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I am a huge fan of Cath Kidston products and do own quite a few items, one of which is the Victoria Rose saddle bag which I had as a birthday present last year. The bag measures 35cm x 24.5cm x 9.5cm which is a perfect size for me to use as a work bag as I often have to carry work round to different offices and I find that I can easily fit this in and also my lunch and other bits and pieces such as my purse, phone and notepad. It is navy blue with lovely pink roses and is made of a strong cotton canvas and the inner lining is plain navy. The navy strap is attached by a metal ring and is fully adjustable so you can wear it as a shoulder bag or it can be lengthened to wear across your body. When I use it for work I will use it as a shoulder bag as it is easier to take on and off but if I am using it to go shopping I will sometimes change it to wear across my body as I find this more secure in crowds.
A thing I really like about this bag are that there are numerous pockets on the inside and outside. On the outside there are two pockets one at each end of the bag and two which are situated underneath the front flap, and inside there is a large pocket with a strong zip which fills the whole length of the bag and two further smaller pockets. The pockets on the outside are not secure so you probably wouldn't use them for your phone or other valuable items. There are two buckles to the front in the same material as the strap but these are decorative only and it is fastened by two metal poppers which you press together to secure.
A lot of the Cath Kidston bags come in oilskin but I prefer the canvas ones as I find them softer to the touch and also more flexible however they aren't waterproof like the oilskin ones are. This canvas bag is lightweight but it can hold quite a lot of items and sometimes if I am carrying a lot of work it is quite heavy but the strap is still intact and secure and has shown no sign of tearing or ripping.
I have used this bag most days now for almost a year and I really love it. I think it looks pretty and feminine and is definitely in fashion at the moment but is also practical and is suitable for a variety of uses. I fully recommend this Cath Kidston bag but they are quite expensive, this one ranges from £40 to £55, but personally I think they are worth it.
I am not someone who collects a lot of handbags, as I prefer to have just a few different types to suit my needs. Because of this, I can be quite picky about buying a new bag. Many have been tried and tested and then passed on to the local charity shop over the years. So when I was given this Cath Kidson Victoria Rose Saddle Bag for Christmas, I wasn't sure I would like it at first. Although I liked the classic Kidson design straight away, it seemed bulky for a satchel-style bag and I wasn't sure how much use I would get out of it. But how wrong I was to doubt it!
In fact, many satchels are too small or compact inside to hold many useful items, but the Victoria Rose bag is wide all the way around, which is what gave me the impression that it would be too bulky to wear. It is large enough for me to carry normal items in as well as baby wipes, nappies, a notepad and other bits and pieces. One thing I have noticed with other satchel bags is that they can't always take the weight of all the stuff I cart around with me, especially the weight of a pack of baby wipes and a bottle of water. The Kidson bag has stood the challenge however, and it has not frayed at all from all the weight.
Nor does it hurt my shoulder when I wear it. I put this down to it having a nice thick fabric shoulder strap, which has a movable piece attached to it for changing the length of the strap easily and for maximum comfort. The strap is also of high quality and is well sewn into the bag - in the past I have found that seams have torn where they have not been sewn in properly.
The Victoria Rose bag is made of canvas, so it is a good strong material and can take a bit of weight. The inside of the bag is a plain dark colour while the outside is the typical floral Kidson design, and this gets me a lot of compliments when I'm out wearing the bag. It is also a nice dark blue colour which hides any small stains collected on outdoor travels. I have successfully been able to wipe these up using baby wipes due to the fabric material of the bag, which is easy to clean and not easily damaged.
The bag has a flap with metal fastenings attached to close the bag, which are easy to clip closed. This means all your belongings are secure inside the bag and not liable to fall out easily. Inside the bag are several lined pockets of different sizes, which I find very useful for securing things inside the bag, although I don't keep my phone in there as I find it a hassle to open the bag up and get the phone out frequently. I have tried keeping my phone in one of the outside pockets of the bag, but this hasn't worked out well as it tends to be loose in there and I don't want it to fall out. However, a different sized phone might not have this same problem, if you don't mind having it on display.
