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      20.09.2013 10:52
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      A stylish book bag from Cath Kidston

      I love reading books and everybody who knows me knows this fact. Due to this, every christmas I tend to get presents that are somehow related to my hobby of reading books. Last christmas I received this Cath Kidston book bag present from my cousin.


      I have quite a lot of shoppers/ book bags but I have never owned a Cath Kidston book bag so luckily she was spot on with her present. I have been eyeing Cath Kidston products for a long time but I never got around to purchasing a bag from the range because Cath Kidston products tend to be on the expensive side.


      I did some search online and I found out that this book bag costs £ 18.00, which really is a lot more expensive compared to most other shoppers. The one I received as a present has the Kentish Rose design with a pale navy blue background; the main focus of the design is the red roses in full bloom which looks very lovely. This book bag is advertised as an oil cloth book bag, which means that it is water-proof and very handy for a student like me. The design is retro yet sylish.


      The dimensions of this book bag are 38 (height) x 33 (width) x 8 (depth) in cm, which is pretty spacious for my needs. I can fit everything from books to A4 files and even a small textbook for university. The handles of the bag is long enough for me to carry this bag on the shoulder, and this makes it easier to carry the bag when it's raining and I have to hold an umbrella as well.


      The interior of the bag is made with 100% cotton and it has a small pocket inside to keep my valuables like keys and ID cards safe. The material is 100% PVC-coated cotton so it is also very easy to wipe clean if I spill anything on the bag, which I have done a few times. I spilt diet coke once and it was easy to wipe clean with a tissue.


      I don't use this book bag all the time since I need a bigger bag if I have a lot of lectures and need to take several A4 files. However, this bag comes in very handy for a windy/rainy day and I also use this bag for shopping. I have had this bag for more than 6 months now and it still looks fine; I can't see any obvious wear and tear and the bag still holds the sturdy shape.


      Overall, I am very please with this bag, even more so because I received this book bag as a present. At £ 18.00 per bag, the price tag is a bit steep so it might be worthwhile to look out for end of season sales.


      Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) x

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        27.07.2013 14:26
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        book bag from Cath Kidston

        I have always loved Cath Kidston vintage look products and so when I was visiting a friend in Oxford recently I had to visit the Cath Kidston shop in the city. I could quite easily spend a few hours browsing the gorgeous array of things on offer; if only I had more money! During my last visit I did treat myself to a few goodies including a very attractive book bag.

        The book bag comes in a variety of designs including Kentish rose, King Street rose, big spot, cowboy and tea rose. I love spotty designs and especially liked the bright red background with its large white spots. The bag is well made of 100% cotton oilcloth so has a shiny waxed exterior. It is a decent size measuring 33 cm in width and 42 cm in height. It has two long handles that enable me to carry it on my shoulder.

        Inside the bag has one internal open pocket; useful for keeping my keys handy. Although this bag is sold as a book bag, it can of course, be used to carry anything. I use it as an everyday shopping bag. I have also used it as a swimming bag as it is big enough to take a towel and costume. The bag is the idea size to carry my trainers plus sports kit when I go to the gym. The oilcloth is really useful as it means the bag is waterproof. The bag is comfortable to carry and the long carry handles are a good length so it doesn't cut under my arms.

        I paid £18 for my bag which is not cheap! However I was happy to pay for the gorgeous design and high quality finish of this bag. I have other Cath Kidston products and they have all lasted well so hopefully this useful bag will also give years of service.

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          28.03.2013 16:48
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          A lovely bag used almost daily.

          I have rather a thing for Cath Kidston fabrics - I find the old fashioned, rather kitsch floral designs rather beautiful. My mum knows this, and for a housewarming gift when I moved, rather than risk giving me some decorative item I might not like, or a practical item I might already have, she gave me a Cath Kidston book bag, which I was delighted to receive.

          The shape of the bag is as you see above, rectangular with straps made of the same patterned fabric as the bag. However, there are a range of fabric designs, and I don't have the floral one pictured above. You see, in dress sense I'm something of a tomboy, and as stunning at the floral designs are, a floral book bag would seem rather incongruous with my every day wear. My mum, knowing this, picked me out a bag in an unusual cowboy fabric (I wasn't aware Cath Kidston did anything other than florals), and rather than just being a cotton bag, mine is made from printed oilcloth, which makes it water proof, and in my mind at least also makes it a little tougher.

