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The Kipling Women's Nagato shoulder bag is a bit expensive at around £40 - £80, depending on where you buy it from and which colour choice you go for. I got this in the colour pictured above (warm grey) a few months ago from Amazon for close to £40, and at that price I've been really pleased with it. I don't think that this is a rip-off at full price, I'm just not one who is in a position to spend quite that much on a single handbag.
At present, Amazon are showing that this available in a range of colours from bright pink through to black, with a floral print available too, as well as a rather bold metallic silver. I chose warm grey because it goes with most things while making a change from my usual boring black.
Like all Kipling bags, this is instantly recognisable because of the little monkey keychain hanging off the end, and the brand logo on the front of the bag.
What I like about this bag is that the quality is extremely good, and the brand is generally a reliable one. You can buy a Kipling bag over the internet (from reputable sellers of course) without fear of a cheap, nasty bag turning up that might fall apart within the first week. The stitching is neat and tight, the lining is fixed firmly in place and the handles are sturdy and strong.
Inside this particular bag, there is a lot of room, including multiple useful compartments for storing a bit of makeup, a mobile phone, a diary and pen etc. I like that I don't have to dive through my bag and churn out the whole contents every time I want to pull something out of it! There are three zipped compartments on the outside, then there's one zipped and several open compartments on the inside of the main area too. The overall storage space is roomy, which is ideal for women like me who want to carry everything from their purse and keys through to a diary, bottle of perfume and mini first aid kit besides.
What I also really like about this bag is that it comes with both carry handles and a shoulder handle, so I can grab it by the handles as I fly out of the door, then hoist it up onto my shoulder for a longer walk into town.
Although there are cheaper bags this size available, I think you'd be hard pushed to find one of the same quality for much less. This looks good, has plenty of storage space, is hard wearing and doesn't cost the earth. In fact I can't think of anything I don't like about it so it's got to be five stars from me!
===Why I Got This===
Well these days I keep my eyes open for bargains on Amazon with these Kipling bags and the other day I managed to pick up this Nagato bag n Warm Grey for £23 - whereas the full price is £69.
Kipling have been making bags for over 25 years and are now a world-wide brand.
Made in China.
Monkey is called BESS.
Designed in Antwerp and from the Basic range.
Large bag with long handles. Also has a detachable shoulder/cross body strap.
An oblong boxy design. The front pocket is zipped and has an additional smaller zipped pocket on its front. The main central pocket is large and has a smaller zipped pocket inside, an attached key fob as well as two slip pockets and three pen slots.
Outer material is lightweight nylon and inner polyester lining is pale blue.
Handles are 24 inches in total with reinforced hand grips. These are effectively 11 inches when in use and are 1.25 inches wide. The detachable shoulder strap and clips are 57 inches long and also 1.25 inches wide.
Base of bag is 5.5 x 14 inches and the bag is 8.5 inches high.
One front pocket has depth of half an inch while the smaller front one is flat.
14 colours listed on Amazon and 11 on the Kipling website.
The Kipling website states it is 11 litre capacity.
Full price is now £69 but I bought it for £23!
This is a lovely big bag and much bigger than my Kipling Reth bag which I sold on ebay to fund this one.
I always look out for bargains on Amazon and you can often be incredibly lucky - however you do not always get a great selection of colours reduced in price which is why I ended up with Warm Grey which is actually beige.
Again this is a lightweight bag and will sit quite flat if you have not stuffed it with items.
The front pocket is quite roomy in itself and has plenty of room for my make-up and purse. I can put my parking permit in the very slim front pocket - but there is plenty of room for a phone or camera as well.
The main body of the bag s huge and much bigger than it appears in the picture and will carry books, bottles of water, your lunch, hat, scarf, gloves, shoes or shopping - almost A4 size but you could not really get a file in. I always keep keys on the key fob and I will usually have my camera in the small zipped pocket inside. This would easily take a kindle etc but I do not carry those sort of gadgets.
As with most Kipling bags you are advised to just clean any marks with a wet sponge and not to use bleach.
Personally mine have never got very dirty and I did put an old one through a cool wash in the machine and it was fine. I do remove the monkeys when I buy these bags as I do not like them dangling personally - though I have on occasion actually just sold a monkey on ebay for nearly the same cost as the bag - depends on what name the monkey has.
The shoulder strap is huge so would fit anyone - it adjusts very easily by just slide it to the required length and it just stays in place.
I also like that this bag has zips instead of velcro.
This bag has no back or side pockets but I like the uncluttered look to it - compared to others which have pockets all over the outsides.
This bag will hold all your daily requirements and expands to hold a great deal - however if it is comparatively empty it will just look flatter - but will be really to hold whatever you care to drop into it, so it is very versatile.
===Selling your Kipling Bags===
If you look after your Kipling bags and have bought them as a bargain you will almost certainly get your money back if you later sell them on with ebay - just keep the monkey safe as well as people like those and the bag loses its value if the monkey is missing.
4 stars - depending on the cost.
===Would I Recommend?===