Product Type: Ted Baker Handbag leather
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A Gorgeous Tote Bag But Not The Best Quality..
Ted Baker Belieta Small Bowcon Tote
Member Name: angelboouk
Ted Baker Belieta Small Bowcon Tote
Advantages: design, price for a designer name, it's glittery, spacious
Disadvantages: my bag has split after 7weeks of use, thin lining
Last year whilst browsing House of Fraser, I simply fell in love with a sweetie type cart full of Ted Baker tote bags and cases. There were so many gorgeous designs but I couldn't justify buying one at the time. For my birthday this year, my sister asked if I would like one of the bags and I couldn't say no!
~Belieta Small Bowcon Tote~
The Ted Baker range of tote bags is quite extensive. There are various designs and colours available but I have the Belieta Small Bowcon Tote which is black and gold with glitter though you can purchase it in other colours/finishes.
My bag is a smaller version of the large tote bag offered by Ted Baker. It measures 25 x 24 x 12cm and a drop of 18cm. It is made of 100% polyvinyl and can be wiped clean with a soft, dry cloth.
~Price and Availability~
At present, this particular bag but with a different coloured bow, is available to purchase from www.houseoffraser.co.uk priced at £25.00. Other bags in this range are around £29.00.
I originally had my eye on the larger version of this tote bag but it was out of stock so my sister ordered me this one. I like to take a bag of some sort out with me on a daily basis and favour tote bags. I was concerned at first that I wouldn't be able to get used to this bag as it is smaller than what I would normally buy and also that I couldn't carry it on my shoulders.
The quality of the bag is okay. For a Ted Baker product, I would have expected better. The polyvinyl is fairly thick and looking but if you look from the inside out, it is quite see through. The handles aren't the best. They are thick and a bit stiff at first. Having owned this bag for around 7 weeks now, I am quite disappointed to notice it splitting down one corner. The bag scuffs easily too and being black, the scuffs show up clearly.
The inside of the bag is made of a polyvinyl, thin lining which is actually glittery. The glitter does transfer as I have noticed when my taking a sparkly mobile out of my bag! There is a small, thin zip pocket inside the bag which is big enough for some loose change and keys. This isn't the most secure of bags as it does feature an open top so not something one would choose to store a passport or holiday tickets. Basically nothing important.
The actual design of the bag is attractive but won't appeal to all. The outside of the bag has a smooth finish with a glittery appearance. Imprinted in gold writing at the bottom of the bag is 'Ted Baker London' and at the top near the handles is a gorgeous, gold glittery bow. The bow looks quite classy and has remained inplace and undamaged. The bag doesn't look too cheap despite being glittery in appearance.
I use this bag on a daily basis and it goes with most of my rather small, non fashionable wardrobe! It is my main bag and I take it out with me when I go shopping, to do the nursery run etc. I have gotten used to the fact that I need to carry this by my side as opposed to over my shoulder but I do still prefer a shoulder tote. The length of the handles is fine for this purpose and have become more comfortable to use over time even if they do appear a bit mishaped!
This tote bag is suprisingly spacious. It wouldn't be big enough for using for college nor would I recommend placing heavy books in it. It is a good size for carrying around my purse, mobile, a bottle of water, perfume and also my Slimming World book or an A4 magazine. I very rarely need to have anything particularly bulky or heavy in it and the handles have remained secure. I am at a loss as to how it has split at one corner though as I am very careful with it. It is easy to wipe over to keep clean.
I would say that whilst I love the design of this bag and feel quite fashionable taking it out with me on a daily basis, I do find that the quality is a little disappointing. I am aware that this is the one of the cheaper Ted Baker ranges but this shouldn't mean a lesser quality product in my opinion. I feel £25.00 is a fair price for a stylish tote bag but given the split that has appeared, I am doubting the quality of the materials used.
4 stars - thanks for reading :)
Summary: the quality could be better
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