I love researching the brands that Anthropologie buys from. Recently I have been interested in Tano, maker of the Banana Cream Tote ($188) above. Every time I see the bag, I think ‘I love it!’ quickly followed by ‘I can’t justify the price for something that resembles a flattened bowling bag.’

The tote also comes in red, which I have not seen online but has popped up in the NYC Anthropologies a few times. What strikes me is the craftsmanship. The leather is tucked in the corners of the bag to create lean lines and the stitching is thick (double-sewn up by the straps). A bit of research and I found Tano’s website. Read their FAQs, they’re a kick!

Cruising around the bag section I found this bag, which they call the French Nanny but will be better known to Anthro fans as the Snapping Lawns Bag (was $99 on sale, currently out of stock online). During the big sale in-store I bought a very similar bag, which has the same leather color and shape but different straps. Its original price matches the Snapping Lawns Bag so I am wondering if it is the Snapping Lawns bag. Some photos:

The bag I bought is on the left.
(Steve Madden bag on the right,
shoes at top for size comparison.)

UPDATE: After combing Polyvore I realized I had this bag in my items. Anthro called it the Lichen Bag ($288) but I’m not sure what Tano called it.


  1. January 22, 2009 / 2:43 pm

    Those are really cute! I love good quality leather bags. Anthro's selection is always unique. Your bag is quite cute, as well. I have a smallish green leather bag similar to your color that I bought through Anthro online a couple years bag and I love it. Tano's FAQs are quite amusing. I think I'm going to try one of the boutiques near me to see them in person. Thanks for the info!P.S. I've finally started a blog of my own! I'd love if you stopped by. I need readers! 🙂

  2. January 22, 2009 / 3:31 pm

    While the bag you got at Anthro's sales is very cute, I don't think it could be the French Nanny bag as listed on Tano's website. The straps are completely different for one- the French Nanny's are flat and in the contrasting black that's found on the rest of the bag, while your Anthro bag has very cute braided straps and no contrasting color.Also be careful of your bag's leather, all of the Tano bags I've known scuff very easily.

  3. Blondmoma
    January 22, 2009 / 4:28 pm

    I am a huge Tano fan and own 3 of them. I have 2 of the boogie bag style in papaya/ brown straps and the raspberry/ black straps. I just purchased a sex bomb in green. I love the colors but they do fade and scuff over time. You have to moisturize them with leather balm. If you get pan on them-forget it. They are pricey for the up keep but I always get compliments on them.

  4. January 23, 2009 / 1:27 am

    Marta B. — welcome back! I will be sure to check out your blog this weekend. :)I agree with your take, Jamie, the bag I have is probably not the Snapping Lawns bag even though the color is similar.

  5. JaneK
    January 25, 2009 / 2:15 am

    Hi!The reddish colored bag was actually online over the summer/fall seasons. I thought it was really unique, and the yellow is even more tempting!Great info- Thanks!

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