“ Brand: River Island / Type: Shoulder Bag „
I had a bit of a clearout the last week, trying to prepare for the new year - out with the old and in with the new. I have a love of bags, and whilst this process was hard, throwing away bags, some of which I have had over 4 years or so and never use, I realised, I really don't have that many! My love of asos of course meant it was my first point of call, and I had spotted this bag on there some time ago and had it lingering in my wishlist. So when payday came and it was 20% off I knew I had to buy it.
The satchel is a lovely camel colour, made of faux leather, on the body and closes with a flap which has a slight crocodile skin/snake skin effect in beige. It has a small carry handle with gold chain hooks on either end and has a longer handle for wearing the bag cross body. I tend to wear the bag this way, as I found carrying it like a school bag looks rather tedious, and also it pops closed with one magnetic closing device which is a bit flimsy so I worry that by holding the bag by the handle it will put too much pressure on it, and the bag will pop open and my contents will go flying! So, as mentioned this means I wear it by putting the long strap across my shoulder and letting the bag hang. I love how it looks this way, my only small issue is that the handle is really long, and so the bag swings down by my thigh and constantly bashes against me when I am walking :( This is a problem a) because it's annoying and b) because I had a bag similar like this in the past and with River Island quality, after some time I find the bag rubs against my (usually for work) dark clothing and this transfers onto the bag making it look black and worn on this side.
The bag does look quite premium and nice enough with it's "gold" plated River Island plate on the outside which makes the bag look more expensive than it is. Also the tassels on the bag give it a fashionable edge which I really like.
Inside the bag has a zip pocket on the side opposite to the flap, where I tend to keep my phone/sanitary products/keys etc for easy access. On the opposite site, internally there is a large open pocket which I find handy for keeping things like my oyster card for near and easy reach. The bag unfortunately isn't the biggest of bags, but it is reasonably sized for someone like me who likes to bring everything but the kitchen sink! It can fit a mgazine, a small umbrella, a bottled drink, my rather large River Island purse and the dozens of other essentials I like to carry in my bag on a daily basis. One thing I would mention is to be careful not to overload the bag as the handle is rather thin, so concentrates a lot of the weight on a small pressure area on my shoulder. This results in the bag feeling heavier than it is and me constantly swapping which side I carry the bag on, to even out the pain!
I really bought this bag to replace the one I had before which was the same style but a different design. I knew all the pitfalls to expect, the quality of the material, and the bag sometimes feeling heavy if I overloaded it, but I like the look of it so was willing to sacrifice some pain for the beauty lol. It's a lovely bag really, and if taken care of it will last a long time. The bag can still be bought online and in stores for £35 but I managed to nab it on special offer for a decent £28. I think in hindsight I am glad I got it on offer, and I know I would have definitely only bought it reduced (me being money savvy, I notice all stuff on asos at some point or another seem to go down in price!) so I would recommend to anyone eyeing up this bag to get it on sale, 35 quid is a bit overpriced - you're really just paying for the River Island name!