I have been not so patiently waiting to get this bag because I knew that I would be in love with it and I AM! Great bag- I am a graduate students and I work full time; the bag is so perfect because I can put all my work stuff and school stuff in one bag and comfortablly carry it around all day. The look of the bag is great and really adaptable. It is sort of that floppy bohemian, poor couture-look. The color is great and I am hopeful that it will age well and contribute to that rustic look. It is my new fav bag!
I was hoping to be able to post a picture to better indicate the size of the bag, the description and picture on the site make it sound/look enormous. I think the lady in the picture must be five feet tall and 100 lbs at best. On me (5'7" and, well, a lot heavier) it just looked like a large-ish bag. The top hit about mid bra-line and the bottom to mid hip while using the shoulder straps and empty. There is a zipper top to keep closed, the toggle close is cosmetic only. While the leather is lovely and seems well constructed, the lining material struck me as cheap and flimsy. It's also fairly lacking in pockets for such a large bag; were I to design it, I'd layer up a few more. The hardware all seems very sturdy and the toggle is riveted on. As another reviewer noted, the leather smell on this is unusually strong. After being out of the plastic for a few days, it's finally beginning to fade, but it was enough to be noticeable throughout my whole house. Ultimately, I'm sending this back. First because I wanted brown and was sent black (ordered through ****, they were very helpful about the return,as the website was misleading as to color), second because I was deciding between this and the Hazelle in the same brand, which fit my size needs better. But really a beautiful bag.
The previous reviews helped me with purchasing this bag and I'm glad I did. I got the brown and black and believe me! The compliments have been endless each time I carry them. The only concern I have is the hook the lock strap is supposed to be hooked on can be loose so watch out for that so you don't lose it. But besides getting it permanently fixed by the shoe repair guy :), it is worth it. The bag is timeless. You should get it. Brilliant design and lots of work in creating it. I give it a 9.7 out 10.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? looks exactly as displayed even better physically
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. All leather what can i tell you
- How accurate was the sizing? Perfect size
Returned bag. If you have a sensitive nose, this is not for you. Additionally, if you fill bag, it's difficult to latch, since bag has to fold to latch.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Color was fine.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Leather had a strong stench.
- How accurate was the sizing? Nice large bag.
I like the bag. I love big purses and this is unusual, in that the leather is pieced, which made it attractive. However, this bag has a musty smell, as if had gotten wet in the plastic covering. That is very slowly fading after I stuffed it with newspapers and left it to "air out". The small accessory bag also smells. I have yet to use the purse and don't know when it will be usable, but I intend to try to keep it and hope for the best. I would have given this a 4 or 5 star rating otherwise.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Good Color
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good Quality
- How accurate was the sizing? Very Accurate
Very large bag and just gorgeous. Lots of room and comes with a cute zipper change purse. Only down side, it has a strong chemical smell, not a leather smell which I actually like. I have it airing out now.. hopefully it will lessen over time.
I love my bag. I am fighting sisters-in law daily to try to "game" me out of the bag for the weekend. It is gorgeous. I have a leather bag collection that is legend among family. This bag was my "bag of the season" for 2012. Roomy. Looks lush but hip. I have to other Amerileather bags. This company makes the best bags for people who love bags, love huge bags with quality looks and love to give bags as gifts. I will be using my Amerileather bags religiously. And fighting to keep it from being reappropraited by my in-laws (smile).
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Perfect
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Fantastic
- How accurate was the sizing? The bag is HUGE!!!!
Great handbag if you need a very large bag. Good quality of leather. Big open space inside. Just too floppy for me, like my handbag to stand up so that I can find things easier.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Good
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. It was a good leather handbag. Just didn't like the big loop closure. Don't have time to close a bag that way. Good quality of leather, just way too big and floppy.
- How accurate was the sizing? too big
First of all let me say I have NEVER had a purse that people are constantly stopping me in the street tell me how much they like it...in a restaurant, in a doctors office, at an interview..I mean really?? lol Everyone seems to love this bag including me. The color on my screen is accurate for the tanned hide looking one. The model used to demo the bag must be really short and petite..,.granted the bag looks HUGE in the box when it arrives, but it's just a large bag, nor crazy oversized suitcase looking like on the model. lol I've had it for 6 months, wear it as my daily bag and have even gotten it a bit wet and it's just fine. The leather comes right back. The pattern is strips of leather cut into leaf like shapes, stitched together and connected to a canvas backing. The double straps work fine for over the shoulder, not too big, not to tight. There was also a longer strap, but I don't use that one. The style is very BOHO and I like that you'll really like this bag. If you are looking for a fancy bag, this isn't it, this is a cool, laid back, stylish, bohemian vibed bag. I love it.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? I bought the tanned leather color and it's exactly as it looks on my computer screen
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. good quality, have had it for 6 months, wear it all the time & even got it a little wet-wears well.
- How accurate was the sizing? the model they use to show the size of the bag must be very short and petite.
I do like this handbag. It is huge, which is perfect since I carry everything around in my purse. I do have 2 complaints. I wish the bag had a center zipper which would compartmentalize the purse. It is just one large, open space. Additionally, I don't care for the "decorative" clasp. The bag zips closed, and has a leather thong-type clasp. If my purse is closed, it would take forever to get to my cellphone. Also, with no outside pocket, there is no handy place to store my keys and every woman knows, when you carry a big bag, whatever you need to get to is in the bottom of the bag. It is attractive and I do like it. It just needs a few tweeks!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? matched color (black) on site
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. well made leather bag
- How accurate was the sizing? size as described on site
This bag is great in size. The clasp is a little awkward but not off putting. I've gotten many complements on the style and size. I do like the bag. I wasn't happy when the gold pieces came loose from the bag. This is the piece that connects the handles to the bag within three weeks I haven't returned the bag yet I just feel like the trouble. I would recommend the bag however, I would make the person aware of the malfunction of the handle of the connections that came undone.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? True to color
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. The bag's hardware came apart (little gold holders on the handle). They came off after only three weeks
- How accurate was the sizing? True to size I like the size. I'm 5'9".
I love this bag and I use it everyday. it holds up well and the quality is very good
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Perfectly
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good
- How accurate was the sizing? I thought it was a little bigger but the size is good
I would not order this product again. Not sure about the brand now that I have ordered and received this bag. I will keep it but I will not order from this company again. The leather has a strong odor to it and the leaves on the bag keep folding up making it look cheap.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Color is okay but seems to have faded a little.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Not what I expected, somewhat disapointed in quality.
- How accurate was the sizing? Sizing is perfect
I wanted to like this bag but could not ignore the pieces of leather sewn together around the top edge(opening) of bag instead of a seamless strip around the top edge to me shows poor workmanship. Had to return it.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Pretty good match on color
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Poor workmanship, especially wrt band across top of bag--strips of leather sewn together instead of one seamless piece.
- How accurate was the sizing? A little bigger than anticipated but that was ok