ENAT: Madewell's Competition for Leather Goods.

I’ve happily owned an ENAT leather tote from the beginnings. I have had multiple bags in the past from other carriers and I have never been more impressed by the quality of ENAT’s bags.

There’s so much I can say about the quality of these bags. But I’ll keep it short and simple. I have had my tote for more than 2 years now and I have never had an issue with it. No fraying, no tearing, and the aging on the leather has been recognized even by men! If anything, I can’t tell you the amount of times guys have asked to feel and pull on the straps just to excavate it for its quality. 100% of them always shook their head quietly in surprise and approval.

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This year they came out with two new colors which I adore. You have an almost marigold color in both the large tote and backpack and then large and smaller totes in a warm, reddish cognac color. Fall doesn’t know what’s hitting them.

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Another win in my book is how they ethically source their materials and the people who produce them. They are ALL about fair labor and these artisans are based in Ethiopia, where one of the founders live. Even the bags that come our a little “odd” are still sold online at a discount because they don’t want to throw away materials. Any folks, these are perfectionists selling this. There is nothing odd at all about their bags, but hell, we’ll take 20%!

Even then the prices are still more than reasonable. You can easily spend hundreds at Madewell for their leather goods, and the quality doesn’t seem to come near ENAT’s for a significantly lower cost. Not to bust Madewell’s fabric balls, but there’s something missing and I’m an avid shopper there.

This is not a sponsored ad. I thoroughly enjoy their products and worth ethics. I have both their tote and backpack and receive compliments daily on them. If you’re looking for a great product and wonderful people who sell them, look no further.

The Bakery You Overlooked in Boston

BOVA'S BAKERY

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Not to dis Mike’s Pastry, but if you’re wanting to avoid the lines and devour traditional, Italian sweets, head over to Bova’s Bakery where the line is half as long and the desserts are twice as good.

They are a family-owned bakeshop that opened in 1932. I have never had a cannoli up until this point, mainly because I couldn’t justify buying a piece of dough stuffed with icing, but holy...cannoli (yeah, I went there)! One, I love that they pipe them for you on the spot instead of having the dough get soggy sitting out for too long. Most of the cannolis I have had now, just don’t meet the sweetness in the roll I ate that afternoon.

This shop is small, so when there is a crowd, it makes it difficult to walk around in. The options are endless: snacks, on snacks, on snacks. The smell lures you in, which was comforting on a cold walk. The warmth of the ovens and the crowd of people made it easy to wait in line. The cannolis go by quick, so get your elbows ready and warm up those vocal chords to shout your order . Those who served us were kind and playful. I enjoyed listening to their accents, giggling privately every time someone spoke and mimicking them to Dave. Of course Dave pokes me in my side to chill out, but I can’t help but dance in their vibrato and Italian mannerisms. It’s those moments where you feel like you’re being swept to another country.

A win for me is that they are open for 24 hours a day. 24 HOURS. So there is no excuse to not visit and enjoy the North End bakery.

(134 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113)(Open 24 hours a day)