Purchased as a Mother's Day gift for my MIL. Here's what she said: " Thank you so much. I am sure it will come in handy for shopping--it has a cute little purse (made of itself) that should make it super-easy to carry on trips. I also like the way it helps people elsewhere in the world--. We just got back from the big <farmers> Market, but my new bag is too nice for that--at least for now." I hope she'll start using it every day.
I got this because my daughter brought home a similar bag from Guatemala that I coveted. This one is not quite as nicely shaped, squared off at the top compared to her curved top that nicely echoes the embroidered section. The fabrics on mine are not as detailed. This one actually comes via Overstock from a business that sells handcrafts from around the world to support artisans who otherwise wouldn't make a living, so if I get another it will be directly from there. They also sell lots of other interesting handcrafted textiles. The lining is awful, flimsy and slippery, without any pockets, the same as my daughter's bag has. I had to cut her bag's shredded lining out and replace it within a few months to add a sturdier one with pockets, so use a purse organizer or something to keep things from sliding around, pooling at the bottom and wearing through the fabric.
Very nice leather, not soft as I would like, but it's nice! Small smell, not u bearablke, just stuffed laundry softner sheets for couple days! Love, lovethe leather decoration on front! I'm short, 5'2", so does hang long, no big deal! Inside is small, but keeps me from over loading my new purse which I'm known to do! I would rate this as a large SMALL purse! Very well made and love the idea that my purchase is helping a far away village survive! That means the world to me, hand made instead of mass machine produced!!! Great work!!!!!!
Phive Rivers I do believe will be an up and comer in the handbag world. As their quality of leather is wonderful. The photos are great depictions of the finished product yet the size is different than what was expected. I wish it had been a bit larger as it would have been a keeper for me.
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