          The fabric shows cowboys in a variety of poses - a red shirted cowboy sits on his haunches, his serape rolled behind him, looking off into the distance where you can see a farming cabin and a large cactus. Meanwhile, a cowboy in a mustard yellow shirt in galloping at full speed on his horse, his lasso twirling above his head, and another red shirted cowboy practices twirling his lasso next to his covered wagon. It's an action packed design, with plenty of detail - you can see the expression on the yellow shirted cowboy face, the muscles of the horse captured in movement, and you can almost hear the hooves beating down on the ground behind you. And of course, just below the handle, the recognizable Cath Kidston logo is stitched on. There is a small pocket inside the bag near the top - it doesn't have any zip or fasten on it, so I wouldn't use it, for example, for my wallet or my phone, as it doesn't seem very secure, although I do tend to pop my bus ticket in here if I'm out and about.

          The straps on the bag are in the same fabric, and they are long enough to enable this to be worn as a shoulder bag. The bag measures 33 x 38cm, and the stitching throughout is nice and tidy.

          I find the bag a good size for holding a text book and my notes if I'm going to the library to work on my course (I could work from home, but I work better without distractions) as well as a pencil case and a small dictionary. It will hold an a4 folder easily, and can even hold a smaller laptop. I also tend to use it when I might need a larger handbag - for example, on train journeys, as it easily fits in all the stuff I use day to day, as well as books and magazines to read, and a roll for lunch.

          The fabric, being oilcloth, has a slight glossy shine to it. I do think this doesn't look as nice, finish wise, as the ordinary cotton cloths, but it certainly is more practical, and is very hard wearing. I've been caught out in the rain several times and (thankfully) this has helped keep my work dry. It's also had a couple of things spill inside it, but was easy to wipe clean, although sadly not without a little bit of staining on the inside. It's also been dragged along the floor by my daughter a couple of times, but hasn't really sustained any damage, which I'm happy about.

          This bag (still available for £18) is lovely. It's probably not something I would have purchased for myself, having not been aware of the existence of non-floral patterns, but I really do like it. £18 is a little more than I would normally pay for a bag, but I suppose in this case you're paying for the name. I would normally begrudge that, but I've actually received several compliments on my bag, so I won't moan too much about it this time. Overall, a wonderful and much appreciated gift, that gets used on an almost daily basis.

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            18.03.2013 22:21
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            A stylish, good looking and practical bag from Cath Kidston

            As a little Christmas gift my Aunt bought me a Cath Kidston Book Bag. I am a big fan of Cath Kidston and all things made/designed by her and my family always buy me a few items at Christmas's and birthdays which I always love.

            The book bag I was bought is in the English Rose pattern of which I also have a diary which matches very nicely. This is a nice pale blue background, with a variety of lovely large bunches of pink, blue and yellow flowers. I really like this pattern as it is one of her more classic looks and the flowers and leaves look hand painted. These colours seem to match everything and it looks very stylish and pretty. You can tell it is Cath Kidston from a mile away, there is also a Cath Kidston branding label on the front of the bag which is the distinctive white with red writing.

            The bag has approximate dimensions of 38 cm height x 33 cm width and a depth of about 8 cm. This is a book bag rather than a shopper bag and as such is long and thin, but it can still hold a good amount of stuff and I often use it for shopping that I have picked up on my way home as well. The straps on this are nice and long and fit easily over a big winter coat. Inside the bag is lined with beige cotton and has a small pocket for smaller items to sit.

            This book bag is made of 100 % cotton, which is slightly unusual because a lot of their bags have a waterproof outer layer that means they are wipe clean and rainproof. This will not keep your books and shopping dry and I have been caught in a rain shower before which is a bit of a shame. The cotton also gets a bit tainted/stained with use, but with mine being a blue colour this is not too much of an issue.
            The bags are machine washable which makes life easier.