There are two larger pockets on the face of the bag beneath where the flap closes, but I only keep small objects in them such as keys and small change, which are easy to access and unlikely to fall out. These pockets are really useful to me and I now think all side bags could do with them - in fact I don't know why all bags don't come with them, as they make such a difference to the usefulness of the bag. On the other hand, despite being a durable and well-made, well-designed bag, the issue of there not being a secure pocket on the outside for my phone is an issue for me, as I have to keep it in my pocket and my clothes don't always have pockets so this impacts what I wear when I am taking this bag out.. Now you see what I mean by always searching for the perfect bag. This one isn't far off, and it is certainly very stylish, but for the price of around £40-£45, it could still be better. It gets 4 stars from me.
I purchased this Cath Kidson saddle bag in order to go travelling this summer. I have to say that I am extremely pleased with my purchase. This delicate Victoria Rose printed design, blended with a casual look made the Cath Kidson saddle bag an ideal choice in order to provide me with a casual way of carrying my important travelling essentials and accessories. In my opinion, this saddle bag is perfect because it has a vast array of pockets (some of which can be zipped closed) and it has an immense amount of space for all my belongings that I need on a daily basis during my holiday. It is perfect for the summer months too, because it is made from feather lightweight cotton and comes with a strap that is easily adjustable. This bag is extremely comfortable, stylish and pretty and, I would say it is some what sophisticated and the perfect travelling summer look can be achieved if you wear it across your body or over your shoulder.
Originally the price of this Cath Kidsson saddle bag was 48 pounds but I brought mine on sale on the Cath Kidson website and I paid 35 pounds and got free delivery as I spent over 50 pounds....great a real bargain! The quality of this saddle bag is excellent and I am pleased to say that in the event that it gets dirty, it won't fall apart if you put it in the washing machine!
Although I don't use it for this purpose, I can imagine that some female students may want to use it for storing their books or academic materials which is also a perfect usage idea for this bag. Cath Kidson also sell another version of this bag which is made from oil cloth, but this saddle bag is much lighter than this. It has inside and outside pockets and so it is easy to use and store your daily belongings. In actual fact, the Cath Kisdon bag is fabricated in China like many high street and designer lable clothes and accessories these days. Unfortunately, there is no Cath Kidson store available in Paris at this current time if you were thinking of purchasing anything there.
This Cate Kidson saddle bag is also complemented well by other clothing and accessories from the same range for example, the Victoria Rose raincoat priced at 35 pounds, Victoria Rose plimsolls priced at 24 pounds and the Victoria Rose folded zip wallet priced at 26 pounds. You will be pleased to know that there is another smaller, mini version of the Victoria Rose saddle bag priced initially at 45 pounds which is also on sale on the Cate Kidson website for 30 pounds now. The only disadvantage of this saddle bag I think is that paying 48 pounds is a little bit too pricey however, if you manage to purchase this dainty, attractive bag in the sale then I think it is good value for money. If you want to complete your casual, feminine summer look then why not rush to a Cate Kidson store or have a look online and I am sure you will be as impressed as I am! People compliment me on how nice my saddle bag looks and I have to say, I agree with them!
I have a bit of a handbag addiction, as well as a shoes, sunglasses, jewellery, make-up and lotions and potions addiction. Oh well a typical girl then! And as such I always end up treating myself to a new handbag. I've recently bought a Cath Kidston Saddle Bag, I really like Cath Kidston bags and I have quite a few of them, I also have a wish list of quite a few more.
I've wanted the saddle bag for quite a while now, and finally got around to buying it. As with all Cath Kidston bags it's available in a few different colours and fabrics. I did actually want the petrol blue spot saddle bag which was £68.00, however when I went to buy it they had the sage green spot saddle bag in the sale at £48.00, I figured that I could put the £20.00 I saved to good use elsewhere and so I went for the sage green colour instead. I wasn't too sure about the colour at first, but I have to admit that it's really grown on me and I love it now, it's a lovely muted natural colour that goes with absolutely anything.
