I was recently introduced to Dagne Dover (thanks, BAC!) and instantly fell in love with their bags. I love a simple, structured bag that can work from day to night. I took both of them to Charleston with me at the beginning of August to take them for an initial spin. I had a couple of y'all send me chats and emails asking me to review them - as promised, I am, but I wanted to make sure I gave them some loving first!
As you can tell by the photos they're still in pristine condition. I've carried the large bag to work every single day since receiving it and the tiny one has come out with me on the weekend a couple of times (I keep it in the duster bag when I'm not carrying it). The coated canvas has held up wonderfully and I love all of the pockets inside.
I'm big on everything having a place otherwise my bag gets dirty (and full and heavy) so the organization in this purse is a life saver. It has a padded pocket for your iPad and pockets for your phone, wallet, credit cards, and even a drink koozie! One of my favorite features is the "key chain" - with such a big bag it can be easy to lose your keys and spend time digging around to find them. When I lock up my apartment every day I clip them onto the key chain so that I can easily fish them out at the end of the day. It's the little things, right?
The bag fits comfortably over my shoulder and I love how it stays structured after a lot of use! It also has little metal feet on the bottom to protect the canvas if you ever set it on the ground. Since I take public transportation to and from work I like to have my bag zipped across the top. Having the front zipper for my phone gives me easy access to it if I need to check an email or change the song I'm listening to. Such a cool, hidden feature.
The Tiny Tote is perfect for a night out - throw it over your shoulder, across your body, or in the nook of your arm. It has the same cute key chain feature but with a matching card holder! So if your wallet is too big to fit in this nugget you can switch everything to the card holder. It also zips across the top which is so rare to find for a small purse! Even though I got this color in the summer I knew I had to get it in Oxblood so I could carry it through the rest of the year. It's such a gorgeous, rich hue!
If you're looking for a good work purse (I get asked about them all the time) I can't recommend the 13" tote enough - BUT if you carry a laptop around a lot definitely consider the 15". It fits a laptop!