            Overall I really like this bag and use it on a daily basis for taking my lunch and books to work. It is very strong and looks great and so overall will give this 4 stars. At full price these book bags cost £16, which is quite expensive for what is basically a piece of stitched cotton, but a lot of the styles are currently half price which makes them much better value. Available in Cath Kidston stores, John Lewis store and online.

            Wash instructions : Use a 40 degree wash, wash separately, do not tumble dry, iron on reverse, re-shape whilst damp

            Thanks for reading :)

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              07.12.2012 09:39
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              Five out of five stars

              Cath Kidston Book Bag - Spot berry


              When I went back to university last year I soon learnt that trying to over commute quite a distance and take with me all the library books, notebooks and general handbag items was a bit of a nightmare. I wanted a substantial bag to carry my books about, but I didn't want to resort to a back pack and I wanted something more stylish and something that I could easily carry around with another handbag, while being large enough to hold everything I needed. I first started looking at cloth bags but I soon went off the idea because I live in Scotland and you never know when it is going to rain, it can be sunny one moment and then torrential downpours the next, which all lead me to the Cath Kidston book bag. The oilcloth material that the bag is made from is great for just wiping clean, which means that even if I pop my bag on the not so clean ground for a moment a quick wipe later with a damp cloth and it's back to looking like new.


              The bag I own looks different to the one above, as I own the berry spot design. It is a lovely dark red colour with beige spots. The Cath Kidston book bag does come in a range of different patterns, which is nice if like me you want something a little more modern looking but still with a classic design.


              The bag has one internal pocket then the rest is just an open compartment. The openness of the bag can itself be a small annoyance in more torrential downpours of rain, but I have always managed to keep more or less everything inside from becoming sodden even in the worst of the weather. It also works well when you are juggling lots of other things because you can just drop and pick up items in and out of the bag without any real thought. Also the one internal pocket (although rather small) does have enough room to hold your keys and mobile phone etc, so that you do not need to be digging around searching for some of your smaller items that may just become lost at the bottom of a full bag.


              If you are not lucky enough to live by a Cath Kidston store (which is great if you get the chance to browse) you can still pick up this bag from many other outlets, such as John Lewis. I paid £18 for mine, which although is expensive for a book bag you are paying for something that will last and last and I have put mine through it's paces over the last year and it still looks nice and smart.


              So do you even need to ask if I would recommend the Cath Kidston oilcloth book bag?


              Yes I absolutely would. It's a great bag and in my opinion it's not nearly as hard deciding on whether to invest in it as it is deciding which lovely pattern to choose. I have used and used mine and it still looks in not quite perfect condition but not far from it. I also think that the Cath Kidston bag would go down a treat as a Christmas present to someone who needs a functional bag or for someone who just loves the look of the Cath Kidston range because there are so many things you could use this bag for and not necessarily for carrying books.


              To sum, I love my Cath Kidston bag and even with the expensive price tag I still believe that on the whole the bag fully deserves five out of five stars. And just in case any of my friends stumble across this review and are ever short on ideas of what to buy me for Christmas or Birthdays I would love another one of these bags just in a different pattern!

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                30.11.2012 16:17
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                A lovely design!

                I've had my Kath kidston "book bag" although I use it for shopping and taking my lunch to work for about 18 months now. I love this bag, it is stylish and quite funky - mine is the red one with cream spots on it. I bought this bag one day when I was in Marylebone High Street, there is a Kath Kidston shop there and I think it was £18.

                I guess £18 for a shopper kind of bag is a little on the expensive side, however it is oilcloth so waterproof. Before getting this shopper bag I had a cheap cotton one and a couple of times it got soaked in the rain, so I think it was worth the extra for an oilcloth version. Also this bag is very tough and the material is wipe clean, whereas my old cotton one was forever going through the wash and needed to ironed afterwards.

                The bag is nicely made with a Kath Kidston tag sewn onto the front of the bag and a small pocket on the inside for bits and bobs. The bag is 33 x 38 cm, so big enough for me to also take A4 documents I am reading to and from work. The handles are a good length for carrying "briefcase" style, although sometimes it would be nice if they would be long enough to go over my shoulder too, but then I guess they would be too long to carry in my hands.

