Product Type: Cath Kidston Travel Bag
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Worth all those pennies!
Cath Kidston British Birds Overnight Bag
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Cath Kidston British Birds Overnight Bag
Date: 23/07/12, updated on 23/07/12 (80 review reads)
Advantages: Extremely beautiful, robust, durable, easy to clean and very spacious
Disadvantages: Handles too short to carry over shoulder
I am a massive fan of Cath Kidston products (my kitchen looks like a Cath Kidston shop lol) and one of my most loved possessions is the Cath Kidston British Birds weekend or overnight bag, which I purchased for £68 some time last year. As I did not want to buy anymore handbags (I have far too many) but felt that I absolutely had to buy something in this particular design, I opted for the overnight bag. This is because I thought that it would not only come in handy for holidays or nights away, but I could also use it for uni, on those days when I have to take in a load of stuff, which would not otherwise fit in my ordinary carry-all bag.
This design is absolutely exquisite, I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it, as it is slightly different from the other typical floral or polka dot Cath Kidston designs. It features various types of birds perched on branches which are in full bloom (looks like it could be cherry blossom), all in different positions, which gives you the impression that they are all doing different things. Some of the birds look like they are singing as their heads are up and beaks slightly open and some of them look like they are just about to fly off as their wings are spread out. There are some which simply look like they are resting and others that seem to be looking around them, there is even one that looks a bit sad. The birds are very colourful, most of them in red, blue, white and brown, which makes them look quite tropical and exotic, so I don't really understand why Cath Kidston actually named this design "British Birds". The design looks almost vintage but at the same time young and fresh.
The bag itself is a dark navy colour, almost black, and is made out of the famous Cath Kidston oilcloth (100% PVC coated cotton), which is easy to wipe and durable. The inside of the bag is 100% cotton lined and there is a large zipped compartment (the zip features a leather pull tab with Cath Kidston embossed on it). There is also a care label inside the bag, advising to wipe clean with a damp cloth, made in China etc. The bag measures approximately 49 (length) by 32 (height) by 18 (depth) cm, making it quite spacious and, as advertised, ideal for weekends or nights away. The bag opens and closes via a zip (again with the same leather pull tab as the one inside) and the navy canvas handles have brown leather trims with contrast white stitching, this adding to the bag's good looks. Also, for the designer snobs, there is an "Original Cath Kidston Ltd London" logo stitched on the front of the bag, between the handle leather trims, highly visible as made of white material which stands out on the navy background. The bottom of the bag features four large gold metal studs placed in all four corners of the bag, which are designed to protect the bottom of the bag when placed on the floor.
Now, I shall give you my opinion of the bag. It is absolutely stunning and receives many compliments when carried around. In the one year that it has been used (probably once a week at least, but no more than twice a week), it has proved to be robust and durable, with no rips or holes in it and stitching still intact. The zips still work smoothly. Truly, there are no signs of wear, apart from a very few minor scratches on the bottom, hardly noticeable. The bag itself is more than fit for purpose, very spacious and you can easily fit in enough clothes for a weekend away plus a couple of pairs of shoes! The outside of the bag is also easy to clean with a slightly damp cloth, but the inside, being a light grey colour tends to mark easily. My only gripe with this bag is that the handles are quite short, making it almost impossible to carry it over your shoulders when full, however I really cannot take away a star just for that, so I have awarded the lovely British Birds Overnight Bag a full 5 out of 5 stars!
Summary: A truly gorgoeus bag, well worth all those pennies!