when i have multiple events in a day, like going to work then going to a concert, i have to think extra hard about what to use. normally i would switch bags for the evening event, but with this challenge i wanted to see if, like previous days, i could make it work. well, it mostly did. it was perfect to see my daughter on stage at Music Hall for the May Festival opening concert. i had no idea how thrilling it would be to see her on that stage. i am so happy for her, and i’m also charged that it’s a memory we can share. i once sang on that stage too. hers is much much more cool. for work, i ended up using another bag to carry my water bottle and friends in to work. at night, though, i had 2 magazines and an umbrella in there after kicking my lipstick/emergency bag to the curb. whatever, it’s a small price to pay. this bag is so cool.
this Adrienne Vittadini was hanging on the back rack in st. vincent de paul near my house. i saw the leather and it looked, real, so i touched it and, being proven right, moved on to my other tests: look for unique features, or superior quality – both is best, which is the case with this bag. ok, so it’s black pebbled leather. but look at it: the buckle and zipper pull made of horn, a divided inside with a middle zipper pocket, and three more pockets & pouches. the whipstitching is beautiful, the sides and bottom are reinforced with extra leather so that it stands up with nothing in it. check out the strap detail – a very modern approach to what could have been boring – wide at the bottom but wrapped and stitched creating layers of pebbled leather comfort. taking note of these details, i then inspect for wear and function. will i be able to work this into my wardrobe? am i inspired by it? is it beautiful? does it serve me? at $4.99 the answer was E, all of the above.