                The picture above shows the old style of Kath Kidston shopper bags, which were panelled at the sides. The newer ones aren't panelled so fit less in, they are a flat design. However for what I need it for on a day to day basis is size is fine.

                As yet my bag shows no sign of wear and tear. I am wuite careful with my things and I don't but it on the floor when I am on the bus or train etc. so the bottom corners haven't worn at all. I have had to wipe it clean every few times, although I do find I end up with crumbs inside which I vacuum out!

                All in all a nice bag which just looks that little bit more smart for work than an ordinary cotton shopper.

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                25.11.2012 10:41
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                5 stars

                My mum is so cute and always buys me little gifts and presents. Last year when we went Christmas shopping to York with her work, we travelled by coach (even though we only live about 40 minutes away!) and on the way she gave me a beautifully wrapped gift. When I opened it she had bought me a Cath Kidston book bag (just because apparently!), which she figured would be ideal for our shopping day. As you can imagine, I was delighted!

                The book bag by Cath Kidston is super stylish and super practical at the same time. It can be used for anything, not just books, and I use it nearly every day, as I almost always have something else I need to carry with me that won't fit in my handbag.

                The wipe clean oilcloth material is tough and durable. It makes the bag sturdy and easily wipes clean should it get spills or mucky marks on it. I often take my lunch to work in it, and one day a tub of mixed berries had turned upside down inside and by the time I got to work had leaked strawberry juice all over the bag. I was devastated as it seemed to have stained the bag, and in a last effort to save it, I chucked it in the washing machine when I got home. I half expected it to melt given the material it was made from, but it was ruined anyway so I had nothing to lose. I couldn't believe it when I pulled it out and the stains had all come out and it wasn't ruined either! I would only recommend doing this if the staining is bad as obviously you risk completely ruining the bag, but for me it worked. It was slightly misshapen, but after a few uses it was soon back to normal.

                It has a pocket inside just near the top of the bag, but I don't really use this to be honest. It doesn't have a zip so anything you do put in is more likely to be lost given that it is near the top of the bag, than it would if the item such as keys/ change was placed inside the main part of the bag. As this bag is only used as a shopper, any valuable or little items are stored in my main handbag anyway.

                There are several designs that can be bought in the book bag. I have a blue spotty design, but there are different colours available in the spot (red and green), a rose striped one available in different shades, a riding one, floral one and two unusual London scene ones, one with guards and one with Big Ben and buses on. Each bag also has a Cath Kidston label on the top near the handles, which I always make sure is facing outwards whenever I carry it (I'm such a snob!). The bag can be carried on the shoulder or as a shopping bag. I carry mine in my hand as I am fairly tall so it doesn't drag but it would drag on the floor if you were smaller.

                At £18, you could say they are an expensive outlay for a shopper, however they are so durable they will far outlast any cotton shoppers. I have one from River Island which only cost me £1 but that has started to look tatty and frayed already so this is definitely a worthwhile investment. Thanks Mum!

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                  17.08.2012 15:03
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                  A lovely book/shopping bag

                  I've had my Cath Kidston book bag for a couple of years now and although I have never used it for carrying book I do find that it is a really practical bag.
                  The bag is made from a pvc coated cotton so it is wipe clean and the coating helps to keep it looking clean and not to get wet and grubby.

                  It has shoulder straps which fit round my shoulder nicely without always feeling like they are going to slip off and the bag can fit loads of stuff in it. I find myself using it when I am wearing a summer dress because the pattern is so summery and feminine. I can fit my purse, phone, make-up and all my other junk in the bag with no problems whatsoever. The only problem that I have with it is that inside there are no compartments so everything just ends up getting tangled with each other and it can be difficult to find what I'm looking for in the mess.

                  I also tend to use it for shopping as the handles are extremely strong and really well sewn together and I never feel like it is going to snap no matter how heavy it is with all the stuff I put in it.
                  You can tell as soon as you look at the bag just what good quality it is and it doesn't look the slightest bit cheap even though it is relatively inexpensive for a Cath Kidston bag and I have ones that cost much more by her.

