I can’t be the only millennial trying to copy Gen Z’s cute cottagecore aesthetic come springtime. I refuse to accept that! I know those of us who grew up with summers spent in Abercrombie denim skirts are just itching to reinvent ourselves with sweet floral dresses, puffy sleeves and picnics galore. That’s why I’m a high-key fan of cottagecore vibes—and why I’m officially swapping my handbag for the Poppy + Sage Rattan Drawstring Harper Tote as soon as possible.
Lately, I’ve been on a mission to shop more sustainably, especially when buying an item I want to keep for a long time. If I’m splurging on something nice, I want my money to go somewhere good! That’s why I’ve become obsessed with the rattan and straw handbags from Poppy + Sage. They’re ethically handmade in Bali, Indonesia, built to last and just plain cute!
This spring and summer, I plan to spend as much time outside as possible, and I already know I’ll be picnicking it up. Be it as simple as iced coffees and croissants in Central Park with my roommate or as over-the-top as a full charcuterie spread and champagne in Washington Square Park at sunset with my besties, a good picnic requires a good picnic basket—and the Rattan Drawstring Harper Tote checks all my boxes.
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This tote is large enough to handle a full picnic packing list and lightweight enough on its own that I won’t break my arms trying to carry it there. Yes, it’s spacious, but it’s not massive to the point where I couldn’t take it to run errands, grab groceries, etc.
I can just picture how cute all my spring and summer dresses will look accented by this baby instead of my usual recyclable canvas tote (which, TBH, I’ll probably just stash at the bottom of this thing in case I need it. Old habits die hard!).
Oh, and my favorite part? I’ve had rattan totes before, and they always felt too…open. Like, everyone-on-the-subway-can-see-what’s-inside open. This tote, though, has a pinstripe lining with drawstring closure, so I can close it up when I’m not carrying as many things and ensure my belongings stay private.
I’ve already snagged the classic natural rattan color, but I won’t lie—I’ve got my eye on the other two shades as well. My second favorite is definitely the white, in which the pinstripe lining has been swapped for a fun leaf print. This one with a beach coverup and cute bikini? Perfection.
If you’re looking to hop on the rattan train but keep things a little more understated, there’s always classic black, which comes with black pinstripe lining. It definitely doesn’t give me that picnic-betch energy, so it’s a great one if you have an edgier aesthetic but still want to enjoy those springy vibes (and shop sustainably at the same time!).
Whether you’re a Gen Z-bred cottagecorer, someone like me trying to get the look, or just in need of a new wear-everywhere warm-weather bag, Poppy + Sage is definitely the brand to shop. Just think of how cool you’ll feel when your friends compliment your new rattan tote and you get to reply, “Thanks, it’s from Bali!”