Wednesday, June 10, 2009

J. Crew Editor Satchel

We love the casual-chic look of this bag. The luxurious leather ages gracefully and will soften and fade gradually over time. Removable resin chain. Resin hardware. Top interior hidden magnetic closure. Interior front-wall split patch pocket, center zip divider pocket, back-wall shiny brass zip pocket. Cotton twill lining. Part of the J.Crew Collection. Import. Comes with dust bag. 36" resin chain. 7" handle drop. 11 1/2"H x 13 3/4"W x 5 1/4"D. was $350.00 select colors $199.99 item 13631 Colors: Weathered Stone, Fresh Melon, Sandalwood

Ahh... my first J.Crew handbag.

I have been lusting over this bag for at least 2 months... well, probably since receiving that little look-book thingy with my Spring Rewards card from J. Crew (see lust-list to the right!). Anyway, it was a definite no-go at it's original price, but once it was reduced a couple of times, I had to bite the bullet.

I'm justifying this purchase for said reason: for about 2 years, I have completely neglected the "handbag" aspect of my wardrobe because, let's face it, with an infant, having a diaper bag that's just not completely hideous is all I was concerned about. Now, I'm all about the big, fashionable handbags that can also double as a baby/diaper bag when we go out with Connor for a couple of hours. The only other handbag I have that fits this bill is my Michael Kors satchel in Vanilla (which I am OBSESSED with .... LOVE IT!!) but this bag also works for that purpose.

The packaging was less-than-impressive from J.Crew (just a plastic bag) and it didn't come with a dust bag (weird) ... but I never use the bust bags that my purses come with anyway because I don't have enough of them to transition them out of commission for very long, so that's really a non-issue.

I have to admit that I was hoping for a bit darker color. I thought the sandalwood would be more of a medium brown, but in reality, it's more of a dark nude color. That is really how it is represented online, but sometimes the colors look completely different online than in real life, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. The leather is obviously of excellent quality, although a bit stiff right out of the box. The description online says the leather will soften and age over time ... I trust this will happen since that has been my experience with nice handbags in the past.

The style is pretty cool and unique, and I like the different pockets and center divider. The removable resin shoulder strap is a great option, especially when I'm going to be toting Connor around and will need to be getting in and out of the bag often. I also appreciate the hidden magnetic closure at the top ... usually I prefer a zipper, but it's nice to change it up, plus this is easier to get in to. I considered the "tote" version of this bag, too, but I prefer a more shallow bag. The deeper the bag, the harder it is to sift around for stuff that falls to the bottom, so I'm glad I went with the satchel.

*Ended Up With: Editor Satchel in Sandalwood at current sale price

**Bottom Line: A BUY at the sale price. I wouldn't have paid FP for this bag, but at it's sale price, it's worth it if you need a big bag.


  1. I totally understand what you mean by neglecting your handbag selection because of the necessity of carrying around a diaper bag. I feel that now that my daugher is older (she just turned 2, as you might know from rread I can start to look at handbags again but I'm banishing the ones that don't have a shoulder strap.
    The only bag that I bought in the last two years is a messenger bag from Tod's in their technical tissue. Kind of expensive (in fact I think that it's the most expensive item that I ever bought) but totally worth it.
    I'm lucky because I don't like Jcrew bags in general. Only exception is the metallic Thompson tote that I bought this spring. OK, so that would make two bags I guess...

  2. Ema - I got the Metallic Thompson tote, as well, to use as a carry-on when my husband and I went on vaca sans baby! I really like it! I'm usually not a huge fan of JC bags either (esp not for the price) but I just couldn't get this bag out of my mind. I also like that it's not tumbled leather, but more of a shiney and stain repellant leather!


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