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Off-White camera bag review

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pictured: Off-White camera bag converts from cross body bag to belt bag / full outfit post here /

As much as I love fun and trendy handbags, I tend to stick with conventional colors and designs. Not this season! I looked at my current handbag rotation for spring, and decided I needed something a little bit different, and fun, for the upcoming warm weather season. Bring in the convertible camera bag by Off-White!

Off-White is an edgy, mens’ and women’s brand which is new on the fashion map. They have an urban vibe, which is part luxury, part street style. If you like urban street style with a dose of luxury, Off-White will be your new go-to brand! The company offers a range of handbag styles which are functional yet fashion-forward. I love how the brand pushes the envelope. So, when I see something I like, I want a little piece of it.

As we move into spring, and eventually summer, I start to think about my warm weather lifestyle. During the warmer months, we take more vacations, and do more family activities which require un-fussy accessories. A handbag which offers a hands-free option, is the perfect way for me to enjoy vacations, sight-seeing, and family activities. When I noticed Off-White had this convertible camera bag for the spring season, I decided it was my way of enjoying the Off-White brand, and getting something fun yet practical at the same time. This was a good purchase!

My Off-White camera bag has turned into my go-to bag. I find myself wearing it roughly five days per week. I love the comfortable, seat-belt material cross body strap. This Off-White camera bag also features a second leather strap, which easily attaches to the back of the bag to turn it into a belt bag. While I am anti-belt bag, I have to admit this is a nice feature to have; just in case I need to wear the bag that way!

The camera bag by Off-White features two interior slit pockets, a secure zipper closure, an outside pocket which is nice for tickets and papers, and two detachable straps; one cross body strap, and one belt bag strap. The handbag is small, yet fits everything I need on a daily basis such as a wallet, lipstick, keys, sunglasses, iPhone, and a small point-and-shoot camera.

Off-White Camera Bag interior

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pictured: Off-White camera bag with black/white diagonal lines / lipstick / lip balm / sunglasses / iPhone case / wallet /

The exterior of the bag features a detachable paper clip, which if removed, gives the bag a more formal look. You can really make this bag your own by moving or removing the paper clip, and wearing the strap of your choice. I love all of the options this bag features!

Another thing I love about my Off-White camera bag is the quality. This bag is made with sturdy materials, and the stitching is top notch. This is definitely a hearty bag that can be used for travel and everyday wear. I’m starting to think I need to pick up a couple more in additional colors! I chose the black/white stripe version, but it does come in seasonal colors too. Love!

This is a fabulous bag to add to your collection. It’s priced just under $1000, and offers what we all need in an everyday, small bag. Since it is a convertible bag, it’s like two bags in one! So, if you were thinking of buying a belt bag, and a cross body bag, you can save some money and look at this convertible, two bags in one option! Love it!

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XOXO
Cathy

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Mansur Gavriel Train Case cross body handbag review

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pictured: Mansur Gavriel Train Case in saddle  /

One of the most popular handbag styles right now is the train case. We are seeing designers create round, oval, square, and rectangular versions of the classic train case in 2019. While designers are loving the train case handbag style, consumers are gravitating towards it more and more every season. Remember when circle bags emerged as an IT handbag style back in 2016? Well, the train case takes the travel bag concept a step further with variations in design and size.

Mansur Gavriel has been one of my favorite handbag designers for several years. They make their handbags in Italy by skilled artisans who have been crafting leather goods for generations. While their bags are top quality, their prices are remarkably affordable considering the excellent quality with which they are made. The Mansur Gavriel Train Case is no exception. This is a sturdy, well-made bag which can easily be a work-horse; without looking like one! Love that!

I purchased my Mansur Gavriel Train Case earlier this year, and brought it to fashion week to wear for the first time. I loved being able to carry it like a traditional train case, by the handle, while also having the option of using the shoulder strap when I needed to be hands free. The shoulder strap is detachable, and can easily be coiled and stored inside the handbag. The top handle, is equally practical. It can flatten, which helps it pack easily inside of a suitcase without wasting space. It was really easy to travel with!