The bag itself is made from the durable wipe clean oilcloth fabric, which I have found to be waterproof in the rain, and obviously any spills or drips will just wipe off this easily enough with a tissue or a wet one. The light beige shoulder strap is made from a kind of a soft cotton webbing fabric and is fully adjustable so that you can use the bag either as a shoulder bag or as a cross body messenger bag. I always use mine as a cross body messenger bag and it's really comfortable to wear this way, no matter how full my bag is. It looks like an old fashioned satchel type bag with the two buckles on the front flap. The buckles are in a brown leather, however they are not functioning buckles as the front flap closes with two magnetic catches underneath the buckles on the flap.
The saddle bag has tonnes of packets which I think gives it a bit of a quirky look; it has an open pocket on each of the vertical sides of the bag, it has two quite large pockets under the front flap, it has a large zippered pocket inside the back of the bag, and it has a couple of smaller pockets inside the bag opposite the large zippered pocket. The inside of the bag is also wipe clean, I've had a couple of make up spills which I've just wiped up with a wet one.
This stylish and practical saddle bag is a perfect size to use everyday. I use mine typically with my laptop in (inside a laptop sleeve though obviously), folders for work, magazines, books or my kindle etc. It actually does hold an awful lot of stuff. Alternatively it's not actually too big if you don't fill it full too bursting! I also use this without all of my work stuff in a lot of the time as well. I like this as a carry on size for a plane journey if I've checked in a suitcase, it's plenty big enough for everything that I need to take without being too big, and wearing it as a cross body bag means that my hands are free.
I've had lots of use out of this saddle bag already, and I'm sure that I'll continue to get lots of use out of it. It is really tough and sturdy and hard wearing, and it seems like it will last for years. I would definitely recommend the Cath Kidston saddle bag, in fact I'd recommend Cath Kidston bags in general.
I absolutely adore my saddle bag. It is made of beautifully hard wearing fabric, and is the perfect size. It allows you to go out with all that you need, and even allows you to pop in a small amount of shopping while out and about - without allowing you to end up carrying sack fulls of unnecessary items.
Approximate dimensions taken from Cath Kidston Online: 34.5 x 24.5 x 9.5cm
It a wonderful elegant bag that could be used in any season, as the design would allow you to accessorise it with anything. It like so many of Cath Kidston's products is made from a beautiful vintage style printed fabric, and this adds a lovely feminine twist to the essentially utilitarian design. The body of the bag being blue is for me a change in the norm - as I am usually drawn to black bags - although I feel this makes it little bit more usable on the summer months...
The bag is filled with pockets which help avoid the frantic search for ringing mobile phones, and negate the need to search at the bottom a bag for lost keys while standing in the rain. It really is an all round winner.
The bag comes in a variety of colours, and different fabric designs, and has a fully adjustable strap on it so it can be worn across the body or over one shoulder at a variety of different heights. The large pockets are a great size, and could fit keys, phones or purses to make them easily accessible. The most useful are outside the bag but under the flap making them difficult for pickpockets to access but great to aid in finding things.
Back approximately 30 years now (eek!) after my first year in secondary, I rebelled against the 'recommended' school satchel (too small for anything useful) or briefcase (so cumbersome and liable to get you beaten up on the bus just for having one) with a hankering instead for my desired type of school bag - the lovely cotton canvas kit bag available from a local Army surplus store. It was one of those canvas haversack types with sturdy web handle and acres of room for all of those lovely exercise and text books I had to lug around. But it was easy to carry and capacious - just the job for an eager secondary school student!
The only thing was, at the time, this type of bag was not available in a delectable range of prints or colours, so I settled for desert yellow and then, with my friends, we happily set to with our biros, adding gorgeous graffiti of flowers, hearts and stars, so that it came closer to meeting my personal taste, as the bag I always wanted would have been in exactly this style but with flowers and pastels! I do believe a couple of boys' names were added and then coloured over during this time, but that's another tale! Still, desert yellow, graffiti and all, the bag lasted me for the duration of four whole school years, before being abandoned for a 'proper' handbag once I left school and got my first full-time job!
