The Fossil Mini Ryder Satchel arrived and it is lovely. Beautiful slightly soft leather, nice details, pretty brown color, good width to the shoulder strap, very well made. BUT…it’s just a tiny bit too small. The case for my Maui Jim aviator sunglasses is a bit bulky and stiff (but necessary to protect the somewhat fragile frame), and once I add reading glasses, wallet, and a few other necessities the bag is packed to the brim. I have learned the hard way that if a cross bag is totally full with all the necessities, it’s not big enough. For example, I could not fit a pair of gloves into this bag in winter, it’s that full. It’ size is 9 x 7 x 4. This bag would be perfect for someone who travels a little lighter than I do.
I want something just a little bigger. There is a larger version of this same bag (see the last find), but it's a bit too big for my liking for a cross body. 12"W x 10"H x 5-1/2"D . I reviewed Angie's two other top pics again. I prefer gold hardware so that eliminates the Brahmin, and the shoulder strap on the Minkoff one is a bit too narrow (I’ve seen this one IRL).
This is definitely a want, not a need. This shopping process is helping to reinforce three things I’ve not quite mastered yet: 1)learn from past lessons on size/fit, 2) listen to my feelings, 3) be patient. My Magpie self WILL be banished eventually!!!
Back it goes, NEXT. Looking forward to any “finds’ y’all may post with similar bags as the lovely browns go forth and multiply this fall.