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At last, I've found a purse that lasts more than 3 months!
Debenhams Collection Mock Tab Front Purse
Member Name: alyson29
Debenhams Collection Mock Tab Front Purse
Advantages: Plenty of space and offers high quality
Disadvantages: The one slip pocket will not accommodate notes greater than £5
I dread to think of the amount of money I've spent on purses during my lifetime, as I would previously opt for those costing around £6 - £7, which I would pick up from the market. However, within just a few months of purchase I would find that the clasps and/or snap fasteners would fail, as well as the purse showing signs of wear and tear, so I was buying up to four replacements every year.
As a result, when my last purse failed during the early part of this year I decided to invest in a brand offering a higher quality, which would hopefully last me a good few years. I felt considerably overwhelmed by the endless choice in Debenhams and was thankful when my husband held up in the air what appeared to be perfect for my needs and as a result, my purchase was made with this review discussing Collection Mock Tab Front Purse, which is available in tan.
The outer section of the purse is fairly soft to the touch and has been made from polyurethane with the black lining being polyester. I prefer my purses to be on the larger size to enable notes to be stored whole as opposed to folding them in half and its measurements of 18 cm in length, 9½ cm in width and approximately 3½ cm in depth are sufficient for my needs. The design on the front flap of the purse is purely for decorative purposes where it displays an oval shaped shiny piece of metal, which still looks as good as new, together with a length of fabric that has been slotted through a bar to create the illusion of a buckle.
Despite having owned the purse for eight months, the appearance of the stitching is still perfectly intact and there are no signs of wear and tear. The purse is opened by way of a tightly fitting pop fastener although due to the continuous failure of such fasteners on my previous purses, I would have preferred the flap to open by way of a small metal bar that can be turned although this is solely down to personal choice. The purse is extremely spacious and with its thirteen card slots there is sufficient space for storage of my debit and credit cards together with my forever growing store loyalty cards collection. Unlike my previous purses, the card slots are very secure and as a result, my cards do not slip out and land in a heap on the floor, which happened on many occasions when standing by the checkout whilst attempting to pay for my goods.
There are three internal slip pockets and for faster access I had hoped to store my notes in the one that is positioned directly underneath the card slots. However, whilst it is perfectly proportioned for £5 notes, I was disappointed to discover that the pocket does not offer sufficient height for anything greater as the upper edges of £10 and £20 notes curl over when the purse is closed, which proved to be problematic when attempting to individually remove them. I found this extremely disappointing, particularly for Debenhams although I would never have considered to try out my money inside prior to purchase! Fortunately, the remaining two slip pockets offer sufficient height, so my notes are stored in one of them with a selection of receipts in the other. The purse also contains an internal ID pocket, which is protected with a piece of transparent plastic. However, I have never placed an ID card inside, particularly as this area is in full view when the purse is opened.
There is a spacious inner zipped section, which accommodates a good amount of coins and although I've owned this purse for eight months, the zip is fully intact and smoothly opens and closes by way of the material tab located on the end of the zip. The appearance of the purse both inside and out looks as good now as it did on the day of purchase and is easily cleaned with a damp cloth. With the exception of my grumble in relation to one of the slip pockets, it ticks all the boxes for me and as a result, receives 4 stars. You can purchase this purse either from Debenhams online or in one of their stores where it has been reduced from £18 to £14.40 although a delivery charge needs to be added when purchased online.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Summary: A reasonably priced and easily accessible spacious purse