Review | Burberry Derby Small Banner Tote Bag

All hail my biggest purchase of 2020. Screw the 30th birthday, getting this bag was what made me feel all grown up. Months and months of working from home culminated into purchasing a bag that’s ideal for the office. One can wish for better times.

The leather is very, very sturdy. Being that it’s a grained calfskin, it’s very resistant to scratches. There is a House Check cotton panel on either side of the bag, and when I first got it I was concerned that the cotton might get dirty or stained – but the fact that it’s a concave surface helps to protect those areas.

This is one of those bags that doesn’t really fully close. I know that’s a deal breaker for some people. There is a clasp in the middle that helps to narrow the bag opening, as well as a clasp on the handles that can keep them even tighter, but if you are to swing this handbag like it’s a Ferris wheel in the middle of the street (who never?) be prepared to have things flying off and potentially being hit in the eye by a propelled tampon.

It also comes with a detachable long shoulder strap that I detached because I prefer my handbags to be hand held.

The bag is very structured, and keeps its shape well regardless of how full or empty it is. This is the small size (there is an even smaller size that’s also very cute and that I almost purchased instead of this one) and it’s not large enough to hold a tablet, but it can fit a lot – any size smartphone, wallet, a small notebook.

It’s chic but understated, classic, and formal, but in a professional way. It’s a certainly a departure from my preferred quirky bags. I guess I’m getting more mature. Now we just have to wait until this pandemic is gone so we can physically get back to work and I can and flaunt my adulthood around the office.

That sounded dirty.

Photos by Sir Fiancé.

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