“ Brand: Nica / Style: Shoulder Bag „
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 Tulip design bag in the large size, and it has now been discontinued from their current line. My version is a soft, muted shade of green, which could be described as sage or seafoam. The metal hardware on the handles and fastenings has an antiqued bronze finish which stands out nicely against the green background.
The bag is intended to be worn over your shoulder and has two straps with a neat plaited detail, which adds interest and is my favourite feature of the bag. The straps are a decent size and not too long, so you could still wear this bag hooked over your arm or carry it in your hand if you prefer, but I like to have the bag up out of the way and supported on my shoulder. The bag has a couple of pleated sections and bulbs out to form a larger area, which I assume is why it was given the name "tulip". To contrast with the main body of the bag which consists of the green leather type material, the lining has a ditsy micro floral print, and this same fabric is also used on the pleated sections. There are magnetic popper fastenings to close the pleats and give the bag a more compact shape, however if you undo the poppers then this expands the overall shape of the bag and gives you more room inside to store things. This is incredibly useful if you need to carry any large items, or if you have a lot of things that you need to take out with you. I have often used this as an overnight bag as I am able to store all my essentials, beauty products, and a change of clothes inside this bag. It is also pretty handy for carrying around books when I go to an evening class. There are several pocket sections both inside and on the outside of the bag, which allows me to separate out any smaller, delicate or important items, and gives me quick access to the things I store in these pockets such as my keys and travel card. It is very useful to have these segmented storage sections as the rest of the bag can hold a huge amount of contents, and it is easy for smaller things to get lost within the mass of clutter.
I love the look of this bag and think that it is very stylish considering its large size. It has lasted well even with frequent use, and there is only a slight wearing of the leather material in prominent areas such as on the handles and around the bottom seams. My only niggle is that there is no full closure to allow you to properly close the bag, instead it only has a top tab that pulls the sides inwards and then fastens with a magnetic popper. I suspect it would be difficult to fit a full fastening on the top of the bag because of the expandable sections, but it would be an improvement for peace of mind if it could be fully shut. Overall I think this is a great bag which is really practical and lasts well through frequent use, and I can recommend it if you're lucky enough to find one online like I was.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I am a Nica bag hoarder. Their bags are elegant, classic and versatile and I bet there's a Nica bag for every occasion. This is the bag that made me fall in love with the brand - I purchased a lovely chocolate coloured version for my mum at Christmas and when it arrived I couldn't help but wish I had ordered myself one too.
As with all Nica bags, the detailing is second to none, with intricate metalwork clasps, zips and studs these create little focal points over the bag which your eye instantly gets drawn to.
When you open the bag there are pockets hidden in every part of the beautiful lining which means despite the small size compared to a lot of the range, you can actually fit a lot of essentials (and non essentials) in quite comfortably. The strap is a comfortable size to be either carried in the hand or on your shoulder and the twisted design is actually quite comfortable as the fabric is the usual soft, smooth and buttery soft style which Nica fans will recognise.
Priced at a slightly lower price point than most of the Nica bags at around £40, this is an absolute must have and for those of you who haven't experienced a Nica bag yet...what are you waiting for?
The Nica range is most widely available in Debenhams and TK Maxx but can also be bought in John Lewis and House of Fraser. The latter two of that list tend to have them bags at a slightly higher price and TK Maxx tend to have slightly older styles that are going out of season.
The Tulip range is made from beautifully aged faux leather