“ Brand: Religion / Type: Clutch purse with mirror „
I brought this purse from Viva La Diva (see my review of the website) with my Christmas money from my granny. It cost £28 which isn't that cheap but I thought I'd treat myself. The purse is black with a silver zip detail on the flap at the front which zips and unzips but is purely decoration as it doesn't have a function. The fastener of the zip as a small skull on it. The top of the purse has a kneeling skeleton embossed into the leather. It is 11.5cm by 20.5cm which is pretty big, almost like a mini clutch bag - this is good for me as I am forever losing my purse and this is hard to lose but might not be everyone's cup of tea and is too big to fit in some smaller evening bags. The main fastener is a press stud. It is slightly different from your average black purse without being too try-hard and out there. In the top flap there is a good sized mirror which is big enough to easily do your make-up with. At the front of the inside is space for your cards, and behind that is a zipped compartment for change. Behind that is an unzipped space for storing notes with another section for holding cards which is useful if you have cards that you don't want everyone to see every time you open up your purse. Behind that is a similar compartment which I don't really use but would be handy as a place to store receipts. The inner parts of the purse are made of black cloth with the image of the kneeling skeleton on the front repeated in grey. It is a dark grey so it's quite subtle. There are a couple of downsides to the purse. The first is that the zipped compartment's zip extends all the way around the side of the purse rather than just unzipping across the top. This means that it is easy not to zip it up properly if you are not careful which results in money falling out in your bag and all over the floor when you open it. The other major "flaw" is that the zipped compartment is not attached to the compartments fully - it seems to be attached at either end. The problem with that is that it leaves a hole between these two compartments, and when you are trying to put cash back into the purse in the dark it is easy to put cash in the hole and lose it on the floor. I think the purse could be improved by rectifying these design issues. All in all I do like this purse, but it misses out on a star because of the issues above.