“ Brand: Disaster / Type: Purse „
When it comes to accesories, I have always favoured the quirky and unusual, and my favourite purse (I always think the word wallet is rather manly), the Love Letter design from Disaster Designs is definitely thiat. This was actually a secret santa gift I received through a Reddit gift exchange just before Christmas, and my anonymous gifter had clearly spent some time looking at stuff on my amazon wish list, and picking something that wasn't on there, but was very similar so as not to give away the surprise.
This really is a lovely item, and the photo above doesn't do it any justice at all. The exterior of the wallet is a vintage cream leather effect, and the front features an address in lovely flowing feminine handwriting. I've not been able to make out the first word, not being very good at reading this kind of writing, but it appears to be addressed to a Mr Dynchley Esq, Field Court, Grays Inn, London.
This is a little silly perhaps, but I'm a very imaginative person, and I know that Grays Inn has long been a training ground for lawyers, so whenever I see this lovely purse I imagine a bewigged lawyer recieving this letter from a lady ardently in love with him. It's not just the address that makes it stunning though, the front also featurs some lovely flowers, and 2d postmark, as well as a vintage looking button, whilst the pack folds down in the same style as an envelope, partially obscuring the S.W.A.L.K written there. There is also a postmark there telling us this letter was picked up from Devon, so the two lovers were seperated by some distance. And, perhaps rather sad, also under the flap is a stamp advising the postman to return to sender - clearly the letter never reached it's destination, hence why it is now in my hands.
The inside is just as lovely - a brown textured leather interior working together with a contrasting vintage floral fabric, it really keeps the vintage theme going but also feels very high quality. Opened up it has 4 compartments for receipts and notes, 2 zip pockets for coins and 4 pockets for cards. The whole thing is wonderfully well stitched - it really feels securely sewn and very well made. The card pockets were a little too snug at first but after repeated use have a lot more give to them.
I will confess I'm something of a coin and receipt hoarder, and occasionally the purse struggles to cope with the tendencies, so I've had to get into the habit of clearing it out more often, to avoid breaking it with over strain. Also, at 19 cm wide, 10 cm tall and 2 cm deep, this isn't the smallest purse in the world, and unlike my old one, won't fit into my jeans of jacket pocket, so needs to be kept in my handbag instead. These are only very small inconveniences though, and certainly don't stop me using this purse. I don't use it all the time - I have several purses and wallets I like to alternate between - but this is definitely my favourite, and always gets complimented. It's had a few knocks and scrapes, but doesn't look any the worse for wear yet.
I'm not sure how much my Secret Santa paid for this (I do know it was sent all the way from America!) The cheapest I have seen it online is £20 at http://lovevintagecraft.com/ , and I think this purse is easily worth every penny of that. I love it. 5 stars.
I have never seen or heard of anyone else who has the Disaster Designs Love Letters Wallet but I note there is another review on here, so we are clearly kindred handbag spirits!
The Disaster Designs Love Letters Wallet is available online for around £20. I thought this was a fair price, as I purchased it to go with a dark cream dress which I wore for a wedding. I wanted a bag which not only went with that dress, but which was quirky, too. I like vintage looking items, picture postcard styled things, and Cath Kidston prints, so this was right down my street.
When the bag arrived I wasn't dissapointed, much the opposite, it looks much brighter and feels so lovely 'in the flesh'. At just under 20cm in length it's the ideal clutch bag, but I've found that after going to the wedding, I just didn't want to stop using it, so it's now used often, dressed down with jeans or with a little faux fur on an evening at the theatre or out to dinner. It gets so many compliments. The bag itself is styled as you can see like an old fashioned letter, and has embellishments of a spray of flowers and a pearlised button too, which is so sweet. It's a sepia colour and the back of the bag is exactly like the back of an old fashioned triangle envelope.
Opening the bag (which has a nice strong clasp) there are a few sections and a zip up compartment inside, I keep small items like lipsticks and a comb in the larger sections and change and my bank card in the zip up section. There is a row of card holders, I don't know whether it is just me or my cards, but I find these quite tight, almost like they are designed for smaller cards. I do keep bits and bobs in there - vouchers, photos and so on, but it's not something I use for my day to day bank cards as it's not that easy to pull them out and replace them when you're in a queue at the checkout!