Mansur Gavriel Train Care interior capacity

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When I was at fashion week, I carried around my wallet, lipstick, point-and-shoot camera, iPhone, and sunglasses. At home, I carry around those items too, as well as a set of keys. Everything fits nicely inside the bag, with plenty of room to spare. There are also five, slim pockets inside of the Mansur Gavriel Train Case. These pockets are helpful for organizing small items, but will not fit a phone. They are also too wide to be used for cash or credit cards. The pockets are great for stuffing items such as extra Kleenex, securing lipstick, and keeping small objects such as coins from slipping around inside the bag. Large items will all need to go into the middle of the bag. Since the train case is wide and not too tall, nothing can get lost inside; it is easy to see what you have inside the bag and grab it without making a big production.

Mansur Gavriel always uses soft leather. For the train case, Mansur Gavriel uses soft calf skin which is treated to be a stiff and structured silhouette. While the train case appears stiff, the leather is still soft, and can scratch easily. You can see the indentations inside my bag from repeated use. The dents are inside the bag and do not show on the outside, but they are reminder that this isn’t the bag you take to your daughter’s soccer game and throw on the grass. This is a bag you keep care of.

All in all, the Mansur Gavriel Train Case is a fun handbag to add to one’s handbag collection. While the train case silhouette is a hot trend in handbags right now, the style is inherently classic. This makes the train case by Mansur Gavriel a beautiful investment bag to be kept and enjoyed for many years to come. It will always have a vintage appeal, as well as an understated look.

This bag can be carried for casual occasions, as well as dressed up and worn to a tea, shower, or ladies lunch. It is very versatile, and packs easily in a suitcase! Love!

The Mansur Gavriel Train Case is selling out quickly for the spring season, if you love it, snap one up now! You can find it in stock online here.

Which color is your favorite?

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Cathy

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Mansur Gavriel Protea bag review

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pictured: Mansur Gavriel Protea bag in blue with navy interior / nail polish / grey faux fur coat / purple scarf /

If you have been here awhile, you know I am a HUGE Mansur Gavriel fan. I have been collecting their handbags steadily over the past several years, so it comes as no surprise that I have found another style to acquire; the new Mansur Gavriel Protea bag in blue with navy interior. I am in love!

The Mansur Gavriel Protea Bag is a bit different than other handbags we have grown to love from the New York brand. This bag is soft, lush, and relaxed; the yin to the traditional bucket bag’s yang. It is a must-have for any Mansur Gavriel fan; or handbag fan for that matter!

The Protea bag by Mansur Gavriel offers the same dual coloring that put MG on the map five years ago. With the contrasting interior color, the bag is instantly elevated from a regular, slouchy drawstring bag, to a must-have basic which is anything but basic. It is currently available in black with flamma interior, blue with navy interior (the one that caught my eye), yellow with blush interior (almost went with this one), red with yellow interior (this one is on fire!), and blush with medium pink interior. Like the bucket bag, the black with red interior sold out quickly and is currently wait list only. You can get yourself on the list online here.

There are two sizes of the Mansur Gavriel Protea handbag currently available. You can find the regular size, which is the one I purchased and am featuring in this post, or you can find a mini size which is great for everyday too. I went with the bigger size because with my kids, I never know how many things I might need to carry with me. That being said, I think I could have survived with the smaller size too; I just wanted to be safe.

What fits inside the Mansur Gavriel Protea bag

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Inside my Protea bag: lip balm / lipstick / phone case / sunglasses / wallet /

The interior of the Protea bag by Mansur Gavriel is quite roomy. I normally carry my wallet, sunglasses, lipstick, lip balm, and phone with me. With these essential items, there is still plenty of room to add items my kids no longer want to carry; or we acquire throughout the day. You would be surprised how many cookies and phones end up in my bag when I am out with my family! haha

In addition to being practical, and beautiful, the new Mansur Gavriel Protea bag is lightweight. I can pile a lot of items inside the bag and it is very lightweight; much more so than the bucket bag; which was the previous IT bag by MG.

There are drawstrings on the sides of the bag which can be individually adjusted to cinch the bag more or less; depending upon your mood. The sides of the bag also have hidden magnets which can help give the bag the illusion of being slimmer than it is.

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These magnets can be worn open, which is how I leave them, or cinched together to close up the bag a bit. This is very soft and luxurious to the touch, love it!

I love the slouchy silhouette of this bag, and how it gives off a relaxed vibe. The open top makes it easy to get in and out of, while the magnets and drawstring help you close up the bag to make it more secure. This is definitely going to be my go-to bag this spring season. I am starting to think I might need to purchase the black with red interior too! It is such an easy to use bag, and I love how it looks; why not own more than one!

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What do you think of the new Protea bag by Mansur Gavriel?

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Cathy