                  One of the reasons why you can tell it isn't a cheap bag is because of the pattern. Again my bag is different from the one on dooyoo as mine is bright red with pink flowers all over it and is much nicer than the one shown at the top of the page. The colours are so vibrant and they haven't faded in the time that I have had it.

                  The pattern is gorgeous and really makes the bag stand out against all the other types of these shopping/book bags.
                  Cath Kidston book bags retail for £18 which is well worth the money considering how much space you are getting inside the bag and for just how well it is made and how pretty the pattern is. If you are looking for a bag that you can use to carry loads of stuff in then I can highly recommend this one.

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                    12.07.2012 18:30
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                    A bag which I don't love as much as I used to

                    I used to LOVE the Cath Kidston products and had quite a large collection! I think they have become far more popular in the last couple of years and since Primark and other places have produced cheap copies of the designs, I'm no longer such a fan.

                    --- The Bag itself ---

                    I have the navy blue star print bag. It is made from 100% PVC coated cotton, often referred to as 'oilcloth' . It has long handles on with an inner pocket. Measurements approx 33cm x 38cm x 8cm. It was a valentines present that I chose myself from my husband! Poor man, after a few years he now lets me choose my own OR write a list. I'm not very keen on romantic suprise gifts!

                    --- What I use it for ---

                    The bag is a versatile bag and I have used it a great deal. I used to use it mostly as a changing bag when my daughter was around 2 years old, with a set of spare clothes, a drink and my wallet and phone. I find if I put many more things in there, I end up scrabbling around in there for my keys etc and have been left emptying my bag of all the contents on more than one occasion! It is still in quite good condition as it is wipe clean.

                    --- Price and Availability ---

                    I bought mine a couple of years ago from an independent gift/homeware shop in the town I live and it cost £18. I don't think this is available on the Cath Kidston website any more as they update their prints and patterns every season. You may be able to find this star print design on eBay or choose an alternative design. There is a lovely bird design on the website at the moment.

                    --- Overall Summary ---

                    I don't love this bag as much as I used to and haven't used it for a while now. However it is practical as it can hang on the pushchair handles or hang off my shoulder BUT I don't like the fact it doesn't have any compartments on the inside. A popper on the inside would be handy too. Saying that maybe I should just buy a different style of bag!

                    Thanks for reading

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                    29.06.2012 20:46
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                    An absolutely beautiful book bag

                    I am an absolute fan of most of the Cath Kidston range, and this bag is no exception, I have it in three different designs, 'Spot', 'Bleached Flowers', and another floral print covered in pink dog roses. The bag is a wonderful size to take to university which was my primary purpose for purchasing it, and it measures 33 cm (wide) 38 cm high, and 8 cm deep. This makes it the perfect size for a large lever arch file, or books from the library (plus those all important 'bits' such as pen and bottle of water).

                    The bag has a long ish strap that means it sits comfortably under my arm, and rests against my hip. I find this useful so I can still have my hands free, while out and about and as such I find it a very useful bag to take to town with me, as I can easily throw any small purchases into it. I find it's great as the straps do not 'slip' down your arm while you are doing thing.

                    The bags that I have are all 100% PVC covered and can be wiped clean - I have never noticed them marking noticeably and two of the bags that I have are predominately pale in colour. Cath Kidston's range has so many beautiful floral, and kitsch style prints in it there really is a design to suit almost everyone. At the time of writing they are available on line for £18, which is very reasonable considering how hard wearing they are.

                    They are really supposed to be 'shoppers' I suppose but I have to admit they are lovely to use in the summer - when you may want to cart around a bit more in the way of junk (I mean essentials - such as sunscreen or cold drinks)...

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                      Reasonable price for Cath Kidston, very versatile bag

                      I received a Cath Kidston book bag as a Christmas gift last year - so Christmas 2010. My book bag is the spot oilcloth book bag, they retail now for £18.00, I think that it was probably roughly the same price a year or so ago as well. The book bag somes in a number of different design fabrics, and it is available in the oilcloth fabric or cotton - the cotton book bags retail for £16.00 whereas the oilcloth book bags retail for £18.00.

