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Kipling Alvar Shoulder Bag
Member Name: kingfisher111
Kipling Alvar Shoulder Bag
Date: 25/11/10, updated on 05/08/13 (186 review reads)
Advantages: stylish, practical
I'm not the sort of person who tends to have lots of different handbags, mainly because I am likely to forget to swap over essential items over and end up leaving the house without keys or money! Therefore, I tend to always just have one handbag that I use for everything until it gets so battered that I need to get a new one! Therefore, my handbag always needs to be functional, smart and be able to go with pretty much any outfit that I am wearing, which, of course, means that it has to be black!
For my recent birthday, I was feeling that it was about time for a new bag and having browsed lots of websites I showed my husband a Kipling bag on the John Lewis website that he very kindly bought for me. I've had it now a couple of months and I absolutely love it!
The bag I got was the Kipling Alvar Zip Across Body Handbag which is available in either black or fuchsia. Needless to say I got the black! It comes in a crinkled nylon fabric which I really like but might not be to everyone's tastes. Across the front it has two zipped compartments and the Kipling logo. The zips are quite prominent and when I first saw the bag I thought they looked like two white stripes going across the front. I think that the whole appearance of the bag is very attractive and I am very happy with it. Added to this there is also the appearance of the trademark Kipling monkey key ring which I love and my daughters adore. In fact they adore this little chap so much that I am surprised that he is still attached to the bag and not now living in one of theirs! This monkey is very cute and my daughters love the fact that he has bendy arms which means that they can make him suck his thumb!
I like the bag because it is very roomy having two main zipped compartments as well as the two extra thinner ones at the front. As well as that it has compartments for a mobile phone, MP3 player and pens. It also has a clipped keycord which I guess the main purpose is for attaching keys. However, I use it for attaching my memory stick that I use at work which is incredibly useful as that is the one thing that I never want to use. There are also a couple of extra pockets inside, so if you are that way inclined, it has everything you need to be extremely organised. I only wish that I was as I tend just to throw everything in. The bag has enough space for everything that I want to put in it and is big enough to hold a paperback book as well which is great for when I am travelling on the train.
The bag has an adjustable shoulder strap that is long enough to wear across the body although I tend to just use it as a shoulder bag, The strap can be up to 123 cm in length if you choose. It is also easy to see that the bag is very well made I've had it for over two months and I've taken it with me everywhere everyday and it shows no signs of wear and tear at all. It is also smart enough for work but casual enough for more relaxed occasions.
The bag costs £49 from John Lewis which is not cheap but I think is very reasonably priced for what you get. I really like my black one but I do think that the fuchsia is a little too bold for me. It's a great bag and could quite possibly make an ideal Christmas gift too.
Summary: A lovely stylish bag