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We thought cinch bags were better left off in 1999, but we'd happily reconsider now that Proper Assembly has come up with a luxury version. The Brooklyn-based brand just launched this week, with a mission: For every bag sold, Proper Assembly will make a contribution covering the production costs of a tote bag used by entrepreneurs in developing countries. It doesn't hurt either that their budding line --which also includes backpacks and duffle bags -- is made using fine Italian linen and vegetable-tanned leather.
For their update on the cinch bag, designers Becky Shim Paguia and Nate Poekert added functionality, with a practical zip front pocket and an interior slip pocket, and smart leather shoulder pads on the drawstrings, for a more comfortable wear. We also love the color palette, with six shades ranging from radiant ochre, to understated sage, to trendy stripes, camo or checks.
No.3 Cinch Bag by Proper Assembly, $125, ProperAssembly.com