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Product ID: 301770

Bolivian Tooled Leather Bag, "Journey to La Paz"

Craftspeople working in the traditions of rural Bolivian villages merge... more

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Craftspeople working in the traditions of rural Bolivian villages merge colonial-influenced designs with indigenous leatherworking skills to create this handsome shoulder bag. Working at a studio in La Paz, they hand-tool intricate designs into the thick, natural leather. The shoulder bag features one inside zip pocket and one open front pocket under the flap.

  • 0.55 kgs
  • 1.2 lbs
  • 24.1 cm H x 24.8 cm W x 7.6 cm D
  • 9.5" H x 9.75" W x 3" D

  • Leather
  • Adjustable strap(s)
  • Genuine leather may naturally show subtle marks, scratches or wrinkles
  • Free Gift Wrap? No
  • Premium Gift Wrap? No
  • Made in Bolivia.
  • Ships fast from USA.
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10/01/2015

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"Very happy !"

I had been eyeing this purse for my wife for awhile now. I got it for her as a surprise gift and she couldn't be more happier with it. It is genuine quality that will last a lifetime. Not to mention very stylish.

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07/23/2011

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"Great bag! Beware of colour variations.."

It really is a nice bag; well crafted and large enough to hold my everyday things without being too large. I'm 6ft tall and sometimes have a hard time finding bags with long enough straps - this one adjusts perfectly. My one disappointment was in the colour variation -- I expected some variations (it is hand crafted, after all) but some of the leather pieces in my bag were much lighter (more sand coloured), not the dark brown as pictured. It still looks very nice, but it wasn't the "look" I was expecting. I kept the bag since it does look good (the different coloured pieces work harmoniously; they are not patchy looking). I do really like the bag and use it everyday. I gave it 3 stars due to the colour variation.

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09/06/2014

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"excellent gift"

looks unique

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05/13/2015

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"Beautiful, solid bag. I absolutely love it!"

Unlike some other reviewers, I encountered no offensive "chemical" smell. When I removed it from the shipping plastic, it smelled like good leather. It did need cleaning and conditioning, but I do this of all my leather goods. I expect this bag to last for years and will possibly be the last handbag I ever need to buy.

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09/19/2014

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"beautiful purse!"

I use the purse every day. I keep my glasses and cell phone in the external side pocket under the flap. The strap can be extended so it can be used as a cross body which is how I use it. The workmanship and leather are top notch. It reminds me of a bag I had in the 1970 s that I loved too. I will buy more items from NG now that I see the quality of this bag.

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02/01/2013

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"Very nice, BUT"

Very pretty bag and well made, too. BUT, the closure is very difficult to use, the bag itself is a bit small and the inside pockt (zippered) is totally useless because it is so small and flat. I had bought it as a present, but I returned it rather than giving it.

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01/30/2015

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"horrible smell"

This product is not worth the money. It smells like oil, very nauseating. Also the leather is very stiff like you are carrying a saddle.

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10/07/2011

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"What's causing that smell?"

I was so happy when I saw this bag in the catalog. I have been looking for one just like this for a long time.When it arrived, it was just as in the photo, but when I took it out of the plastic bag that it was wrapped in there was a strong smell. I think it is from whatever they used as a lining. ( not leather) I have been letting it air out and have been wiping the inside with Febreze and the smell is now not as strong. We will see.

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07/09/2014

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"Love that bag!"

It's perfect

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02/28/2012

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"Wonderful leather handbag"

love the bag..but put it out in the cold garage area to remove the smell when received. think the leather was the culptrit. left it there and the odor disappeared in time. does not smell anymore.

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04/24/2012

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"Stiff as a board"

I knew this bag was not going to be made of ultra-soft leather, but I didn't expect to be able to stand on it and not have it bend or give at all. I usually use a bag smaller than this & can fit everything I need to carry in it, because the leather gives. I couldn't fit as much in this larger bag because of the stiffness.

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12/02/2011

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"Love the look, hate the smell"

I loved the look of this bag. I was looking for something "saddle bag" style and liked this one better than any others I've found. However, like another review mentioned, it has an unpleasant odor. I did not want to risk keeping it to see if the odor went away so I sent it back. Would have loved the bag without the smell.

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03/02/2012

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"Just What I Expected!"

Replaced my Europen style leather carryall with this bag. It is super! Doesn't smell like some have said. Just the wonderful smell of hard thick leather. Use it everyday to carry wallet, meds, pens, check books and cell phone. Better than having a big bulge in my back pants pocket.

