Joanna Goddard

For years, I’ve gone everywhere with a green backpack, mostly because it’s so easy to run around with and keeps my hands free for the little ones. But lately I’ve been wanting to get something prettier. A saddle bag (originally designed for someone holding a horse’s reins, after all) turned out to be the perfect thing. Here’s the Cuyana one I’ve been loving…

Cuyana large saddle bag

Cuyana has been one of my go-tos for leather bags and wallets since it was founded by two friends in California in 2013 (they now have three stores, including a New York pop-up that opened today). For fall, their collection is inspired by masculine/feminine style, and this piece really nailed that. It’s durable and timeless, but has pretty details, like the hint of gold hardware at the closure.

This season, Cuyana added two new go-with-everything hues to their line of saddle bags: siena (the one I have) and oxblood, a rich red-brown. The six different colors come in small or large, with leather that’s handcrafted in Italy.

Cuyana large saddle bag

What I love most about the saddle bag is how practical it is. The strap easily adjusts from a crossbody to a shoulder bag, so you can wear it for work, errands and date nights. It’s also roomy enough for a wallet, phone, lipgloss or whatever else you want to bring along.

Cuyana large saddle bag

Bonus for all readers: Cuyana is offering free monogramming with any purchase. Use the code CUPOFJO2016 through September 30th. (The saddle bag style isn’t designed for a monogram, but you can monogram a leather tassel for it, or a wallet.)

Thank you so much, Cuyana!

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Cuyana, whose philosophy of “fewer better things” we really appreciate. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo.)