                      This stylish and practical book bag is a perfect size to use everyday. I use mine typically with my laptop in (inside a laptop sleeve though obviously), folders for work, magazines, books or my kindle etc. It actually does hold an awfull lot of stuff. I would say that this is a shoulder bag only, as it just seems to drag on the floor when I carry it by hand, maybe this is because I'm short though! It has a pocket on the inside which is handy for any little bits and bobs, to stop them from getting lost at the bottom of your bag, or maybe for your purse or your mobile phone or your keys.

                      My book bag is made of a tough, wipe clean oilcloth fabric, 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 damp cloth. The two long shoulder handles are also made of the same wipe clean oilcloth fabric. There is no zip or clasp closure at all, it is just a slip in open design, so beware of this for security and theft. I've had this for over a year now and I've used it most days, and it still looks as good as new. It is really tough and sturdy and hard wearing, and seems like it will last for years.

                      I would definately reccomend the Cath Kidston book bag to anyone, it is very good quality as are all Cath Kidston products, and it will last you for years and years.

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                      12.01.2012 14:03
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                      A gorgeous bag

                      Me and my lovely boyfriend have only been together for just under three weeks and so when he brought me a bag full of presents round over Christmas, I assumed a majority would be chocolate, teddies and all the other stuff that guys stereotypically buy their new girlfriends at Christmas. I'm not the easiest person to buy for so most people buy me simple stuff - not many people dare buy me clothes, bags or stuff like that!

                      After opening most of the presents, I came across a medium sized square present which I expected to be either a chocolate orange or one of those tacky mugs with a personalised message. How wrong was I! He'd discuised the bag well by having it wrapped up in a gorgeous floral box, and the bag is lovely - I knew instantly that it was a Cath Kidston bag by the floral design and I was over the moon. He admitted my mum had shown him a picture of the one I was after (this bag was on my Christmas list), and he said as soon as he saw it in the shop he literally grabbed it as fast as he could as they were selling out so fast!

                      These book bags vary from £16 to £18 each. This is slightly expensive for a book bag, but well worth it - the quality is brilliant and you can tell how well made my bag is just by looking at it. My boyfriend bought my particular bag from John Lewis, but they can be bought from a variety of shops such as ASOS, Cath Kidston, Debenhams etc.There are a variety of patterns available. There are all sorts of colours and designs including shooting stars, chelsea rose, field flowers, retro flowers, birds, lace stripe and lots more. I have this book bag in country rose. It is gorgeous! It's an off-white colour - almost beige with a tone of light khaki. It has gorgeous roses all over it which vary in colour - there's shades of pink, red, pale pink and white. The design is lovely and really eye catching - it's a tell tale Cath Kidston print meaning that no one will look at it and think "tacky!" or "cheap!".

                      This is a shoulder bag and it has two handles which are big enough to be put over my shoulder without hanging too low - does that make sense? Sometimes shoulder bags can be a bit too long and can bang against my hip or side when i'm walking but this doesn't. The handles can alternatively be held like you'd hold a shopping bag although the bag's a bit too long to hold it like this as it'd drag along the floor. Directly underneath where the handles are it has the Cath Kidston badge/logo sewn on, this simply reads "Original Cath Kidston Ltd London." I love this as it shows it is a real Cath Kidston bag and not a cheapo Primarni rip off!

                      The bag is made of thick cotton. The cotton's not soft, it has quite a tough, strong feel to it but it is smooth to the touch. I was worried it would get drenched when I go out and about in the rain and it'd get spoiled, however it doesn't absorb water at all and it was fine yesterday when I got home after walking from my boyfriend's house in the rain - it dried quickly. Despite it being thick and good quality it is still very lightweight when empty and when I put my phone, purse and other bits and bobs it doesn't weigh me down like some tote/book bags can do soon as you put something in it - the bag holds the weight well if that makes sense.

                      It also has an inside pocket, which is big enough for a small purse or phone. The book bag measures L38 x W33 x D8cm and I can fit loads of stuff in this bag - yesterday I took a few presents to my cousins house and used this bag to carry them, it fitted two large books in it fine and also a variety of smaller items such as dvd's, my camera/camera case, etc. Overall this is a lovely bag, it looks great and is very strong and spacious, it is quite expensive for a book bag but it's good quality, so I would highly reccomend it.

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