Liz Claiborne Ripley Tote | Economical Glossy Patent PVC Coral Handbag

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Liz Claiborne epitomizes cheap and cheerful fashion with the Ripley tote.

It doesn’t get much cheerier than the feminine coral pink finish, or much cheaper than PVC. High-end fashionistas may scoff at this fabric, but it only costs $34. If that’s all you’ve got to spare, or you simply want a little more cash in your purse, that price is a major selling point. PVC may not be as durable as leather, but it’s got all the shine of a genuine patent in the short term.

But it’s not just the price that impresses. This is one very cute tote. The angular shape gives it a more youthful appearance than the traditional boxy style. The coral shade could be accused of being a little wishy-washy, but the black contrast stitching gives it some definition and a little more edge.

Totes are an everyday accessory, and this one has just enough space meet that challenge. It’s smaller than many totes on the market, but it’s refreshing to carry something that’s large enough for everything you need and nothing else. It also has plenty of pockets: two in front, and another large one inside. But security concerns me. Not one of these pockets comes with a zip, clasp, or any other closure. The main compartment has a hidden magnetic stud, but it’s not as safe as a zipper might be. The small compartments on the sides have zippered closures, but they’re too deep and narrow to be usable.

The handles are also a little disappointing, with a drop of just six inches. They’ll fit snugly on your shoulder, but that’s never comfortable for too long. A little extra length would have made all the difference.

It’s not flawless, and it’ll never last as long as your Pradas or your Guccis, but this Ripley tote is a great stop-gap measure until the financial crisis is over.

More Features of Liz Claiborne PVC Tote

  • Brass hardware
  • Tan lining with white polka dots
  • Measures 8 x 8 x 3.75 inches
  • Also available in white and olive green

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