Well folks, this is my first big purchase of a vegan bag. I’ve had bags that were vegan before. But my new Nella Bella bag was a big purchase for me because I finally got to replace my old leather Roots bag. Now before you get up in arms that I had a leather bag, let me tell you that I bought that bag way before I went green and cruelty free. That bag is now more than 10 years old. It cost me a lot of money, so when I went eco-friendly I decided I would only replace it when it got worn out. It lasted a lot longer than I expected! But I’m quite happy with my Nella Bella London (Nu Essex) bag. There are a few pros and cons with this bag. If you look at the picture above, it looks like the top part of the bag has a pouch. But it’s actually a separate mini bag that sits on top of the larger bag. The mini bag can be converted into a clutch or shoulder bag with the different straps. See pictures below.
Here’s the mini bag with different straps (cross body, short handle, chain).
I love that you basically get two bags for the price of one here. I tried using both layered on top of each other but found that I liked the simplicity of using just the large bag for everyday use. The mini bag will be useful for when I’m traveling and it’s even nice enough to use at fancy parties. On the back of the large bag you’ll see the logo embossed on the bottom. I actually flipped the bag around and use the backside as the front. Why? There is a zipper pocket there that makes it easy to stash my keys, transit pass and cell phone. Also, the front is the side that the straps latch onto. I found it inconvenient that the straps were in front of the zipper as they get in the way of zipping the bag open or closed easily. But that’s a small thing to complain about in my mind. So I just got used to using the backside of the bag as the front.
This is the front of the bag where the straps latch onto the metal rings in front of the zipper.
Another small thing I found inconvenient is the cross body strap that comes with the bag. It is super long! It’s adjustable thank goodness. But for a petite person like me, I had to adjust the strap to its smallest configuration. I kind of wish I could shorten the strap by cutting the extra length off, but it wouldn’t look good if I did that. The length of strap wouldn’t be a problem for a taller person though. As for the inside of the bag, my only complaint is that the interior zipper pocket should be larger. I can’t fit all of my cosmetics in there! I’m going to have to buy a cosmetic bag to keep it in one spot in my purse. If you don’t bring much cosmetics with you then you won’t have this problem. But I bring a small mirror, some blotting paper, lip liner, lipstick, lip balm, eye drops, a small tube of hand cream and some stomach medicine with me wherever I go. I don’t always use everything I bring with me but it’s always nice to have on hand in case I need it. Another small thing I didn’t like about the bag: the zipper isn’t finished at both ends. It gives the bag a somewhat unfinished look. I hope in the future they finish both ends. That would look so much better.
The little things that bug me: small interior zipper pocket and zipper isn’t finished on one end.
The large bag with all the different straps (cross body, chain, short handle). Keep in mind what I’m showing as the front of the bag is actually the back.
-light, streamlined look
-comes in a variety of colours: red, blue, beige, white
-two bags for the price of one
-different straps for different looks and uses
-large enough to fit a tablet or ereader
-inside zipper pocket too small
-cross body strap too long for petite people
-strap clips onto front of bag obscuring zipper
-zipper not finished at both ends
Despite the small design flaws, I think that overall this is a good bag and I’m happy with my purchase. I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of this bag. It’s much lighter than my old bag for one thing. It also cleans easier because of the material and there aren’t a lot of external pouches. It has a nice, streamlined look and is large enough to fit a tablet or ereader in the large bag. Even the clutch is a good size. I would definitely consider purchasing another Nella Bella product.
Do you have a vegan bag? Have you ever bought Nella Bella’s bags?