I have been looking for a backpack bag for a number of years, but have never found the one that really appealed to me until I saw this bag online. I placed an order for the beige (color shown online) and received it last week. In making handbag purchases in general, I must be conscious of the bag weight and disbursement as I suffer from a very bad back and bursitis in my shoulders. That being said, I like to carry a stylish bag. This bag allows me to meet both objectives.
The bag actually comes in a glazed leather, so it has a slight shine to it. It is not a patent leather or vinyl look, but something that should be pointed out to purchasers. The bag is fully fabric lined and has three interior and two exterior (seamed) pockets. Two of the interior pockets (side by side on the inside front wall of the purse) are about three inches wide and perhaps six inches long. One is leather coated and the other is fabric coated, making it easier to readily grab the item you have placed in that particular pocket. I use one pocket for my iPhone (wide enough for the iPhone with protective cover), and the other for my checkbook, pen, gum, etc. The zippered pocket on the opposite (back wall of the bag) is full width and very deep. It is large enough for me to store two Furla leather pouches -- one for cosmetics and one for sweetener for my coffee -- along with a nail file, comb, etc.
A major concern with a backpack or any large bag (I have a Coach "shopping bag" that is not nearly as well organized as this bag and cost much more) is whether you are able to find items easily. While this bag holds quite a bit, with some planning, it is very easy to find everything in a snap. And, when I say the bag holds quite a bit, I'm not exaggerating. I carried a bottle of wine into one of our favorite restaurants inside this bag. Just opened the purse, set the wine on the table and asked the waitress to uncork it!
A few comments about the exterior. I was initially expecting a snap closure on the bag. However, the only way to lock the top of the bag to the bottom is by looping it through the two-ring system. At first I thought, what a pain, but then I realized that, when walking with the bag on my back, I would prefer a system like this. Better to make a pickpocket work!
As I mentioned above, there are two fully-lined deep and roomy pockets built into the side seams of the bag. These are wonderful for your keys or for stashing items when on the go and you don't feel like taking the time to open the bag.
One improvement I would suggest would be to put feet on the bottom of the bag. Although it stands up straight, there will be times when you want to set the bag down on a ladies' room sink. More and more often these days, there are no paper towels to dry your hands, let alone protect your purse from water damage.
Overall, this is a beautiful bag. I have received many compliments on it. It is comfortable for me to carry and I plan to do so for years. Another great pick!
Some reviews below said there were no outside pockets (not correct: actually one hidden pocket at each side which, because they are deep, are more secure than might seem) and that the leather quality was not good. I bought the brown, which is a bit of a bronzed/coppered dark brown, and find that the leather is excellent. I own some **** bags, and this compares in terms of workmanship and leather quality (the difference would be that the lining is a heavy-grade nylon, versus a thick silk or other luxury fabric). There are several inner pockets, including a zippered one, for more organization and security. Yes, the looped strap is somewhat cumbersome to deal with (a snap closure would be nice). But the straps (a thicker canvas at bottom confers strength and, as another reviewer noted, some likely longevity, versus leather straps, which can stretch and deform over time) make the bag VERY comfortable, and for a stylish backpack that is definitely New York City-worthy, this is a steal at this price. I know someone whose wife is in fashion (works for some of the big designers) and he thought I'd paid hundreds and hundreds for this knapsack. Wish I'd gotten the beige while it was still in stock, but I'm thinking of getting another brown (to have as a backup when my current one wears out!) as well as the other colours. It's hard to find a stylish, simpler backback in good leather that functions well without looking boxy. Abbyson did a great job with this one.
Did the color match the color displayed onsite? yes
I think this is an excellent quality product for the price but it is a misnomer to call it a handbag. It is in reality a backpack. I am a senior citizen & thought it a little young for me so I gave it to my granddaughter. She loved it!!!
When standing in line to pay for something and you have to open the bag, it's not that simple. You need to set it down on something otherwise you can't get it open. But other than that, I love it. I'm trying to think of a way to put a magnet closure on it.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? very good
Please tell us about the quality of the product. This bag is fantastic except opening and closing is a pain the butt. It's a belt where it should be s snap or hook and eye.
I love this bag. Just used it on an extended trip, which is why I bought it. I chose the red as it is easy to spot and I used it as my carry-on; perfect for my needs. I fit in an extra pair of shoes, a scarf, my book and personal items with room for me. I measured current bags I own before purchasing so I had a grasp of size and knew what to expect.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Great
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good
Have used purse 2 days and love it. People are complimenting it. Size is great, color is magnificient and can be used with anything. Only (big) suggestion is that a velcro or snap opening would be much better. It is awkward to have to slide the tab into the metal clasp, especially when at store cash register trying to get into or out of purse. I may have snap added at shoe repair store. Otherwise love the purse. A couple of zip pockets on side would be helpful too.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Close, but prettier than pic. Really attention-grabbing color
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Great
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