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I bought this purse in a car boot in Battersea, South London. Brand new, good quality, £5. (Original price £22 - but you can get 10% discount if you are a student with a valid student card or NUS card) So this was a bargain! But I bought this in the green color, which is the alternative color to the blue one. But you can also get this wallet in red and other Cath Kidston colors and patterns such as florals and stars. Ever since the first day I bought this, I love it and still in fantastic condition when I first bought it over a year ago.
The good thing about this wallet is that it is a decent size, it's not too big, not too small - it's perfect! It has lots of space for you cards/credit/debit cards, 12 slots which is great, especially if you love shopping! Behind the space for the credit cards is a place which can be used for bank notes and receipts, but I use mine for receipts, because I use my credit card too much! Finally there is a place to place notes/loose coins. So this wallet has a place for everything - so you will never loose anything again, it folds too, so it does not take up room in your handbag like some purses.
However, two bad things about this purse is that the front of the wallet can loose its shape and the back of the purse becomes fatter, and once the purse looses its shape, and you have things like make-up in your handbag (like me!) the material that holds the credit cards can get dirty very easily, and the material is not washable, unlike the cover of the purse which is waterproof, and can be wiped with a damp cloth if it gets dirty. So it's good to have a leather purse.
After having this wallet for a while, the material of the product has stayed in good condition, no wears, no rips, no threads but when it starts to get dirty, it can start to show how often the purse is used. But its not like a handbag where everyone is going to see it, so luckily purses/wallets stay in your handbag most of the time.
Overall, if you are looking for a good quality purse, then I would recommend this one. Because it is good to have a good wallet unless you like to change your wallet as much as your bag! Unlike some brands where you can pay up to £50-60 whereas this one your paying £40 less. You will have this purse for ages, still stays in fantastic quality, looks expensive and good value too! So worth that last £20!
Ok, so I've just the reviewed the sage green spot Cath Kidston saddle bag that I recently bought, I mentioned that I ended up saving £20.00 on the saddle bag, well my £20.00 saving actually turned into spending another £6.00 as I ended up buying the matching purse!
So here we go with a review of the matching purse.
As with all Cath Kidston bags and purses the purse is available in a few different colours and fabrics. I bought the sage green spot design to match my sage green spot saddle bag, the only other colour that they had in the spot design purse was a berry red. The purse was £26.00, this was the full price and not in the sale, they did however have a couple of floral designs in the sale at £20.00.
The purse is made from the same durable wipe clean oilcloth fabric as the saddle bag, which I have found to be waterproof in the rain, and obviously any spills or drips will just wipe off this easily enough with a tissue or a wet one. The interior of the purse has a matching sage green spot cotton lining, which I think makes a lovely addition rather than just having a plain lining. The coin section of the purse fastens with a zipper which has a brown leather toggle on the end which matches the buckles on the saddle bag perfectly, and the notes and cards section of the purse fastens with a brown leather clasp which again matches the buckles on the saddle bag.
The notes and coins section of the purse folds out and so has slots for cards on both sides, it has plenty of room to hold loads of cards, and I can easily fit all of my debit, credit and loyalty cards in here with room to spare. It has two large slots for notes behind the card slots. The coin section is quite roomy and is sectioned off in the middle, this is really handy for me as I travel a lot and so I can keep Sterling coins in one side, and Euro coins in the other side. My previous purse only had one large coin section and I found this to be a bit of a pain when trying to fish out a certain type of currency.
It's not an especially large purse, but it's plenty big enough to be useful without being too big and bulky and cumbersome. It easily fits in everything that I need, and it will even fit my passport slotted just inside the fold out card section, again this is really handy for me as I travel so often. I've swapped and changed this purse between many different handbags and it easily fits in them all.
I've had lots of use out of this purse already, and I'm sure that I'll continue to get lots of use out of it. It is really tough and sturdy and hard wearing, and it seems like it will last for years. I would definitely recommend this purse, in fact I'd recommend Cath Kidston bags and purses in general.
I adore cath kidston products due to the gorgeous unique vintage feel to them. Most of her items are floral but a small majority are polka dot, this purse been one of them. I love it! I first discovered it after a uni friend showed me hers and i instantly knew it was designed by cath kidston, her items have such character and are really recogniseable because of her concistency in her designs.
