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Loewe Paulas Ibiza Anagram Basket Bag Review
Pants xs (so breezy & comfy), tote bag, tank top xxs, mini belt xxs, earrings, similar sandals, sunglasses

I’ve been eying these woven bags by Loewe and Celine since last summer, and from your feedback on IG, it seems that several of you were interested in the same! I wanted to share some initial thoughts on style, size and quality after trying them on a few times before making my decision.

These days I prefer to buy preowned if possible, but having stalked my usual bag reseller sites, these particular styles are a rare sighting and have been priced similar to retail. I know a woven designer tote may not be the best long term value (if that’s important, go pre-owned on a timeless leather style), but nevertheless a piece I’d enjoy as part of my collection!

Celine teen triomphe classic panier
Sézane sweater xxs (such a classic staple), Express pants (current version ; similar at Zara, Ann Taylor), $15 sunglasses, Edited Pieces flats (similar style)
1. Celine Triomph Panier Tote

Sizes: Teen (7″x8″x4″) and Medium (10″x10″x5″)

I’m going to start with this one, since I have countless European-chic inspo shots saved on my phone featuring this bag, and was pretty sure it was going to be “the” summer tote for me. I ordered the white from Celine’s website (photo at the bottom of this post), and was a little surprised upon opening the package. The bag was just loose in a big cardboard box with no dust bag or packaging, and a little misshapen likely from transit. While I know every straw bag will have variations due to the woven nature, the bag also had several loose fraying pieces. For this reason I’d suggest picking out a bag in person, if you have the option to visit a store locally.

While I returned the white bag, it’s definitely a cute tote and I just love the Teen size. I also like that there’s one long shoulder strap in addition to the shorter handles.

petite friendly Celine and Loewe woven bags
2. Loewe Anagram Basket Tote

Sizes: Small (6.7″x15″x5″), Medium (9.6″x18″x6″) and Large (13″x24.8″x8″). Medium and Large have 2 sets of handles (both long and short), while the Small has 1 set of handles.

Compared to the popular Loewe basket bag with the square leather patch, I was drawn more to this anagram tote for it’s more delicate, feminine design. I hadn’t seen it in person until coming across a return at Saks, and couldn’t stop thinking about it afterwards! The woven material on this style is more lightweight and pliable with a smooth finish compared to their more well-known tote, and it felt comfortable and flexible under my arm without sticking out.

And after trying on both the Celine and Loewe bags in person, the intricacies and workmanship of the Loewe woven tote seemed higher quality and more refined. Though I can’t speak to how they compare after regular use.

Loewe Paula's Ibiza medium tote petite review

The Anagram tote also features Loewe’s clever multi-handle design which swivels from the bag, so you can carry it 3 ways: on the shoulder, in the crook of your arm, or hand carry. The Medium is my size of choice, as it has a spacious capacity without feeling overwhelming in size. The small did not seem useful to me since it’s shallower in size with a wide open top.

For considerations / cons, a few of you mentioned that due to the wide opening, things can fall out of this tote. With any bag that has such a big opening, I like to use a drawstring purse dustbag inside as a more secure liner bag. Another consideration is that the long shoulder straps are tubular shaped instead of flat, and flat may feel more comfortable on the shoulders if the bag is loaded up with weight. And lastly, this is minor but instead of the leather tie closure in the middle, I would’ve preferred a magnetic tab.

3. Sézane Justine Basket Tote

I wanted to mention Sézane’s woven basket tote for when they restock – it sold out quickly upon its initial release! The Sézane features a similar 2 handle swivel design, but the functionality seems better than Loewe’s because the alternate handle can always be hidden and tucked inside. Due to the design of the Loewe handles, when you’re using the short handles you can tuck the long ones inside, but when you use the long handles the short ones can only hang outside of the bag. I’ll be sure to share thoughts if I get to try this bag on in person.

4. Loewe Small Square Basket Bag

Size: One size (8.1″x10.4″x3.9″)
Sold at: Saks, Net-a-porter

Also part of the Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza collection, this raffia bag with adjustable strap was actually the first Loewe tote I fell in love with, and almost pulled the trigger on a handful of times. It’s super petite-friendly in size, and compared to the open totes mentioned above, this one has more firm shape and structure but still fits comfortably under the arm. It completely depends on what you’re looking for, but since I have several more structured, smaller woven handbags, I wanted a more casual and roomier tote for this purchase.

Loewe small Paula's Ibiza bag
Loewe Paula's Ibiza woven bag review
Inside view of the Loewe Anagram tote with the swivel handles and a leather string tie
Other Celine Tote Variations

Before returning the misshapen Celine bag from my initial online order, I snapped a photo just in case anyone was interested in the white color (which I wasn’t able to find in stores).

Steve Madden two piece short set petite summer outfit

And the medium Celine tote size (pictured below in blue) was not a contender for me due to the long straps and big size, but in case it’s helpful, here’s how it looks against a 5ft tall frame.

Loewe vs Celine woven tote bags petite try on

I’d love to hear what your favorite summer bag is or what’s on your wishlist!