Mansur Gavriel Large Tote in Black/Flamma Calfskin Leather
Anyone interested in fashion these days can attest to the highly sought after Mansur Gavriel handbags as the newest brand achieving cult status. The name comes from two very talented female designers who got together in 2012 to conceive the brand. Since then, the waitlist for their famous bucket and tote bags has been endlessly long. So what is so special about their bags?
1. Minimalistic design: Great for those who want a sophisticated bag without the logos. All the bags have only a small print in the front in gold lettering.
2. Vegetable tanned leather: Meaning quality leather that’s dyed without all the carcinogenic chemicals and is biodegradable. The natural tan colour, Cammello, is obviously the most personable as it is nearly a “naked” leather that will patina over time with your daily imprints.
3. Affordable price: $500 – 1000 for a contemporary brand made at a single factory in Italy!
After contemplating for quite some time between the small and large totes, I finally decided on getting the large one. I knew I wanted black and I love anything with a splash of red! So it was easy for me to decide on the Flamma interior colour. I had a chance to purchase this bag last year, but missed out on the SA’s phone call and then the bag got sold to the next person on the waitlist. However, it was really per chance that day when I was roaming around Holt Renfrew and purchasing some other items, that I randomly asked about the Mansur Gavriel tote since I knew it was soon to be restocked soon. They checked their online system’s availability, and then the bag became mine!
I plan to use the bag for work as it’s polished and discrete looking. One of my other tote bags for work is my sturdy Louis Vuitton Damier Hampstead MM which I’ve used for many years now. In comparison, the LV bag has a shorter height by 3-4 cm, but the base is wider by 1 cm. I’m used to having the 2 patch-pockets and a bigger zippered pocket inside my LV, whereas the Mansur Gavriel tote has no pockets at all. The pouch that comes with it is supposed to carry your small belongings, but I find it extremely flat and unable to put much inside… I really do like how lightweight the bag is compared to my LV which is quite heavy with the alcantara lining and hardware.
Helmut Lang coat
Mexx blazer jacket
J Crew trousers
Manolo Blahnik heels
Vince cotton sweater
H&M shirt blouse
Michael Kors boots
Lastly a pic to show how much the bag can hold – a gigantic binder and more that’s for sure!!! Wearing an oldie but goodie here in Christian Louboutin Orniron booties 🙂