HANDBAG GIVEAWAY Sept. 1-26:
When traveling I used to pack 3-4 purses for the places we might go.
I was so happy with the Apropos Bag that I wrote the designer, Judith Nelson, to let her know how much I loved the bag. I offered to write an honest review of the bag after using it a while and here it is!
This is not a 100% perfect travel bag, but I’d say it’s about 97% of the way there!
Eight, Yes 8, Bags in One
The Apropos Bag is exactly that: appropriate for any occasion.
It’s pretty awesome that you can change the bag into any bag you need. No need to bring several purses when you travel! And it’s super easy to go from interview to desk to dinner with one bag!
I have the bag in basic black, but it also comes in a red pebbled vegan leather. The black looks like woven leather and is similar in appearance to designer bags that go for $2,000-$3,000 each.
I love it that it looks like leather (it really does) but is so much lighter to carry than a leather bag. Plus, I don’t think a leather bag would fold so easily into different styles. And this bag has some Houdini tricks!
My Favorite Looks
My favorite look is the very chic A-line bag. It just looks classy. Use the short handles to carry it. I love to bring it even to casual restaurants.
Make this by pushing in the sides near the top to make a kind of trapezoid or A-shape. You can take this shopping, upscale dining, to a museum, to a baby shower, anywhere you want to look a little posh.
For a more casual everyday look I like the simple tote bag. It goes shopping and just about everywhere in the daytime. It works as a stylish briefcase, minimalist diaper bag, or airplane carry-on bag.
For a dressy bag to wear for business, a meeting, or church, make the refined hobo bag. Just fold the grommeted sides over each other.
You can even transform the Apropos Bag into an evening bag. You fold all the grommets to the inside and carry it like clutch. You can embellish it with a ribbon tied around it with/without a jeweled pin added to the bow. Or maybe just add a tassel.
Playing Is Important
When you first get the Apropos Bag you might think you have a new toy. Actually the best way to figure out what you can create with this bag is to play with it. You will discover the three different sets of grommets on the front and back of the bag to make the bag three different heights. You can fold any or all of them to the inside depending on the look you want.
Amazingly you can even turn this bag into two different styles of a backpack purse. The braided handles go over your shoulders. Very cute!
My Preferences and Tips
Here’s a little tip to create the A-shape bag that looks so chic. I had a little trouble getting it in that shape at first. Then I tried using one of the large snap-on rings to connect the two sides inside the bag. I just snapped it onto a side grommet, pushed it inside the bag, and pushed the opposite side in, and added it to the same ring. Voila! It was the perfect shape! I kept it like that for a few days and then removed the ring. It was easier to get the sides to cooperate from then on without using the ring.
I did not use the small Grab ‘N Go Pouch as suggested. You could use it as a crossbody bag, a wristlet, or a small shoulder bag. I didn’t care for those looks, but a younger person might. However I did like using it as a secure pouch inside the purse.
I like zipping my driver’s license, a couple of credit cards, and a bit of cash in there where it’s difficult to steal. (You can place the zipper side hidden against the inside wall of the bag to make it even more secure.) I use a clip-on strap to secure it to the inside of the bag. Since there is no other zipper in the bag, this is important to me. If I want more theft deterrent than that I can always add the ring inside connecting the two sides as I described in the above paragraph!
Hardware and Strap Workmanship Signal Quality
I was impressed with the quality of the hardware and straps. That’s the usual difference between a cheaply made bag and an upscale bag.
All the metal fittings are beautiful and well made, almost like jewelry. I’m guessing the designer put a fair amount of money into these. Two large snap-on rings can be added to almost any of the looks. Hardware of this quality adds an expensive look.
The two short handles look like braided leather. They are attractive and really give a designer look, in my opinion. The long crossbody strap looks like high grade leather belting. Just beautiful. If you use the crossbody strap you might want to include the braided handles as embellishments for another attractive look.
If you won’t use the Crossbody strap at that length you can have it shortened to your preferred length at any shoe repair shop.
The large snap-on rings are included with purchase of the bag at this time. I highly recommend them. They give you more options and really add a high quality appearance to the bags. There are just a limited quantity left, so after they are gone they will be available only as a separate purchase. At that time think about which styles use them to help you decide if you would use them very often.
Take a look at all the great ways to transform this bag by clicking on this link: http://www.aproposbag.com They have some great videos there too.
Check out its much pricier designer cousin. And it can’t change into 7 other bags.
In closing I’ll just say that anytime I forget to bring this bag on a trip I’m kicking myself over and over! It has real value and will serve you well.