Mr Curious received his bonus (not anything wow but nice nonetheless) and he offered to buy me a present. It didn't take long for me to think "handbag"! I didn't find anything with the right price/desirable ratio from the usual suspects (Shopbop, TheOutnet, NAP). A timely promotional e-mail* from Nordstrom about their sale piqued my interest. I don't usually look at Nordstrom because of their high international postage but their sales are pretty good.
(*Yes, those promo e-mails work!)
It didn't take long to find my bag of choice. The Kate Spade Fisher handheld satchel fits right into my attraction to structured bags. The last two bags I bought are bright-coloured so it's nice to go for a neutral tone. The discount (33%, to $US230) made the postage ($US44) easier to accept.
The bag took just over a week to arrive.
The shape and the size of the bag are perfect. I also like that it's lightweight.
The tan colour is lovely and the bright orange lining creates a nice contrast. By the way, the colour of the bag is the photo below is the closest to real life.
Because of the light colour and the fine leather, I am going to spray it with a stain protection spray before use.
The double compartment is a neat idea. I hate rummaging through the bag to find what I need, so it'll be good to separate things into 2 groups.
On the not-as-good side:
- The small spade logo at the top of the bag creates a fairly big dent in the leather (you can see it in the first 2 photos). I'm hoping usage will relax the leather a bit.
- I prefer zippers with 2 sliders so I don't need to pull the slider all the way to one end.
- Some of the leather looks a bit stressed already.
This worries me a bit; I don't want the bag to age prematurely! I'll have to see how it goes.
Those reservations aside, I'm very happy with the bag. Thank you Mr Curious! <3