Overall, however, I highly recommend the Disaster Designs Love Letters Wallet, even with that small quirk, because there are plenty of sections in which to place your essential items, and the bag itself is so well made and so pretty that it is your go-to bag for a nice accessory to perk up an outfit. I've not seen the brand previously but I'll certainly be visiting their website for nice pieces to give as gifts, because they tend to be pretty unique when you are out and about.
For the money, when you can buy a boring plain clutch for well over £20, I think the Disaster Designs Love Letters Wallet is a lovely, affordable quirky handbag which is so versatile and adaptable to any occasion. I've had mine only six months and it's a firm favourite. I'm happy to give it a 5 star out of 5 rating because if you buy it you won't be disappointed, I certainly wasn't.
Disaster Designs Love Letters Wallet
This Disaster Designs purse was bought for me as a gift from my boyfriend who is away in the army as he has limited time to get out and about he took a gamble and chose it online and had it sent to me. I hadn't heard of Disaster Designs before receiving this purse but have since looked at quite a few of their products and have been impressed by their quirky designs which would make fantastic gifts. They sell a whole range of products for example: purses, compact mirrors, beautifully designed flasks, bags of all kinds, photo albums, hot water bottles, tea towels and much more. All of which are designed in an individual way and would make a fantastic individual gift for someone or yourself.
The particular purse I have is called the love letters wallet. It is a decent sized purse of rectangle shape. The look of the design on the purse is unique to me and I haven't yet seen anyone I know with anything similar. It is a vintage cream colour and is of an old letter style. The shape of the flap opening looks like the flap of an envelope and has a post office date stamp on the front of it. The back has an address written in swirly old fashioned writing and a beautiful light pink flower design to the side of it. There is a random ivory coloured button sewn onto the back too. The picture of this product looks good but trust me it looks even better once in your hand for real.
The purse is a leather effect purse and to the touch feels lovely and soft. It has a good amount of bend to it and unlike many purses I have had in the past it isn't stiff at all. It is a respectable sized purse measuring approximately 19cms in width, 10cms in height and 2cms in depth. The purse is fastened by a single press stud which is trouble-free to open and shut in a hurry. Inside the purse there are an ample amount of compartments and two zip up compartments and four credit card slots. The inside of the purse has sweet material of pink and blue small flowers and looks rather cute.
I instantly fell in love with this purse it is particle yet stylishly beautiful and always gets compliments from people when they see it. The detail in this purse is immense even down to the faultless stitching all the way round it. The purse has a charming old worn look about it which I simple adore. The flowers on the back of the purse give it a nice feminine look making it look not only classy but girly too. I love the fact the purse is soft and bendy it feels so good in your hand. Opening and shutting the purse is uncomplicated which is what I need with too young boys around my legs!
Unfortunately there is one little niggle to this near perfect purse and that is the credit card slots. They are just too tight. Getting the cards in and out is a bit of a chore and I often find myself leaving my main bank card in the smaller zip up compartment. This doesn't cause a huge problem for me but I can see for some people it would be a big down point. I still use this as my main purse and I haven't let this small problem put me off it.
The rest of the inside of the purse is perfect it has plenty of compartments which I like as I like to keep bits of money separate. There are two zip up parts as I have mentioned the larger one is in the middle and this is where I like to keep my lose change and the other is too the front of the compartments. It then has three open compartments and then two in the flap as well. The ones in the flap I find are just useful for receipts I wouldn't trust anything else lose in here as you close the purse up change may fall out. Some people may find all these compartments confusing but I really like them and find them useful to keep things organised.
I am not too sure of how available Disaster Design products are on the high street. Looking online it looks like there are plenty of unique websites that sell their products but if like me you like to stick to what you know Amazon do sell a very large selection of their products including this purse. It is actually called the love letters wallet but I prefer to call it a purse as to me wallet means men's! The purse retails at £22.50 but Amazon currently (February 2013) have it reduced to £19.95. I personally feel this is a fair price for a beautiful product.