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The Lafayette Bucket Bag
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The Lafayette Bucket Bag
The Lafayette Bucket Bag
The Lafayette Bucket Bag
Product Details
Style, meet substance. Streamlined, simple and logo-free, this fresh take on a traditional bucket bag has both a single top strap (perfect for slinging in the crook of your arm) and a crossbody option. Bonus: a cool little luggage tag (complete with our signature collar stud closure).  
  • Made of Italian vegetable-tanned leather that burnishes with wear into a beautiful patina.
  • Please note: As it is made of a natural material, each bag varies slightly in texture and color.
  • Drawstring closure.
  • Interior pocket.
  • 6" handle drop.
  • 11 1/5"H x 15"W x 8 7/10"D.
  • Import.
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The Lafayette Bucket Bag

The Lafayette Bucket Bag is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 40.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Right I've been on a Goldilocks search for the perfect Madewell bag. I was looking for an everyday purse. First I tried the Transport Tote (too big), then the Glasgow Satchel (too small) and finally found the Lafayette Bucket Bag (just right). This bag is perfection. The leather is strong and smooth. I love that is is not pebbled, but flat. Looks classier to me. It has just the right amount of bling in the hardware. I love that Madewell is so understated in their designs. So many brands emblazon their logos all over the bag. The size is perfect for every day use... it fits everything you need without being overwhelming. Madewell really hit a home run with this one.
Date published: 2015-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great proportions & looks luxe! I could not be happier with this bag! I love the two strap options - the shorter one for over the shoulder or in the crook of the elbow AND the longer strap for crossbody. It has two slim inside pockets that fit my iPhone 6 perfectly and a larger pocket for my keys, lipsticks, etc. Mansur Gavriel at a better price point.
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love! The leather is so thick, buttery, and supple! It's a little stiff but the leather should break in beautifully. I love the shoulder strap and the crossbody strap, it looks great worn either way. I'm 5' 1" so this bag looks a little big on me but I love big bags. This is definitely a keeper! Worth every penny :)
Date published: 2015-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect bucket bag I am obsessed with this bag! I had been pining for it for months and received it as a graduation gift. The leather is beautiful and I love the option of using a short or long strap. It's also quality without being pretentious. It holds everything I need. I do wish there was a zipper pocket to keep some things hidden, but the big pocket is deep enough to make up for it. Some people mentioned wishing they could close the bag. I personally have never closed a purse even when it had a zipper, so it didn't bother me. If you've ever wanted a bucket bag or wanted something a little different than what's out there, this is the bag for you!
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp bag I ordered it "sight" unseen and from the website. When it arrived I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is a sturdy and dense leather. Not thin and wavering. The cross body is a good length. This strap CAN be detached. The other one is a pretty tight drop. It looks good in the crook of the elbow too. This one CANNOT be detached. The leather smells good too like found in very good cowboy boots. The interior does not have any zippered compartments rather slip pockets. I carry quite a few things in it. A full size zip around wallet, an 18 month planner, a mid to large cosmetic bag, a hard sunglasses case and then smaller miscellaneous items like the phone charger and keys. I have everything situated on their sides and upright. It actually makes it easier for me to grab things too. What could make it better? Feet. A bag that looks like this should have feet. It would complete it.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Impressed I ordered this during the huge sale a few weeks ago. Even with the discount--I will be returning this. It's awkwardly sized and honestly poor quality. The leather is cheap and nowhere near the quality I've seen on the Transport Tote. The color is dull as well. Why is that? The bag arrived with a few scratches (this kind of leather scratches easily), the strap is too long, the bag is too big for my body (I'm not small--I'm average height/weight), and it does not properly close. I adore Madewell, but this is a huge miss. I wish I saw this in person before buying it. If you are on the fence I would recommend heading to a store to check it out first.
Date published: 2015-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bag with space but not overpowering! Love this bag! My cousin had one and I knew once I say it that I wanted it! It has a big enough bucket to store all my "stuff" but I can still carry it easily as a cross body.
Date published: 2015-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gorgeous color I've been eyeing this bag since it first came out. I am in love with the color. It's a little stiff to begin with but it's spacious enough for more than just a wallet, phone, and water bottle. Just the right size for me.
Date published: 2015-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple bucket bag that's the perfect size! I highly recommend this bag. It fits a laptop perfectly and it can be worn over the shoulder or across the body.
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Bag I love this bag!!! Perfect large - sized purse without feeling like you are carrying luggage with you. I have a small child and this bag is big enough to fit all her extra items along with my wallet, phone, planner, etc. The leather is beautiful and has an all over look and feel of high quality. I look forward to using this bag for a long time.
Date published: 2015-12-04
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