“ Brand: Radley / Type: Purse / Ladies Wallet „
THE RADLEY RANGE
The Radley range has been around for quite a long time. Every Radley hand bag or purse is very typical of the Radley style and has a dog motif on it.
To me Radley bags and purses are generally pretty over priced, but then I feel this way about a lot of designer brands as you are paying for the name really which I think is often quite silly. That's just my opinion though.
Depending on where you get it from, this purse retails on average for about £50. Very expensive for a purse!
SO WHY DO I HAVE ONE?
As I've just said I think Radley's are definitely over priced and would not pay for one myself. However when I left my last job I was given this as a leaving present, everyone chipped in. I do love bags and purses (and anything girly) so this was a lovely surprise for me and extremely generous of them!
Although, even though I'm saying that I wouldn't pay that much for one, I'm very glad I have one as I love mine.
WHAT'S IT LIKE?
The purse looks great! There's no denying that, as do most Radley purses.
It is about 10cm square in size. So not the most practical purse for me really. I always seem to fill my purse with all sorts of loyalty cards and vouchers (and I always seem to end up with loads of receipts in there too no matter how many times I clear them out?)
I tend to use another chunkier purse for my every day use and just use this one for going out and for times when I don't need my hundreds of everyday stuff.
My Purse has the dog in a cream colour and then a large teal coloured flower and smaller purple flowers. This design is also available in other colour themes too such as burgundy and looks just as lovely!
This purse, as with all Radley bags and purses, are fantastic quality. I've had this purse for quite some time now and it is still in great condition. It is hard wearing but still looks great.
I love this purse and am so glad I have one. It looks lovely and is really great quality, I'm still not sure this justifies the huge price tag however! Therefore I am only awarding this purse 3/5 as it is far too expensive.
I would recommend but wish it were a little cheaper!
Thank you for reading
xx Mrs K xx
I was bought this purse by my family for a birthday and I love it! I am a big fan of the Radley brand, I always find that the products they make are of a very good quality and I love the little dog too. The prices of tehir products are rather expensive but you do get what you pay for in terms of quality.
The purse that I have has a slightly different image on the front but it features the dog and some flowers but they are arrange in a different fashion. The purse is leather and black with the details being grey and burgundy. The leather is plain, there's no contours or anything and I like this, it's lovely and smooth and the smell is lovely.
The purse is very practical for me. It's just wide enough to hold credit cards and it holds them quite snuggly so you know they won't fall out but also not so tightly that it's very difficult to get them out. The purse stays closed by a little tab which when you pull it it will allow the purse to open up fully. Inside you have 6 slots for your credit cards, a section for your coins and a long section for notes.
This is not the biggest purse there is. It measures roughly 10cm x 10.5cm x 3.5cm but it is big enough to hold some credit cards and some money. I find that if I have alot of change then it's difficult to close this purse and it looks bulky and out of shape so it's not great for holding a great deal of change.
I personally use this purse on a regular basis and make sure I keep it clean and don't over fill it with things. I have used this every day since I have owned it (over a year) and it still remains in very good condition which is what I would expect from this brand.
A small flapover purse from Radley like this will cost around £50 so a lot of money but it's a lovely gift to receive which is of a very good quality.
Having been fortunate enough to receive a Radley handbag as a birthday present last year, I really wanted one of their purses for Christmas. When shopping with my mum just before Christmas we spotted a few around in the big stores. Fortunately Debenhams had one of their promotion days on and we managed to get 20% off. The purse that I liked best was a Dalloway Flapover purse wallet which has an RRP of £37.
I went for the black one which has Radley the Scottie dog chasing through flowers after a butterfly on the flap. The dog and two of the flowers are made of coloured leather stitched on the purse, the rest of the design is printed in coordinating colours with the butterfly 'trails' being stitched on also. The colour of the design on the black purse is lilac, purple and blue mainly. The design is on the flap of the coin section which is lined in a green and white floral print and the flap is backed with lilac leather. There is only one section - no divider - and I have to admit that sometimes it can get a bit bulky even though I haven't got that amount in there. For example, at the moment I only have just over £3 in change but apart from the £1 coins I have a lot of coppers which take up a lot of room. Much more change and I would struggle to do it up. The flap is secured with a popper. My previous purse was closed with a zip, which I think is more secure, and roomier as far as storing coins, so I didn't have to worry if the shop I was in had run out of £5 notes, and handed me £8 in coins for example (apart from the weight!), with this purse I would be worried where I would put them all.
The wallet section is behind the purse and is secured with a flap and a popper. There is no design or detail to this side, just the logo embossed on it. Inside it has a lilac leather trim with the card sections alternating in lilac or pale pink leather. There are six section in all (three on each side) which I think is a good number considering the number of loyalty cards you can get these days - I wouldn't want any less. There is also an extra space behind the card slots on each slide - so another two - but I find these too tight to manoeuvre cards into, so I use them for postage stamps and appointment cards. As my purse is new the card slots are quite stiff, but I know from experience they do 'give' a bit after use making it easier to get your cards in and out. The notes section is behind the cards and is lined in the same floral fabric as the coin section. It is wide enough to keep notes in flat, when open.
Overall I do really like this purse, it is well made and of good quality, as well as looking attractive. My only disappointment is that I would prefer a roomier coin section, preferably with a zip closure. However as I chose it myself I can only blame myself! To be honest it is not something that occurred to me when I chose it, so I have brought it up as it maybe a consideration to others. The purse is 11 x 11cm so compact in that sense, and a good size to fit in jeans pockets if I don't want to carry a bag - providing I don't have too many coins, but in the sense of putting it in a pocket that could be a nuisance with any purse. I do recommend Radley purses in general for their quality although they can be pricey, so do shop around for store promotions on in the sales as they are not generally discounted.
This particular design seems to have been discontinued on the website, although I have seen it on e-bay and there maybe some in stores. However, the flapover style is still available with different designs.