I've been reading about these Mochila bags for quite some time. Vogue told me to get an authentic one in South America (no problem, I'll be right there), and stylist-to-the-stars Simone Harouche has a line of insanely expensive versions in addictive colors and prints. The price stops me every time but I have to admit I have a sweet spot for these bags. They're vibrantly colored, and most importantly, they look like I can pile just about anything in there (which I do on a daily basis). So when I happened into Beads of Paradise, it wasn't the strings of beads that caught my eye but the authentic Mochila bags piled high to the ceiling. Exactly what I had been looking for for so long, these cool patchwork and beaded totes and messenger bags had a tribal element that I loved and a price tag that I could actually live with. My eyes were open and I knew what I wanted. Sometimes waiting to find the next best thing actually does pay off.
(photo: courtesy of Beads of Paradise)