Rated 5 out of 5Â by nyckat glam yet functional tote
Got this bag a week ago and have been putting it through the ringer so to speak. I was originally worried that when the bag was more on the empty side that it would feel bulky but that is not true. When bag is on the empty side it sort-of compresses against my side because the leather is very soft, however it can hold everything I need for a marathon NYC day and then some. It easily fits my laptop, lunch, umbrella, hat/gloves and all other purse essentials. I was worried that the calf hair would shed, but even wearing it with a black coat did not find this to be true. The straps are long enough that it comfortably fits over my shoulder even when wearing a heavier jacket so it is truly a shoulder bag. I do not find that having only 1 inside pocket is inconvenient as I have many other bags that also only have one and am perfectly used to it. Overall, for the unique and luxurious look of this bag it is a great deal.
December 4, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by FlirtyDreamer Cute Everyday Tote
Loved the look of this tote and I wasn't disappointed with the style. Deceptively narrow, it has enough room for my iPad, wallet, makeup baggie, small hairbrush, and tiny notebook. A couple of quality issues make me glad I didn't pay full price for this, because it's not really built like it should be for that price.
The bottom has no structure at all, and I'm considering cutting some heavy duty cardboard to fit, and covering it with fabric, so the bottom doesn't sag. It's not too bad when it's stuffed, but I don't want a heavy, crammed-full bag every day. The single pocket is big enough for my phone, but it's stiff, has no closure, and is close to the top of the bag so I'm afraid the phone could easily fall out. The tote doesn't have any closure either, so I'm planning on adding a snap or velcro closure for needed security. There's also no lining -- the blue-gray interior pictured is the back of the leather. Not a huge deal to me, but it's "wipe clean only" and lack of a more easily cleaned lining will probably make it permanently shabby-looking after a while.
It's very cute but at full price I should not have been needing to DIY anything. Recommended for the cute style at sale price, but not more.
January 12, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Victorianist Computer bag rather than purse
I love anything silver and on-line this bag looked like an ideal purse to add shome shine to a more basic outfit.
Unfortunately, I found it to be even more narrow than it appears on-line, so that while it is tall and capacious it looks overstuffered when I add some of my usual purse objects, detracting from the clean sleek lines. I think this would work very well as a bag to hold an ipad, paperback and wallet, but with my water bottle and wipes (a must with young kids) it was just too much.
I also found the bag to look somewhat cheap in person. Yes, I know--it is a silver cow-hide bag, not exactly Downton Abbey material. Still, the leather feels more stuff and the contrast between the fur and worn silver bits (on mine at least) looks less subtle and supple.
January 4, 2013