I first saw this bag on Zara's website last month and after a week or two of indecisiveness I decided to just purchase the Plaited Leather Shopper bag. So, before I start my review on the bag, here are few facts from the Zara website:
- The bag costs 149 US Dollars.
- The measurements are 12x17x9 Inches.
- The exterior is 100% Buffalo leather.
- It comes in Brown, Blue, Black, Cream, and Red colors (depending on what's available).
As soon as I opened the bag I was a little surprised by the size of the bag; which partly was my fault because I didn't consider the measurements on their website properly since I had seen some celebrities carrying this bag in pictures online and it didn't seem that large. I was however pleased with the look of the bag. I liked the handles and the hardware and how sturdy the bag felt. Another plus was the shoulder strap that comes in handy with big bags because you tend to carry a lot of things in them and they get heavy. By the end of the day it would be nice to carry it on your shoulder and not have to carry it on your arm.
As I took it out of the bag and started inspecting, I realized that the bag was not lined and just had a detachable pouch inside of it; which I did not like. I like it when bags are lined so you can clean them if you spill something or if your lipstick comes out of it's tube. In this case, the interior leather would be ruined or a major pain to get the stain out. Another very important thing I didn't like about the bag was the detachable cotton pouch; which came undo and fell inside the bag every time I filled it with just few of my belongings. I'm not sure if I got a faulty bag or if all pouches are designed that way. This leaves me to believe that the only way to use this bag would be to keep my stuff in the bag and not use the cotton pouch. Another thing I didn't like about the bag was the leather. I know it's 100% buffalo leather and from the outside I think it's fine, but from the inside because it's not lined, felt very cheap and plasticy. My husband jokingly calls it the tupperware bag.
Overall, I was disappointed with my purchase and would not recommend this bag... unless of course you like your bag to be extra-large and don't mind the usless pouch situation. For those who travel a lot this could work as a carry on? But for me this was just a waste of money and I'm seriously considering returning it. In case you still want to buy it, please click away. =)
Thanks for reading and I hope this review was helpful!! xoxo