Madewell Crossbody Bag in Handwoven Leather Review

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I’m usually either sporting a utilitarian belt bag or carrying a clutch or wristlet for a fancy event. However, I’ve recently come to terms with the fact that owning a mid-size option really is a matter of practicality — even for a phone, keys, and card case kind of person like myself. I’m a sucker for woven leather (I’ve been wearing this woven leather belt on repeat) and have been eyeing handbag versions that have varied in price and quality. I got my hands on Madewell’s Crossbody Bag in Handwoven Leather ($128), and it’s since become a daily outfit staple.

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What I Like About the Madewell Crossbody Bag in Handwoven Leather

The structure and size of this bag is exactly what I’ve been looking for. The rectangular silhouette means you can cram a surprising amount inside — in addition to my sunglasses, card case, lip gloss, keys, and wallet, I even managed to stow away a carton of gum and a charger. Unlike other bags I own that taper at the top, the boxier shape makes it easier to pull out what you need. It also has an internal pocket that’s convenient for separating items you don’t want to get lost in the shuffle. The adjustable strap means you can shorten or lengthen the scope of the bag so that it hangs exactly where you want it to, whether that’s tucked under your arm or resting at your hip. The leather feels sturdy without looking stiff, and I know it will only look better over time as the leather acquires its patina. The gold-tone hardware is minimal but beautiful, and I love that it has a simple zip top that glides opens and closes smoothly without getting caught.

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What’s Worth Noting About the Madewell Crossbody Bag in Handwoven Leather

This bag is crafted from genuine leather that was sourced from a Leather Working Group-certified tannery. When opting for real versus faux or vegan leather, I like knowing the leather was vetted by an organization that promotes sustainable environmental practices in the industry.

Who Is the Madewell Crossbody Bag in Handwoven Leather Best For?

If you’re petite and struggle with finding a crossbody bag that doesn’t hang too low, the adjustable strap on this one is a game changer! It’s a fantastic everyday bag that you can dress down during the daytime or wear out at night, and it’s compact, but not so small that you can’t pack all of your essentials and then some.

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Where Is the Madewell Crossbody Bag in Handwoven Leather Available to Shop?

You can grab the Madewell Crossbody Bag in Handwoven Leather at Amazon (in Pale Oyster or True Black) and Madewell.

Additional Details

  • It comes in four colors: True Black, Warm Coffee (which I’m wearing), Ash Green, and Pale Oyster.
  • It’s made from LWG-certified leather.
  • It features a zip closure, an internal pocket, and an adjustable strap.



Angela Elias is a contributing editor for PS Commerce. In her former roles at PS, she led the relaunch of its Latine identity and family-focused verticals, directed its Home vertical, and hosted shopping segments for TV Guide Network and video content for brands like Pier 1 and Walgreens. She has nearly 15 years of experience working in the lifestyle space as a writer, editor, content strategist, director, on-camera talent, and publicist.

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