I’ve been thinking of introducing these types of posts for a long time now. Many years before makeup took over my life (dramatic I know), I was an avid handbag collector. I’ve been collecting for close to 7-8 years now and have amassed quite a collection (I type like this is something to be proud of, but don’t worry, I have my head on straight!)
One of the issues I’ve run into over the last couple years is when I want to purchase some of my bags online but struggling with the lack of reviews or photos. In fact the bag that triggered all of this was the Rebecca Minkoff Camera Bag, as I’ve been on the hunt for a chic camera bag, but there are hardly any helpful reviews on this particular bag, and as it is not readily available in Australia I would need to do an order online. Something I’m not prepared to do without more information.
And so the idea of reviewing my own handbags was born! Hopefully by doing these types of posts I can help contribute to the community and help others make more informed decisions 🙂
I thought why not start off with my currently everyday bag and then move on from there. This is my Prada Saffiano Lux Small Tote in Black. I purchased this from a Prada store late last year as a birthday or Christmas gift to myself! I can’t remember now since my birthday is so close to Christmas!
Anyways, the reason I decided to purchase this bag is because my old everyday bag, the Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 just wasn’t cutting it in terms of business. I needed something I could hold a full sized iPad, potentially some documents and something that appeared a bit more professional as my job requires working with many different clients.
As this is a very popular bag, there were plenty of photos online to help me with my decision. Not to mention, local Prada stores meant I could go in and examine the bag in person before making my purchase.
I’ve tried to provide as many photos I possible, demonstrating the size in comparison to an A4 piece of paper, how many things you can fit in it and even how it looks on someone of my build. For those curious I’m around 5’2 / 157cm and weight between 40kg to 45kg / 88lbs to 99lbs.
The photos probably speak more than words can! But what it can’t speak of is the quality. This is amazing quality, I’ve been using it almost everyday for around 9-10 months now and it still looks good as new. And whilst I do look after my bags (I won’t rest it on the floor when going out, tend to let it sit on my lap or behind me on my chair etc) I don’t baby them a ton either. I will fill this bag up to the brim where it can look like the leather is getting distorted (but not for weeks on end, just days), especially during more stressful periods at work. I’ve carried it by just one handle many times, I’ve swung it around etc. This bag has had its workout, and I’ve never seen any part of it loosen or give way.
I’ve not taken a knife to it, but it has brushed up against gravel or rough walls a number of times, and still not a scratch. The leather as well as the bag is durable, and being black means it helps maintain that “new” look for longer. It’s definitely a good work bag in terms of longevity.
If you work in the corporate industry where documents / meetings are a common thing then this may be perfect for you! I know plenty prefer the latest versions, I chose the smaller one because of my physical size. As you can see it suits my frame perfectly (the larger one made me look a bit swamped), but if you’re taller then I reckon you can get away with the larger version.
All in all, I -love- this bag! It’s perfect for everyday, it holds everything I ever need. It does come with an across the body strap but I’ve never used this for a number of reasons, I carry about 5-6kgs worth of items in my bag (I like to be prepared) and so with that sort of weight, a thin shoulder strap tends to get uncomfortable. I much prefer to wear it on my arm or handheld.
Let me know what you thought of this post, whether I could have included more information and if so what! Also I’d love to know what bags you’d love to see reviewed!
Lastly, I did feature this bag in a “What’s in my bag” video, which I’ll link below in case you’re curious 🙂