So, where's this trip down memory lane taking this review, I hear you ask? Well, it's simple, this CK canvas saddle bag is that same army bag but with the look that I always wanted, ready made by CK! It really seems to me to be based on that army canvas kit bag design - same flap over the top, same webbed closures with useful metal fastenings which weigh down the flap nicely, without weighing down the bag.
The shoulder strap too is almost the same, but where the army bag had an extra wide piece for comfort at the top of the shoulder and adjusted where it attached to the bag at the sides, this CK version offers a fully sewn on shoulder strap with a sliding adjustment for the shoulder length. For me, this is something of an improvement on the army bag design, whose strap had a tendency to slip through the buckle (for want of a better word) so from lesson to lesson I had to readjust it so that my bag wasn't bumping my knees! I've had no such trouble with the sliding adjustment which is actually on the strap of this CK bag, it seems to stay put just fine. Wearing the strap long, with the bag worn across the body means that the extra piece for shoulder comfort in the original army design is not really missed.
There are other good features of this CK bag too, which set it apart from my original favourite:
* This bag is fully lined inside with plain canvas, which acts as a lovely contrast to the floral fabric and also makes the bag more durable, whilst offering your items adequate protection from bumps and the weather.
* There are plenty of pockets:- inside there's a zipped pocket, running widthways inside, perfect for purse; plus two 'open' pockets which are perfect for phone etc as they run height-ways on the other side of the bag, which helpfully stops smaller items like phone, keys etc sinking to the bottom of the bag where you can't find them in a hurry!
On the outside there are 'open' pockets all around. There's one on each side, near where the strap joins the bag. These are useful for items like maps or shopping lists etc that you want to keep to hand, but I wouldn't recommend keeping phones, ipods or valuables in these as they are very 'open' to anyone!
The last two pockets are on the front of the bag. These are probably the biggest pockets and they are also 'open' in that they have no closure of their own. However, once the flap of the bag is down, this does effectively cover the pockets which helps to secure your items (again though I wouldn't keep actual valuables in here) although they are very handy pockets for other items that you don't want floating around inside the main bag. All of the pockets are fully lined.
* Another feature that greatly improves the bag from the original army design is that although this CK bag looks like it has the same 'buckle' fixtures to close the flap of the bag, these are in fact for appearance only - the flaps attach to the bag with sturdy press studs, making it much quicker to get in and out of your bag than having to undo buckles each time (although I seem to have quickly reverted to my old school mode of keeping one side of the flap unfastened, despite the fact that it's not really necessary)!
* The bag is sturdily made, no awkward edges on pockets which make them easy to 'catch' and rip: the outside pockets particularly are attached within the seams, making them very robust indeed.
* Of course the final feature is the fabric. Although you can buy the oil cloth / PVC versions of this bag in a range of colours and styles, I love this fabric version the best because it's so close to what I originally wanted. The colours of this Victoria Rose design are ideal - not so light that the bag looks filthy quickly, but light enough to be cheerful and colourful. It's girly enough without being a diva and unassuming enough without being boring, plus capacious and durable enough to take you from handbag to something of a shopping bag with relative ease.
Ok, so that's the bag. Even if you never had the youthful army surplus experience that led me to this bag, if you like your florals, a multi-use bag or something a bit 'different' it's hard to spot a better all-purpose bag on the market at the moment. Quality wise it's definitely worth the money - and if you define 'value' on cost per use, it will very quickly earn its keep because you'll just want to keep on using it. Even if you're not on the market for a bag at the moment, if you find this one in a sale, then it's a must for treating yourself!
As for me, well, this bag's also made me feel thirty years younger and I'm loving it!
* This review is also being submitted to Ciao under my name there - PlaysNicelyWithOthers!