Saddle Up

Saddle Up

November 7, 2017

I’ve had my eye on this Cuyana Saddle Bag for a couple of years now and was stashing pennies away (rather poorly apparently) to eventually buy it for myself. The other week my mum surprised me with it as a lovely prezzie to cheer me up (was having a rubbish month to say the least)! How lucky am I?! Cuyana was one of the first ethical/sustainable companies I discovered back when I watched The True Cost film for the first time. I’ve been admiring (& purchasing) their products ever since. The Saddle Bag is one of their more iconic pieces and incredibly representative of the brand.

It’s safe to say that I don’t have a rather large handbag collection at all and definitely needed a bag that would compliment outfits in my wardrobe that my other bags just weren’t doing. Apparently, I’m in a rather blushy mood lately pairing my new Cuyana bag with my new Classic Blush Kulani Kinis watch that I recently styled here. The two work beautifully together!

Let’s get into why I love Cuyana and go over a review of the bag. Saddle up!

Saddle Up Cuyana Saddle Bag
Saddle Up Cuyana Saddle Bag

Outfit Details:


Top (Old. Similar ethical one here)


Watch (use code SAFFY15 for 15% off!)

Bracelet (similar here)

Ring (similar ethical one here)


Shoes (Sold out. Similar ethical pair here)



Saddle Up Cuyana Saddle Bag

Cuyana was founded by two powerful women who were on a mission to create top-quality and timeless products for the modern woman. Their motto is “Fewer, Better Things” and it absolutely shines through with their carefully curated collection. Their promotion of a lean closet is one I’m striving to achieve. Sadly, a lot of the clothes in my closet are not worn often enough. I’m, therefore, making a point to wear them more frequently or give them to someone else for loving.

Whilst I’ve been eyeing quite a few pieces from their website over the years, I’d had my heart set on the Saddle Bag. Designed in San Francisco and made in Italy, the premium full grain Italian leather has a gorgeous suede finish. You can instantly feel the quality of this bag by its weight and sturdiness.

Saddle Up Cuyana Saddle Bag
Saddle Up Cuyana Saddle Bag

The only downfall with the bag is it’s susceptibility for getting dirty. You’ll have to be careful when wearing dark clothing as it may rub off on the bag. However, this has happened with many other light-coloured leather bags I’ve owned in the past. It’s no surprise this could happen to a blush-toned suede & leather bag like this one. Because it has such a beautiful, light leather, it definitely has me fearing that dark clothes won’t be the only thing to dirty it. I’ve only taken it out for a spin a couple of times since owning it. It exits my closet when I know I won’t get rained on or have a drink spilled on me at a dimly-lit restaurant. Paranoia at its finest!

It’s not a cheap bag, nor should it be. The quality invested in the creation and design of this work of art is apparent and thus does mean that I’m extra cautious to take care of this new addition to my wardrobe. Cuyana is definitely one of the higher-end ethical brands with higher priced items, but their products are of such high quality that you will find them deserving of their price-point.

Kulani Kinis Watch

Saddle Up Cuyana Saddle Bag
Saddle Up Cuyana Saddle Bag

Photos by Mo Summers

So, to sum it all up: I’m incredibly grateful to finally have this long-standing member of my wishlist in my possession. It has lived up to all expectations and then some. The only downfall is its susceptibility for getting dirty with such a light-coloured leather and suede used on the bag. However, this would happen with any bag of similar characteristics and so I would not fault Cuyana for this. I think I’ll be saving up for their mini black saddle bag next for a great alternative to match my darker-themed outfits.

Saddle up and go check out Cuyana if you have not already!





  • Chelsea
    November 3, 2019

    Hi! This is gorgeous! I am looking to purchase this bag. How has it held up? Does it get stained easily? Im between this color and the caramel. Thank you!

    • simplysaffy
      November 4, 2019

      Hi Chelsea! It IS gorgeous! I’ve had this bag for a couple of years now and it’s still withstood the rest of time. Surprisingly it has no marks on it (considering it has a suede front) but I wonder if that’s because I’m particularly careful with it? Knowing I’m a total klutz I’d say your bets are safe 🙂 It doesn’t hold it’s shape because it’s not a structured bag so if you don’t like that then I’d avoid it, but I quite like the look of the casual shape it has. It’s one of my all-time favourite bags and if you do end up getting it, hope you fall in love with it just as much as I have! Honestly, both the nude and caramel colours are gorgeous! Just go for whichever you think you’ll get styled more! 🙂 Let me know if I can help with any other questions!!! xxx

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