I am embarrassed to say that I had been looking for an affordable everyday hobo that I would not have to ‘baby’ for over a year. I had an ever growing laundry list of criteria that drove my poor helpful friends crazy. It had to be black, lightweight, sturdy and roomy enough to fit my entire lunch + netbook + flats/flops + umbrella + random odds and ends, have usable compartments and zipper closure. And let’s not forget that I wanted a classic bag that looks and feels expensive- for under $50. Put nicely, I am particularly selective about what I purchase. Remove the sugar coating, and you could say I am a persnickety creature crippled by indecision. I noticed this bag a few months ago on Baghaus, but passed on it because it seemed too plain. What finally made me pull the trigger was a more practical reason- I had purchased an Eversave (Groupon like site) and it was expiring in a few days. I needed to buy something. Even as I clicked “send” on my order, I still wasn’t convinced.
When it arrived, I realized what my hang up was- the pictures online do not do this bag justice. Urban Expressions is a vegan handbag brand that does an amazing job of simulating real leather. The basket weave detailing adds the interest I was looking for while maintaining a classic understated appeal. The gold hardware nicely complements my collection of predominantly gold-toned accessories.
Some all important stats:
- Dimensions: 14.5″x4.5″x14″
- Handle drop: >9″
- Weight: ~1-2lbs
- Zipper closure for main compartment
- One zip and 2 open pockets (perfect easy access to phone and keys)
- Roomy interior that easily fits everything pictured below
- Front open pocket and back zipper pocket
- Includes a second adjustable and removable strap
- Price: $65 – (20% off code + $40 Eversave) = $12
Not bad at all