Motherhood is a cherished subject here with the Arayla girls at our L.A. office. We wear the title of “mama” proudly. We love bonding over the things we deal with as mothers like multitasking. In fact, we all reach for those lattes first thing in the morning. However, we also know that a little bright lipstick goes a long way in making us feel put together. Opcon-A eye drops do wonders for bleary eyes and a well-cut vintage blazer can instantly smarten up cute sneakers. Our favorite J Brand jeans with a butter-soft leather Arayla mama bag pulls the look together in the most comfortable and stylish way.
There is nothing better than finding that perfect mama bag, a handbag that can be used for multiple things from day with baby to work.
Of course, we all have our favorite multi-tasking Arayla bags for our school-age children. But what about our mamas to be and those with precious little newborns and toddlers? It seems like a lifetime ago for some of us. Others are either going through this stage currently or have just outgrown it. Many of our absolute best and most favorite finds have come from suggestions from our own girl tribes of talented and successful friends. We thought, why not pass a few of these along? Not everyone is prepared to leave their favorite leather satchel for that Petunia Pickle bottom or Jujube. Many of us want something that can transition for work or activities without baby. We want it to be easy to clean, to get better with wear, and to be made here in the United States. Presenting, the mama bag and baby bags we could not live without!
The Hepburn Mama Bag
Our first mama and baby bag might seem like a no brainer with its excellent capacity to expand. You cannot forget about that sonny’s pocket that can hold a bottle. The bag comes with super comfortable shoulder straps and a dreamy adjustable messenger strap. Both straps are in full-grain leather. Our Grande Hepburn has serious dimensions if you would like to substitute it for a piece of luxurious leather luggage. But it also drapes in the most stunning fashion that shows off the buttery texture and natural beauty of a full-grain, premium leather hide. Toss in a few diapers, a wipes container, an extra set of clothes, along with everything else and you are good to go.
Keeping Things Clean
Did sticky little hands get ahold of the lining while digging about for a toy? No worries at all. A little spot cleaning and a quick dry will keep the lining as gorgeous as ever. You can even use a little leather cream on the outside of the bag to keep it beautiful. Are you model tall or delicately petite? The Grande Hepburn provides a stylish look and great comfort for all sizes. Our mama-to-be in the photos is tiny but she carries the oversized mama bag look super well. Our beautiful model Mia is also a fan of the Grande Hepburn.
You can wear it crossbody or on the shoulder. In fact, the Grande Hepburn is the bag you will take from mama to be, to the fleeting and oh so precious newborn and toddler days and beyond. The handbag makes the perfect work tote or for weekend shopping trips and picnics in the park. You can even use it to travel adventures abroad and closer to home in your own amazing locale.
The Arayla Jett
But what if you prefer something with a tad more visual detail? The Arayla Jett satchel is a stunning take on a mid-size leather satchel (complete with that incredible sunglasses/bottle pocket) with all the excellent features of our Hepburn line. Those edgy yet luxurious studs give it a dash of glam and the front pocket makes it so convenient. Take Jett from the office worn on the elbow and decked out in a tailored shift and heels, to a casual day with joggers and a fitted tank. This mama bag goes with jeans and a well-cut linen top as well. Jett truly is one of our absolute favorite bags to take from work to play, from mama life to beyond.
The Harlow Mama Bag
Not much of a tote or satchel girl, but craving a shoulder bag that puts the focus on slouchy, delicious, buttery leather? The Harlow (both Classic and the incredible Market version) is the mama and baby bag beauty for you. Our bestselling handbag for good reason, Harlow is truly perfection in a hobo. The carefully crafted drape gives the Harlow hobo a beautiful silhouette worn on the shoulder and a wonderful soft shape as a messenger hobo. The dimensions are ideal, it can fit several diapers, a wipes container, a couple of swaddles, a change of clothing, and assorted baby/toddler essentials along with the usual must-haves for mama.
Classic and Market
Being constantly on the go and needing to schlep around a fair amount calls for a featherlight bag that hugs the body beautifully. The Harlow Market is a favorite of the Arayla girls for this very reason. While not all our girls have a need for a mama baby bag combo these days, we all own a Harlow Market because it is just that versatile, comfortable, and so effortlessly cool. On your own without the little ones? Both the Classic and Market versions accommodate most laptops if needed, look amazing empty for the minimalist who requires just a few essentials, and can double as an overnighter for most. Buttery soft, drapey, full-grain leather…the Harlow bags really do it best!
Women at Work
As a women-owned brand with modern girls who design for modern girls, the Arayla line truly is the perfect companion for every stage of life. From premium full-grain leathers and stunning yet easy to clean linings, comfortable shapes, thoughtful and highly functional details that women are always looking for in a bag, and just the right amount of stylish detail to stand out yet outlast passing trends, our artisan-crafted handbags made entirely in L.A. will be your most loved bag from single girl to married girl adventures to mamahood and beyond! xx