Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Mama's Got a Brand New (Almost) Bag: Modalu Pippa Grab
Whee! Last Thursday I purchased a Modalu Pippa Medium Grab Handbag in Chili red off of eBay, and it arrived this afternoon! I LUUURRRRVVVEE IT. It's only been used a few times by the previous owner and is in practically perfect condition - just a scratch or two on the name plate and a small scuff on the leather in front. I got a great deal on the bag, much less than if I had purchased it online from the UK with the exchange rate, shipping, etc. The lady I bought it from also re-packaged it super carefully and included all of the original tags, dust bag, etc. Truly great purchasing experience.
Soft, supple leather...it smells so great!
I don't own a lot of handbags. I have a black Coach tote, a Louis Vuitton monogram tote, an olive green J.Crew quilted satchel, and a brown leather and canvas Men's J.Crew cross-body messenger bag that doubles as a laptop case. I also have a black evening clutch, a gold metallic evening clutch, and a small raffia handbag for summer events. This is normal for me with a lot of things - I buy one item of the best quality that I can afford and use it until it falls apart - and I'm VERY picky about the bags that I carry. Size, shape, hardware, etc.
Front zip pockets, great for keys and i.d. or transit cards.
I first read about the Pippa bag (yes, named for a certain princess's pretty sister after she was seen carrying it post-Royal Wedding) in a review on Capitol Hill Style. Belle raved about it's quality and utility, as did all of the commenters, so I have had Modalu's website bookmarked for months while I thought about what color I might want to buy. I knew I would want either gray or a great color since I have my other handbag basics covered.
Three zipped compartments, two large on the outside and a smaller one in the middle.
I liked the Shark and the Oyster colors (which sold out super quickly), and also the Sunrise Orange...but I'm always drawn to red in the end. Imagine how excited I was to see the Pippa bag in Chili on eBay, lightly used and up for bid. I'm an eBay newbie, so the BF helped me with the bidding basics and...I won!
Little gold feet on the bottom. This bag should wear really well.
It's been reviewed a bunch online (here and by Gigi here), so I won't go into a ton of detail other than to say that the bag is well-made, well-designed, and the perfect size for me. I usually don't buy a handbag unless it can fit a magazine or manilla folder so that I can use it for business trips and appointments.
Little seashells on the zipper pulls! I prefer gold or brass hardware since I mostly wear gold jewelry.
I cannot wait to find a home for all of my daily essentials in this gorgeous bag, and I know I'll love it for years to come!
What's your most favorite handbag? Do you like/own the Pippa bag?