“ Brand: Nica / Type: Clutch „
I have owned the Nica Rowan clutch bag for a couple of years now, although I admit that it's only over the last few months that I've been using it regularly. I picked the Rowan clutch up at an outlet store that we often visit, costing £18 although looking today I can't find any online stockists for the clutch - Asos and Amazon both offer the bag but currently it is out of stock. The bag is available in limited colours including purple and blue, although mine is a plain black. It is made of polyurethane material that is incredibly soft to the touch and has a lovely pattern around the centre section of the front consisting of frills and decorative small dots. It comes with a metal buckle on the front in the shape of a fish to represent the Nica brand.
The bag has what I consider to be a quirky way of working, something that really attracted me to it. The bag buttons at the front via a strap that wraps around the whole bag. It is folded so that once the button is undone, the whole bag opens out to be flat. It has a zip fastening at the top of this opened out section and things can then be slotted inside. Once it's been packed, the bag is then folded back up again and buttoned to hold it's closed position together. I wouldn't ever think of leaving the bag unbuttoned (ie opened out) because it would then look bulky and not so nice on the eye - it's definitely one that needs to be buttoned up in order to use it properly. The opened out section also has the added benefit of a small pocket on the front, also with a zip fastening, which I find very handy to hold coins on a night out.
There's a very handy strap at the side of the bag which can also be used to wrap it around the wrist if you don't fancy holding it in your hands. I feel this offers me with a bit more security when carrying it. It's also handy to hang it on things - when I nip to the toilets on a night out for example!
When it's closed, it measures around 25cm x 15cm x 10cm. On nights out especially, I hate carrying around a large sized bag because it feels bulky and gets in the way - this size I find to be perfect and just right to fit essentials in (as long as I don't decide to take too much out with me!). Luckily I am quite ruthless when it comes to my night out bag and pack very few items but I don't think this would be the right choice if you're used to taking out a variety of things due to the reasons outlined below.
The one disadvantage to the bag, which some may think is a dealbreaker, is the way that it folds shut. It is impossible to use the main section of the bag for anything substantial, even though it has an area of around 25cm x 25cm when opened, because you always need to bear in mind that the bag has to fold back together again. The strap that fastens the bag together (via the button mechanism on the front) isn't all that long really so there's not really much room for 'give' if the bag is filled with anything bulkier than a small purse. A 25cm x 25cm bag would normally fit quite a bit in for a night out usually, but because of this bag design I find I can only fit a couple of small things in - my phone and a very small purse and then I'm beginning to struggle.
I would say that the bag deserves a 4 star rating overall. I don't think I can hold too much against it for it's folding mechanism because the whole point of that design is to save space and that's something that I really appreciate when I use the bag on a night out. I just feel that it's design could have been slightly different to help ensure it could accommodate all of the very essential things such as a phone, purse and keys. I would advise a different one for those who like to pack their bags up full!
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I bought this handbag for a bargain price on ebay and was really pleased when it arrived as it was still in excellent condition even though it was pre-owned. Nica have a large range of bags in all shapes and sizes, and are well known for the bohemian touches that add a quirky twist to their classic designs. I have this Rowan design bag in the smallest size, which is a handheld clutch version. It is available in a range of different colours, and I chose to buy the black version as the plain colour makes it more versatile and can be paired with most different outfits. The metal hardware is a bright shiny silver colour which stands out against the dark background.
The clutch bag has a neat design where the bag opens out into a long rectangular sort of shape, and then to close it you fold it back up on itself to make more of a compact shape which allows you to comfortably hold it in your hand. There is a wrist strap attached to one side so you can slip the strap over your hand and wear it securely without having to use a shoulder strap or hold it in your hand the whole time. I like this style as it enables me to carry the bag around easily and not have to put it down somewhere while I'm out and about. It is made of a lovely soft black leather material on the exterior, and is held together with a large silver clasp that fastens with a magnetic popper. For some unknown reason the clasp is shaped to look like a large fish, which I find to be somewhat odd, but it does work well to keep the bag safely closed. The outer front side of the bag is also dotted with tiny little silver coloured studs which makes the design quite fun and interesting.
The lining is a dark blue colour with a ditsy micro floral print all over. It is sometimes a little difficult to see exactly what items are inside the bag as the pattern of the lining fabric is so busy and distracting and the dark colour doesn't help either. Once folded out there is an opening across the top edge of the bag which can be fully closed with a zip fastening. The bottom edge which is on the inside of the bag when folded up, has a small zipped pocket. There is also another zipped pocket on the inside of the bag as part of the lining. These pockets are really helpful for separating things out and storing small items safely, as well as making them easily accessible. When I go on a night out I leave my usual bulky purse at home and take only the cash I need for the night, and an "emergency" debit card, which I place directly into the zippered pocket for safe keeping and easy access. This reduces the amount of clutter that I am carrying round with me, which is a must as the amount of space within the bag is limited. Even though the bag folds out, it is not possible to carry larger items inside of it because you then have to fold the bag back up on itself to close it properly, and this either means that your items will also be folded up along with the bag, or it will completely stop you from being able to secure the outside fastener of the bag as it will not reach around the sides of the bag if it is over-filled. I do try to pack lightly for nights out as it is rare I will need a lot of stuff with me, but although I can easily fit in my phone, keys, ID, cash, and maybe one of two bits of make-up, there is no room for something bulkier like perfume or a hairbrush for example.
This is a really handy little clutch bag and I especially like the wrist strap as this makes it easy to securely keep hold of the bag, and wearing the bag over your arm keeps it out of the way with no risk of slipping or falling off. The interior sections are useful for keeping organised, but I feel like the overall shape and size of the bag can restrict the sort of contents you can keep inside of it. I would recommend this as a neat clutch bag that is well suited to taking on nights out to keep your important items safe, but you will struggle to fit much inside of it so it only has limited use.
The Nica Rowan clutch is a must have bag in my eyes.
It comes in a massive range of colours so its the perfect excuse to have one to match every outfit!
The clasp which holds the clutch together is strog and secure providing peace of mind when shimmying across the dance floor. The wrist strap is equally as strong and is an ideal size for slipping over your wrists but still allowing enough access to get into the bag easily.
The main bag is deceptively large as it folds in half with the clasp strap and has an additional zip fastening to add extra security. Inside the pocket, there is a smaller pocket for putting cash, keys or even a phone in which also has it's own zip. The main pocket is large enough to comfortably fit all of your essentials in (including a hairbrush!) and there is an additional pocket which is attached to the outside of the main pocket and when folded become the mid section of the bag. This pocket is long and slim - ideal for keeping your lipgloss and make up essentials at had without having to delve into the main bag.
Be careful not to overfil the middle pocket though otherwise it does get difficult to fasten that clasp over!
Did I mention the soft smooth fabric? almost velvety to the touch, it's an absolute dream to hold.