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The Bag Dilemma

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ToastedTeacakes Mon 06-May-13 19:38:04

After recent issue with a leather saddle bag from Massimo Dutti, I'm kind of not sure what to do.

So I bought this lovely leather saddle bag, cost near £80 or thereabouts, and within a week it had basically collapsed into itself, forming a hideous slumpy shape, a bit like origami. Surely saddle bags are supposed to be a bit sturdier, or at least keep to some sort of basic shape....but never mind, the leather also has a crappy sheen, so you can see why I've decided to shove it into a corner and forget it ever happened.

Now I want to replace it. Ideally I'd like a tan/brown every day bag, preferably small, like a saddle or little duffle bag, or around the size of a Mulberry Lily.

I already have 2 bags - One lovely burgundy Jaeger tote, which is great for when I need to carry stuff, and one black Mulberry Lily, which I like to use for special occasions.

So my eye caught these two: and one of them is stupidly expensive, so I am caught in a bind.

Would also love a Mulberry Lily in Oak, but that would probably be a bit too much......aaargh, and thoughts? Basically, I am wary now of all damn bags and their supposed quality after the Massimo Dutti affair. I am willing to spend, but not sure how much..

EarlyInTheMorning Tue 07-May-13 09:24:23

I love the scaramanga one
Fossil has lots of options such as this one:

ToastedTeacakes Tue 07-May-13 08:35:18

Yes, Olivia, this is me, too!

ToastedTeacakes Tue 07-May-13 08:34:34

Also, I would have to call Massimo Dutti as I don't know of any stores (I am up north!). They certainly ought to know about this.

Not only that, but a cardigan I purchased with the bag came unravelled within 5 days too. I think I need a word with them! Not sure I will be shopping there again.

And thanks Rosina, they are quite special - love the monogrammed ones....still kind of distracted by Chloe though!

oliviafrombolivia Tue 07-May-13 08:34:07

Get the Chloe bag, this is my pattern: I buy 2 or 3 versions of the one I really want that aren't that expensive, none are quite right and break/wear out quickly, I might have just bought the thing I really wanted from the beginning.

RosinaCopper Tue 07-May-13 08:18:26

Have you considered Lancel? this is a bit like the Hobbs bag, but I've no idea how much! It comes in lots of different colours.

I bought a lovely Lancel bag from Paris years back and I remember it being expensive at the time, but not eye-wateringly so. They are lovely, lovely bags.

ToastedTeacakes Tue 07-May-13 08:06:22


I know, the Chloe is beautiful, and most definitely overpriced. It kind of irks me that I always naturally gravitate towards the expensive version of things, even before I know the brand/price. I first noticed it months ago and haven't been able to cast it out of my mind entirely since, even though I partially recoil at designer prices. I always search for a cheaper version - like I did with my Mulberry - for over 12 months before giving in and just buying the damn thing!

I'm not particularly obsessed with bags either, so this tendency annoys me a bit grin, but def sick of purchasing inferior quality crap. I know there's a perfect, affordable bag out there, I just can't find it!

QueenCadbury Tue 07-May-13 07:58:38

Definately return the massimo even if you don't have the receipt.

I don't personally like the hobbs bag as I think it looks a bit cheap. So definately the Chloe...

Snowcatliveshere Tue 07-May-13 07:41:02

Wish I hadn't looked at this thread now - I really want the Chloe bag it's perfect! Off to get dressed - day is suddenly looking better with thoughts of bag browsing at lunchtime.

rubylovescheese Tue 07-May-13 06:27:53

nothing to add it's all been said already: return the bag to MD you don't need a receipt if faulty. buy the marcie.

ItsYonliMe Tue 07-May-13 02:01:07

Toasted - it's not that Scaramanga bags are cheap - it's that the other bags are stupidly expensive.

ToastedTeacakes Mon 06-May-13 23:10:25

The scaramanga bags are really lovely! The one you linked to is a bit big for me but i located the mini version, and I love the visible stitching and front pocket. Only issue is the buckle fastening - i am idle and want quicker access!
Why are these so cheap!!??

ameliameerkat Mon 06-May-13 22:08:18

I've been looking at that bag for ages, and by posting it tonight I've talked myself into buying it!! grin

ameliameerkat Mon 06-May-13 22:03:05

Less money, still nice? Scaramanga saddle bag:

ToastedTeacakes Mon 06-May-13 20:30:13

it's a cruel world.

tethersend Mon 06-May-13 20:27:50

Yeah, nothing really compares to the marcie, does it?

ToastedTeacakes Mon 06-May-13 20:21:21

true, i've rarely seen the black or tan bags in sales, similarly with Mulberry.

i'm tempted..

santamarianovella Mon 06-May-13 20:15:19

i love that bag*toasted*,its small but you can fit lots of things,i have not seen this color in the big sales(june &jan) its always the seasonal colors that go on sale.
matches send the preview emails a week before they start sales,so it helps if you are their customer,and NAP are at the end of june .

foxysocks Mon 06-May-13 20:09:07

oh I'm not sure teacakes. it's worth waiting to find out though, right? how gutted would you be if they did!

thanks MrsCB, that makes sense as I have a matches voucher which expires 31st May! makes me think sales will be first week in june.

cornypringle Mon 06-May-13 20:09:00

swoon at the chloe bag

MrsCampbellBlack Mon 06-May-13 20:06:35

Foxy - just checked and last year I got the preview email from Matches in the first week of June, they're normally before NAP.

Selfridges normally do previews too where a lot is 20% off.

ToastedTeacakes Mon 06-May-13 20:03:31

thanks tethers, not sure that one would be my thing.

foxy, do they really reduce this style? (marcie)

foxysocks Mon 06-May-13 19:59:41

OP - DEF take the MD bag back and ask for a refund, not fit for purpose.

i like the chloe but wait till the sales now!

foxysocks Mon 06-May-13 19:59:04

MrsCB do you know when the matches sale usually starts? will it be last week of may or not until june? you seem like a woman in the know smile thanks! flowers

tethersend Mon 06-May-13 19:46:35

Oh no, I think if anything the leather is too hard... This is nice by Nat et Nin.

ToastedTeacakes Mon 06-May-13 19:46:15

It seems i like my bags kind of structured, not keen on slouch.

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