell.

Sherri
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Sherri

I hate it when the strap is constantly falling off your arm, or you have to hold it in a death grip to keep it up there. I love that you don’t have to do that with this one!

Tamra Phelps
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Tamra Phelps

I love how unique the bag looks. The leather straps & the cotton bag are a great look!

abedabun dawn
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abedabun dawn

I laughed when I read what you look for in a hand bag! My daughter in law says that she feels as if she is packing for a weekend getaway every time she takes her daughter (my grand daughter) to the store LOL!

Tara
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Tara

I absolutely love this bag! My must haves are pockets & not having a HUGE purse. Right now, mine is too big & I can never find anything in it!

Diane K. Brimmer
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Diane K. Brimmer

I absolutely love this bag. It is perfect for everything I would like in a bag as well. We are too much alike. Now to get the bag! When is this going to be on one of your giveaways? Beautifully made and hand crafted. I give it a 2 thumbs up!

Pamela Gurganus
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Pamela Gurganus

Oh my goodness! I absolutely love this handbag! It’s gorgeous! It’s the perfect size, I love the colors and how organic it is! And wouldn’t one of these make a wonderful gift, especially with the notecard? Love, love, love! Thank you for sharing!

Katie
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Katie

It is the perfect sized bag

Deb Jackson
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Deb Jackson

I love the handbag and Novica. I have been purchasing from them for years and I can tell you , they are one of my favorite on line shopping experiences. Great company.

Judy Bradley
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Judy Bradley

I like a bag that is large enough to stash papers, folders, etc. without bending, I need pockets, some open, some zipper, a place to hang my keys, special pocket for phone, strap for over shoulder, zipper or some kind of closure so rain won’t get in. And it must be attractive!

KATE SARSFIELD
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KATE SARSFIELD

You can keep your shelves of shoes – my thing (apart from bling!) is handbags (well. jackets too, if I’m honest about it). I LOVE bags. I tend to pick them up in charity shops – it’s always surprising what other people give away. For instance my go-to-bag at this time of year is a simple black handbag that somebody has taken ages covering in sequined flowers of all colours! Yes it’s a bit gaudy & in-your-face but I LOVE it! Says a lot about me actually: a bit loud & very colourful but with hidden depths! Ha!

KATE SARSFIELD
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KATE SARSFIELD

I don’t know what’s happened to my comment all about my gorgeous sequined bag – sorry Connie! It was a bit long-winded, much like myself, but my attitude is why use one word when there are so many wonderful words in my vocabulary!

Cynthia C
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Cynthia C

I really like the leather strapping. It adds nice detail to the bag.

Margot C
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Margot C

I adore that bag! I also love the Novica site. I hint, hinted (by forwarding the link) to my husband about the Sierra Meadows Fair Trade Green Geometric Rug. We’ll see what happens.

Kelly
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Kelly

Oh my, you and I have the same requirements. Roomy and pockets. Lots of them. I am excited by this purse and by the mission of Novica. All around an awesome purse.

Kelly
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Kelly

I am, by the way, very jealous of this bag. I am thinking I am headed over to Novica to see what other options they have. Thank you for the review.

Christina Moore
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Christina Moore

Love stripes. Love purses. Love striped purses. <3

Christina Moore
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Christina Moore

Love stripes. Love purses. Love striped purses. This bag is just perfect! <3

Cathy French
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Cathy French

I like how it looks but also how roomy and sturdy this bag is. Very nice

Edmond
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Edmond

Wow, bag is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain.

Natalie
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Natalie

I love how soft yet stylish this bag looks and the colors go with anything.

Joe
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Joe

my girlfriend would love this as a gift.

Nikolina
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Nikolina

I’m not a bag addict (any more), but enjoyed reading this post! 🙂

Abby
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Abby

The handbag is adorable! I would love to wear that.

Meghan
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Meghan

This bag is stunning…really. I could use a new handbag too. Now to find the husband to guilt him into getting it for me. LOL

Rosie
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Rosie

I love hanbags, too. I love Novica, too! I don’t have any one criteria, it depends. I like cute littles, crossbody, a hefty quality structured bag for serious! I also have made a few and one came out so darling, but a lot of work – too much!!!

Leela
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Leela

That’s a very stylish handbag. I like the colors.

Heather Baker
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Heather Baker

I really love the fact that this bag can go with anything. It is also a great size if you have toddlers and need more than a little purse!

Nancy C
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Nancy C

My must haves in a handbag are ROOMY, ROOMY, ROOMY! As a mom of 2 toddlers, I need lots of room to store things we need on the go. I don’t like carrying clumsy diaper bags around in addition to a purse, so I need a handbag that does the trick!

cheryl lister
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cheryl lister

I love the natural colors of this bag. It would go with just about everything.

SHANNON M
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SHANNON M

Once you find the perfect handbag, there is no stopping you!

Natalie
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Natalie

Haha, with all of the stuff you need to carry for Alice, it sounds like you need a suitcase with wheels!! 🙂 I’m not a big fan of purses…while I like them, I use them mostly to bring things in the car to entertain myself (book, the current craft I’m on, etc.) and the ever important deodorant, or to drag stuff from my bedroom upstairs to the family room downstairs when I have a bunch of junk I need (like, for instance, when I am working on a novel, I need my research notebook, a billion books to do research,… Read more »

Andrea Hayden
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Andrea Hayden

The workmanship and quality of this bag is obvious! Definitely a must-have for anything I buy! I am loving those accents too… swoon.

Natalie Brown
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Natalie Brown

This bag is so nice! I can see how sturdy it is. I love that it’s made by a family of farmers and artisans. So cool! Thank-you for the detailed review!

Dana Stargazer Truitt
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Dana Stargazer Truitt

What a cute bag, I really like the colors of it. Novica has thee cutest stuff. I recently got a bag from them, about 4 months ago..such a good price!!

Wendy R.
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Wendy R.

I have ordered from Novica and been very pleased with the quality too. I just love that they wrap their orders like a fancy gift.

Rachel Beltz
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Rachel Beltz

My “must-haves” in a handbag are room, durability, and of course, it has to look nice!! I love the natural color palette of this bag though! It’s absolutely beautiful and would pair well with so many outfits!

Sandy Klocinski
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Sandy Klocinski

What I look for in a bag is the capacity to carry my wallet, phone, keys and also the book that I’m reading.

Deb Jackson
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Deb Jackson

I love the bag. I love all the NOvica products, especially the jewelry.

Kristen
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Kristen

I gave my mom a Novica GC once for her birthday and we had so much fun looking through the site at all the pretty things until she chose something.

Jessie Shiflett
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Jessie Shiflett

OMG! This is so cute.. I will defiantly be checking into buying one of these.

Connie
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Connie

I have the same requirements for my handbag…roomy, pockets and especially the strap not falling off, etc. I also want a very convenient outside pocket for my cell phone….a must. Another must is it can’t be bulky. I think this handbag is classic and would go with many outfits.

Alessandra
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Alessandra

I love bags! they’re my favorite accessory! and this one right here is perfect! I’d love to have it! 🙂

monique
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monique

I like how you gave measurements. Sometimes people forget that measuresments are important to others.

Kimberly B
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Kimberly B

LOL we very similar requirements for handbags. Love the colours and style of this one it’s stunning.

Rebecca Parsons
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Rebecca Parsons

I love the colors and the style of this bag. I like that it can be used with any outftit!

Olivia
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Olivia

This bag is absolutely lovely! Such fresh colors ♡