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08/28/2014

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"Great gift for my wife"

Great product. My wife likes it

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12/16/2015

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"Very disappointed"

I was very disappointed. Leather is hard and stiff quality of this item is good .color is different a lot different. Mine verry dark.dose not look two toned . Hard to open and close. MAY be good for a safari. But not for me . It scuffs. Will look old in time . I will send it back.

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12/07/2013

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"Gorgeous bag!"

Everyday bag, quality workmanship, stylish Have had MANY compliments on this bag!

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10/07/2013

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"I absolutely love this bag."

I read the comments about smell and stiffness but I found no disappointment at all with this bag. It is just what I hoped it would be. I have been looking for a bag like this for ages. It is a beauty.

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02/28/2013

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"Simply beautiful"

The smell takes a while to disapear. I guess it must be the oil finish that they apply to it.

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12/16/2011

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"Not quite what I was hoping for ..."

Bought this for my wife, but I am sending it back ... the leather is hard and rigid; the back is concave, which is unattractive; it will be hard to clasp and unclasp; the color is lighter than in the photo.

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01/17/2012

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"Super Bag"

Good quality leather, thick and robust. The clasp takes a little long to close, but I'll get use to it. The customer service was excellent after some shipping issues (my mistake). They were really kind and responded quickly.

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12/02/2016

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"Questionable Handbag"

I've cleaned the leather with Leather Lotion and a lot of the dye came off, so I'm not sure about using it with lighter-colored clothing. The rim around the back felt a bit sticky after cleaning. It's still stiffer than I expected. It's a lovely purse, but I'm not convinced it is all leather. I've googled the designer, Anna Cainzo, and there's no current information; many sites indicate "error", or "wrong page". Check some of the second-hand sites first before shelling out the $$$. Most prices are far lower than is offered here, even though I did get a great discount on Cyber Monday, which was a nice touch.

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11/04/2011

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"update on smell!"

I would like to update my previous review. The smell of the bag has faded. I let it air out for about 2 weeks and wiped down the inside a few times with Febreeze. I am now using the bag everyday and really like it.

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05/14/2015

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"Truly beautiful"

I was very happy with this purchase. The craftsmanship is exceptional and it is extremely sturdy. I now use this as my go to purse for most days because I know it can take the wear and will actually look even better if slightly worn! Unless something catastrophic occurs, this bag will last a life-time and stay beautiful forever, as with most things of true quality. I looked at several tooled bags and thought this one was very tastefully done....ornate but not too. Truly lovely.

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02/17/2015

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"Not for me"

Not user-friendly. Would be difficult to access during travel. I have returned it.

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08/11/2014

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"Beautiful Bag"

Beautiful and well-made. You won't find a handbag like this at a department store. It looks like something you found during a treasure hunt from one of your travels. The color is darker than pictured, so expect some color variance. It has an adjustable strap that can be worn cross-bodied or on the shoulder. Yes, it does have a strong petroleum based odor, which I believe may be from finishing or dying agents. I couldn't wait to use it and didn't want to wait weeks or months for the odor to naturally air out, so I tackled the odor by wiping the entire bag down with leather cleaner and polish. I then stuffed and wrapped it with wrapping tissue, heavily spritzed with perfume, then stored it in a hat box for one week. The bag absorbed the scent from the perfume and I can no longer detect the original odor. Problem solved. I enjoy using my bag!

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02/04/2014

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"I'm so happy with this beautiful handbag"

Beautiful work, need belt to match!

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05/30/2013

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"Loved it."

I really love this purse! The first time I wore it I received lots of compliments. Some people have commented about a smell. Yes, there is a faint leather smell when you first get it, but just let it air out for a day or two and it goes away.

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11/08/2010

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"really am impressed"

I liked the picture upon ordering although the picture does not do the purse justice. I was quite impressed at the quality of material, & the leather stamped areas were really attractive. It will likely be in my purse holder longer than any other one. The depth is perfect and fits all my items. I believe an outside cell ph holder would benefit the purse - perhaps on the side. thanks its worth the price

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02/13/2013

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"wonderful"

My everday companion. Very stylish. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WORKMANSHIP. The color of the leather varies and is very charming. Good leather and will wear well. I noticed comments about a smell.. mine had a bit. But nothing bad.. doesn't everthing you don't have smell strange when you finally get it? All it takes is just a bit of airing and to putting your life into it.. absolutly love this hand bad!

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06/13/2019

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"not what I expected"

The leather of this purse is so thick and stiff it's more like a saddle bag than a lady's purse. The pockets are very tight also, there's not enough room to carry anything in them.

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