Joy Bryant has teamed up with handbag aficionado and friend Monica Botkier on a charitable purse that might just be that perfect summer carryall. The Joy Satchel ($575), made of soft brown pebble leather, features cool topstitching and a detachable shoulder strap so you can carry it as a tote or sling it over your shoulder like a messenger bag. "Inside is a detachable clutch that is the perfect size to take out at night," Bryant told us. "It's like three bags in one! I love bags that are hip-slung and this one is made of the kind of leather that ages really well and will get nice and worn and rugged looking." And the bag isn't just functional: it also helps a good cause. Fifty percent off the proceeds benefit Oxfam America, an anti-poverty charity where Bryant is an ambassador.
"I am a Sister on the Planet for Oxfam. It's an initiative engaging women of all walks of life to raise awareness about the environment. I hosted a cocktail party in N.Y.C. to talk about the work we are doing and Monica [Botkier] came and asked, 'How can I be a part of this?'" said Bryant. "I love the notion of creating a product where your dollars are helping make someone's life better." Bryant is going to Tanzania later this year to educate farmers and coffee growers on sustainable farming methods . . . and, she says, "I can't wait to show the women the bag—I hope they dig it!" The The Joy Satchel is sold exclusively at shopbop.com.
—Joyann King, with reporting by Angela Salazar