B. Makowsky ordinarily focuses on the trends, but with its Classics collection it takes a more traditional approach. This Vivian satchel is a great everyday option for girls who prefer a little more polish in their purse.
This satchel is free of the embellishments I ordinarily associate with B. Makowsky. There are no studs, no showy hardware, and no frills or fringe. Its color palette is also classic, although the metallics seem at odds with the no nonsense design. The much cleaner appearance makes a great change from B. Makowsky's usual offerings.
I'm not sure it's entirely successful though. The Vivian is quite structured, but its soft leather doesn't sit up quite as cleanly as I'd like. That slouch makes it feel more casual than it really should. I also don't like the way the leather puckers around the belted top. It all makes the Vivian feel a little like an awkward teen wearing her mother's clothes, rather than an accessory that's really refined. It's close to sophisticated, but it doesn't quite get there.
The Vivian's design is much smarter than its exterior. You can see the large zippered pocket in the front, but if you turn it around you'll also find a generous slit pocket in the back. The interior is large but not excessive thanks to its trio of pockets. The magnetic closure keeps everything inside safe and secure.
The Vivian's $258 is very reasonable for a bag that's made of leather and very practical. I just wish it fulfilled its promise. I can see the makings of a really great satchel here, but sadly it's only halfway there.
More Features of This B. Makowsky Classics Satchel
- Fabric lined interior
- Dual rolled handles
- Measures 7 x 14 x 10 inches
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