It is a gorgeous bag. See how soft the leather is.
And the bows are so cute.
Here's a comparison of the Z Spoke with my MBMJ Little Ukita.
The bags are around the same size which is my handbag sweet spot.
I'm not used to a bag with multiple compartments. Since I spent so much time fishing for stuff from my bag it's a very good idea.
So far so good, right?
As you can tell by the subject of this post, there is a problem.
I was planning to use the bag on Monday morning so I transferred my wallet, phone etc into the bag on Sunday night. These are the usual items I put in my handbag.
Clockwise from top left: Coach medium skinny, Burberry pen, (ancient) Mimco small makeup bag (with mirror, lip balm and lip gloss), work security pass, iphone, Prada wallet, Burberry Blue Label key bag, and a packet of tissue.
They fit easily into the bag.
(As an aside, this is the true colour of the bag, the other photos make it look a bit dull.)
So what happened when I tried to use the bag?
Yes, the flap opened soon after I lifted the bag off the table. It happened every time. No matter if I rearrange the items in different ways. The clasp just wasn't strong enough to keep the bag closed.
My heart sank when I came to the realisation that I cannot use the bag.
I was hoping that it was a one-off, but the purple bag I bought for Miss Kitty-Cat has the same problem. So it is a design flaw.
I contacted The Outnet and they asked me to send the bags back. They'll send me a full refund and assess the bags. I may send them a link to this post so they can see the video. Fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly.
Oh well, that's the risk of online shopping I guess. Given we'll be in Hong Kong in a week's time*, I'll have plenty of opportunities to choose a nice bag IRL.
*Yes, another overseas trip. This one is not planned though - Mr Curious' brother is getting married over there in early March and we had little notice. We'll be over there for 10 days. Hopefully I'll have a chance to write a post or two when I'm over there.