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Fairfax Large Handbag
Member Name: Katie83
Fairfax Large Handbag
Date: 06/08/11, updated on 07/08/11 (26 review reads)
Advantages: Perfect organisation and extremely practical with good looks.
Disadvantages: Could do with a slightly larger phone pocket.
I first came across this bag when watching QVC well over a year ago. I was intrigued by the brands story and thought the bag looked smart and practical and the little monkey keyring that comes with it caught my eye.
When my bag arrived in the post at first inspection I was a little disappointed as it looked much smaller than I imagined and it was classed as the Large version of the Fairfax. But once I'd filled it with all my usual junk it really surprised me. I do tend to carry around everything apart from the kitchen sink so to find it all fitted into what at first appeared to be a small bag was brilliant. Its like a Marry Poppins bag as with everything in there was still plenty more room for other stuff.
My usual bag at the time was bigger but was just like a sack so everything would just pile up at the bottom. This made it difficult to find anything in a hurry and I must have spent at least 10 minutes altogether rummaging around in it on average day. This bag gives you that time back and saves you a lot of embarrassment when your at the checkout or when the train conductor asks to see your ticket.
Bag: 23.5cm x 35.6cm x 7.6cm (9.25" x 14" x 3")
Handle length: 49.5cm (19.5")
Detachable strap: 135cm (53")
Because the bag is made up of 8 separate compartments it is really easy to organise all your things in so I always know where my stuff is. There is also a phone slip and two pen loops in the front pocket along with an inbuilt strap with a large lobster claw clasp on the end that you can attach your keys too. The phone slip is a little on the small size and if my n8 phone is in its case it wont fit in, so I tend to keep tissues here. The pen loops are great but don't fit thicker style pens but are good for your usual Biro or pencil. The Key strap is a godsend and one of my favourite features as the strap is plenty long enough that you don't need to unclip your keys to unlock your door so you always know where they are.
The bag is made out of 100% nylon, this does not sound very attractive but in real life it is a rather nice fabric, it has a matt finish and because of the way it is dyed it has a slightly mottled appearance that is pleasing on the eye. It has a canvas look about it and is water resistant. This makes it extra practical as you can wipe it clean, Kipling does not recommend machine washing but I washed mine at 30 and it was fine and air dried very fast. The lining is made out of the same material so if anything leaks in one compartment is wont run into the next. The lining in all Fairfax bags including the black is a pale greyish shade which is very handy as it means it is easier to see what's in your bag again cutting down on rummaging time!
I ordered this bag in petrol green which is a delicious deep teal green with a hint of blue when viewed in daylight. The colour options are vast for this bag, in general this is the usual for Kipling items. What's great is that they seem to take on a totally different feel depending on what colour option you choose. There are also prints available too that are really unusual and again come in many different designs. Kipling also release new colour options every season so if your like me and get addicted to the practicality there are always new options to choose from. This season peppery was released which is a warm beige with a hint of khaki I wanted it as soon as i saw it and now i have two Kipling Fairfax L bags.
These bags are widely available but if you want the latest colours before anyone else going to Kipling direct is the best option where the retail price is £83. Next best in my experience is QVC but the most popular colours always sell out very fast because the Fairfax is usually sold at a special price of around £56 with postage. QVC also sell limited addition print options that you wont be able to get anywhere else. Then Amazon is always a good option especially for getting a bargain but you will still pay a higher price for the latest colours and styles but you do usually get free postage.
I bought my latest peppery coloured Fairfax off Ebay for £73. This was the cheapest place to get it at the time but a week later it was on QVC a lot cheaper then a week after that on Amazon with free postage! Unlucky for me the Ebay seller only gave a 7 day returns policy with the purchase but to be honest I don't mind that much. I feel I paid for quality and I know I will get good value as I will use it every day for a long time.
Now I could not do without my Fairfax. Four months ago I bought a tan sued fringed bag that cost a fair bit. It has been a spot on trend for a while but after using it for a few weeks I just longed for the perfect organisation of my Fairfax, hence buying the peppery option. Every now and again I use other bags for fashion but within 20 minutes of being out I miss my old favourite and cant wait to go back to using it.
The only improvements I can think of would be to make an even bigger version, maybe just an inch so you can fit a rolled up A4 sized magazine in, maybe a leather version or leather look and a larger mobile phone pocket for the bigger modern mobiles like the iPhone etc....
Beware kipling bags are addictive, thanks for reading my review I hope you liked it.
Summary: I would definitely recommend this bag and do often!