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Great lightweight handbag that can be expanded to hold A4 files.
Kipling Sumida Handbag
Member Name: rolandrat
Kipling Sumida Handbag
Advantages: Adjustable size and appearance - bright and colourful
Disadvantages: Cost at full price - not many compartments.
Kipling was founded in 1987 in Belgium and produce travel bags and now also lots of different handbags and purses.
Every Kipling bag comes with a monkey key-hanger, which can be removed if you do not like that sort of thing - it can be either a bag charm or an ordinary key ring.
===Why I Bought===
I am now a firm fan of Kipling bags but find they are very expensive at full price so I always keep my eye open for a bargain.
Knowing that I would be given some money for Christmas I was delighted to find this bag reduced from £65 to around £26 on Amazon - and by using a 20% offer for signing up for their fashion newsletters I actually got the bag for just over £21.
The bags are very lightweight, washable (though the manufacturers state they should be spot cleaned - but they can be easily washed at 30 degrees in a machine or gently by hand).
===Kipling Bag Advantages===
1 - Lightweight
2 - Lots of organisation pockets
3 - Some cross body for convenience
4 - Nice chunky zip-pulls
5 - Cute monkey keyring - which can be removed if you choose
6 - Lots of colour choices
7 - Easy to clean.
===The Sumida Bag===
This bag is part of Kipling's Basic range and is classed as 'Small'.
It is also described as a 'duffle' bag but to me a duffle bag has a draw string closure which this one does not - but apparently the term can refer to any large bag or holdall.
This is a large handbag or small overnight style bag and has grab handles as well as a detachable shoulder/cross body strap.
* Size is 17 inches wide when at largest and 9.5 inches long - with an additional 2 inches of expansion again. The base is 6 inches wide.
* Garb handles are 19 inches and are reinforced over the webbing where they are held
* Adjustable and detachable shoulder strap (40 inches long and 1.25 wide)
* Zipped main compartment
* Zipped inner pocket
* Two slip pockets and three pen slots
* Furry monkey key ring called Yvonne
* Internal key shackle fastened by length of cord to body of bag
* Fabric: nylon
* Lining: nylon
* Can be worn on the shoulder or across the body
* Can be used as handbag with strap removed
* Expandable base - adds just over 2 inches in length
* Can change shape by fastening lobster claw grips to rings on the lower sides of the bag.
I have seen this 'Small' Sumida bag online in grey, black and purple. The only one that was selling on Amazon when I bought it was the Carnation Pink one which is shown in the image above.
The standard Sumida comes in other colours such as bright red and with a contrasting zip.
The one I bought was classed as 'Small' and the standard Sumida is slightly large and has a zipped pocket on the front.
I paid just over £21!
The recommended retail price is £65.
* Cost at full price.
* This bag does not have a lot of different pockets as some others do.
I was delighted to be able to pick up such a good large Kipling bag for just over £20.
Granted it was only on sale in the Carnation Pink, but I am lucky to have a small wallet in that exact colour so it was perfect for me, as well as loving pink colours and having a cerise coloured duffle coat anyway.
Kipling do many different shades of pink but this one is quite deep and not at all 'Barbie' and more a sort of cerise shade.
I like the fact that the bag has handles, as all my other Kipling bags only have shoulder straps.
The zips are chunky and strong with Kipling logo on the zip pulls. The fabric and lining are both water resistant - so unless you are out in a complete downpour the contents should be fine.
The bag can look very different depending on how you fasten it.
The bottom zip around the body of the bag can be undone to add an extra 2 inches of length to the bag - with this expanded and the two lobster claws undone at the sides this is a large roomy holdall that will easily accommodate A4 files and lots of items for a night away.
However if you want to look more dressy you can close the expansion section so the zip just looks decorative and fasten the lobster claws onto the two D-rings down near the base - this makes the bag more into a Gladstone sort of shape and is much more compact and dressy - although still roomy inside.
If you want to use it with the shoulder straps you need to undo the claws and then fasten them to the strap. However I am lucky to have another Carnation Pink strap from my Quaso bag so I can use that strap fastened near the grab handles and still keep the lobster claws fasted to the D-rings - thereby having the best of both worlds - the bag more compact and also with a long strap.
I do not find this bag too large for every day use at all - and it is also versatile enough to carry files if I am attending a meeting.
I love the bright colour and the fact that with just the handles it is more dressy than an ordinary shoulder bag.
Also its large base means it can sit nicely on a table without flopping over to much.
The only thing I would have liked would be maybe a few more compartments inside the bag - and perhaps have the bottom section as a separate pocket - but then it would not be large enough for files so all in all I am very happy with my new bag.
4 stars - the bag would get 5 but because of cost at full price I gave it a 4.
===Would I Recommend?===
You can also find various clips showing the size and layout of various Kipling bags by visiting YouTube.
Can be found in many shops but I get mine on line mostly from Amazon or Javari.
You can also buy then from the official Kipling website, QVC shopping channel or various other handbag websites.
Summary: A great lightweight and versatile travel/handbag
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