Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3
Rated 4 out of 5 by dilitant Beautiful!
The Marion Satchel is gorgeous! Tory got the size just right - it is roomy, yet not oversized (I don't like bags that look like carry-on luggage). This bag has plenty of space for wallet, phone, brush, keys, and umbrella. It is not quite as lightweight as my Marion Quilted Saddlebag, but still pretty light for it's size. The stitching is lovely, and the bag is very soft. I also appreciate the feet on the bottom of the bag that prevent it from getting scratched when set down. There are 2 things that prevent me from giving it 5 stars:
1) The color. While I like the Douglas Fir color, it is not particularly flattering with my very pale skin and light blonde hair. I am sadly forcing myself to return this beautiful bag because of it. I really, really wish there were more color options - black or gray would have been perfect. I always prefer to spend on investment pieces that will never go out of style, but I feel the Fir color limits the versatility and longevity of this bag. While the green is still fairly neutral, it still feels trendier to me.
2) The straps. The cross body strap isn't for me; I don't like to wear bags that way (partially due to my large bust and partially because the way it feels). So, I tried the bag with the cross body strap on it's smallest setting and hung it over my shoulder. The result is that the top of the bag is beneath my hip bone and the bottom of the bag hits about 4 inches above my knee - just much too long (for reference, I am 5' 5"). The top straps look great if you carry the bag by them, but that means your hands are tied up. They are long enough to wear on your elbow, but they are not big enough to go over your shoulder. Also, for those that do like cross body straps, the top straps do not lie flat and poke into your side. As another reviewer noted, you can criss-cross them nicely but they still nudge into me.
All in all, this bag is pretty great and I would have easily been able to overlook the inconvenience of the straps if the color was better on me and/or more timeless. It would probably look terrific on someone with darker coloring than mine.
September 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by doreth77 Great size and great quality
Just received my Marion Quilted Satchel today, and is even better in person than in the picture. I love it!!
September 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sue36 Large but lightweight and fun!
Just received this bag, and I love it! It holds everything my summer tote held but weighs a lot less. Loaded up with everything, it still keeps its shape. The fir color is definitely more neutral than most greens, and the quilting along with the whip stitching make it a bit edgier and more fun than the average fall bag. The quality appears very good. Don't know how they got the top handles to lay down in the photo as mine won't at all, but they do criss cross on the top of the bag easily when worn cross body. It's a keeper.
September 5, 2014