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I was given my Karen Millen Tropical Print Bag as a gift a few years ago. I love designer handbags so this was a very thoughtful gift. I knew of the Karen Millen brand but didn't own anything from their range. I could instantly tell the bag was good quality and had lots of designer touches.
- Karen Millen -
The brand originated in 1981 when a woman named Karen Millen started to make simple white shirts. Within a couple of years her business had expanded and several stores were opened across the country. The brand has since been sold a couple of times. Karen Millen specialises in designer women's wear.
- The Bag -
The tropical print bag is intended for summer and holiday use. The main part of the bag is made from pretty black and white tropical print cotton material (quite different to the photo displayed, I suggested this myself so not sure why the photo is different!). The material looks thick, strong and of good quality. The two handles are made from white leather and there is also white leather trim on the bag. There is silver-coloured metal detail on the bag such as buckles and links. Attached to the handles is a branded Karen Millen swing tag. The inside of the bag is beige with white leather trim. Karen Millen is displayed all over the slightly shiny lining. There is an inside pocket with a zip and also two open phone size pockets. These pockets are all of a decent size and hold everything I need them to. The bag has a zip along the top, between the handles. This opens and closes smoothly. The dimensions are approximately 35cm in length and 23cm in height (not including the handles). The base of the bag measures 20cm by 28cm approximately. I would describe it as a medium size bag. Personally I prefer a medium/large size and find this slightly smaller than I would like. The bag looks like it is made to a high standard and has lots of designer detail without being over the top. The bag came in a Karen Millen dust bag. I love designer touches like this and it also helps preserve the bag if I wish to store it away. There is also a purse and dress with the same design.
- Everyday Use -
This isn't my main handbag so it only really gets occasional use. It is a nice bag to use in the summer, on holiday, day trips and weekends away. As I have said, the size is slightly smaller than I would like for an everyday bag but is perfectly adequate for short term use. I could fit my keys, phone, purse, compact mirror and a small makeup bag but if I added much else the bag would feel quite full and it would be hard to find things. The bag is reasonably comfortable to wear over my shoulder but I do find the handles are a little short and the bag ends up being right under my arm. This would irritate me if I were using the bag every day. It does make it hard for thieves to gain access to the bag though. The zip also makes the bag feel quite secure. The pockets inside the bag are ideal for holding my Blackberry Phone and my compact mirror which I wouldn't want to get scratched. The bag works well for day or evening. My main issue with this bag is finding a coordinating outfit. The bag looks great if you are wearing black, white or both and creates a stunning and sophisticated summer look. However, if you mix other colours into your outfit you can start to look a bit busy and mismatched. I would advise keeping it simple with black, white and denim. This can be a pain if it is the only bag you have brought on holiday.
- Wear and Tear -
As this bag has only been used occasionally it is still in great condition. I have been quite careful with it because of the cotton material and the fact it is white. I am wary of where I put the bag down and I wouldn't take it out in the rain. The quality of the design and materials make this quite a durable bag if it is looked after.
- Price and Availability -
Originally I believe this bag was £105 from Karen Millen which is rather pricey for a summer bag but is in line with other similar bags from designer brands. On a number of occasions I have seen this half price in store which I think is quite a bargain for a bag of such good quality and with a very pretty design. It is currently out of stock on their website.
- Would I Recommend? -
I think this is a pretty designer bag for occasional use and I am very pleased to have received it as a gift. I don't think I would have bought it myself as I really prefer leather bags and also the pattern and black and white colours do limit outfit choices. However, the bag is great quality and I love all the designer touches. If you can find one for half price or perhaps second hand then I think it would be worth it.