I decided to have a look online and see how much they were, and discovered that each purse is £25. Ofcourse this is expensive and as it's a cath kidston product it's a case of paying more for the brand than the product, but i decided to treat myself anyway and ordered one. There were 2 colour options available; blue with red spots or, the colour i chose - blue with white spots.
It's a gorgeous shade of light navy blue/duck egg blue, but is certianly not as dark in colour as it looks in the dooyoo catalouge picture (above.) The polka dots are perfectly round and chunky (around the size of a 1p coin), they're white and are consistently speckled all over the purse, even on the stitching. The little leather-style chocolate brown strap that goes over the popper button matches really well with this.
The stitching around the corners is neat but visisble, adding a shabby chic look to the purse. The material is lovely and soft and has an oil cloth feel to it, however it is 100% PVC coated cotton, it's lovely and sleek.
The overall look is very vintage and girly.
Although on the Cath Kidston product description of the purse it describes it as "a compact little purse", i'd class it as a large purse and it is slightly larger than the small-medium purses i usually go for, but it gives it character, makes it noticeable and it's easier to keep grip of/hold, but i'd describe it as been more of a clutch bag sized purse, as it measures 19cm by 11cm. Hardly 'little'!
Opening and closing the pure is made simple with a zip that goes all the way across when the popper button is open, the zip has a little chocolate leather brown tag on it to allow it doesn't hurt your fingers when pulling it. It opens smoothly with ease and i've never had any problems with getting it closed again or it getting stuck.
Inside the purse it's really spacious and has room for 12 cards (6 on each side), and a section which is secured with a zip for loose change, and a pocket which is designed for keeping notes (cash) compressed and safe, however would be large enough to store a key or two. There's also another pocket that's ideal for storing tickets, small photos, etc.
The purse is way to big to go in a pocket but it goes in my bag fine and it's easy to find when paying for something due to the size; i don't have to rummage about for it!
I've had mine for 3 months or so. It's good quality and becaus it's pvc coated if i get any dirt on it i can just wipe it down with a damp cloth which is handy! For £25 it is brilliant quality and i'd reccomend it if you're in search for a pretty, spacious and unique new purse.
Cath Kidston is a designer who is well known for her own floral print designs. Her stores sell everything from cushions and jugs to babygros and bags. She has about 20 shops in the UK and the items look almost vintage, and very pretty. It's definitely a shop for girls! Although not the most expensive designer around, we're not talking Primark prices, and this wallet set me back £25.
Firstly I have to say that I think £25 is quite pricey for a wallet, but I bought it as a little treat to myself and I have no regrets. But I've also bought purses on the high street for a fraction of the price, which have been really good quality and done a good job for me too.
The wallet is a lovely sky blue colour (a bit lighter than it appears in this picture) with white dots the size of a 5p piece. It has a slight sheen to it and feels slightly plasticy, but not in an unpleasant way. A look on the website tells me the outside of this wallet is made from 100% PVC-coated cotton. I think the spotty design could appear a bit childlike, but there is a strap and a zip-pully which are both brown leather, and this simple touch makes the wallet seem more grown up. Closed, it measures 19cm by 11cm.
The zipped half of the wallet contains two large compartments for change. The zip opens smoothly and I have no problem getting a good handful of coins in here. The material inside is the same blue cotton with the white dots (but without the PVC coating), which is a really nice touch.
The other half opens by unpopping the popper button underneath the small brown strap. As it opens out, we have the same spotty material again, and there is space on each side for six cards (so 12 altogether). There is also a pocket behind each of the card sections, and a pocket behind the pocket (!), giving us four more compartments. And then behind the whole lot is another pocket which is double the size of all the others, and could be used for notes. Even if you have loads of store cards, vouchers, tickets, etc, you'll probably find room for it all in here somewhere!
I reckon I've had this wallet for about 18 months now and, although I use it every day, it's still in really good condition, although there is a little wear and tear to some of the corners. But no rips, tears or splits, and the outside still looks good as new.
If you're a fan of Cath Kidston and fancy a little treat, I would really recommend this lovely purse. It's big enough for all your cash and cards, and it looks cute too. Perfect!
(At the time of writing, a few of these wallets are reduced on the Cath Kidston website - although not this exact one sadly! There are also masses of other products with this same design from mugs and bags to ribbons and cushions.)