One of the promises I’ve made myself this year is that I’ll spend less money on cheap bags and try to save more for luxury purchases. I’ve always been a bag girl, since I was 12 and eyeing my friend Nikki’s tiny Coach shoulder bag. I eventually got a Coach bag of my own (that has long since been retired) but in the years since, various bags have made their way to the top of my wish list. The Chanel 2.55 bag is my ultimate dream, followed by the Gucci Lady Web, a Goyard Saint Louis, the Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis Bag, the Hermès Evelyne Bag — the list goes on and on.
I’ve made two true designer bag purchases in my adult life, both of which I’ve bought resale and majorly discounted. The latest addition is the Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag, which I’d coveted for over a year andbought in July.
Like I said in this post, I purchased the bag on Mercari, and I highly recommend checking out resale apps like this one to score a good deal on Mansur Gavriel bags (and other designer items!)
I’ve been using the bag for a few months now, so I’m at the place where I can offer a full opinion about it. So I thought why not a review? Happy to answer any questions that I don’t touch on in the below, too!
What I like about the Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag.
The size: I have the medium-sized bag, which I think is the perfect size. I can fit my headphones, wallet, keys, earbuds, phone, lip balm and other essentials in there easily without it feeling too weighed down. I’d honestly find anything smaller to be too tiny, and anything bigger to be overwhelming.
The color: My bag is “Brandy” on the outside and “Avion” on the inside. That’s fancy bag speak for a medium brown hue on the outside and a blue on the inside. You can see an example of it in this bag, too.
The shape: I think Mansur Gavriel has so, so many cute bags. I love the sun bag and the classic bucket bag, and the circle bag, and well, pretty much every bag they make. But the Lady Bag has always been one of my favorites, and I think the shape is practical yet fashionable. I love how it looks almost like a backpack — I think it’s a classic style but isn’t too utilitarian.
The straps: This bag has a top handle strap as well as a shoulder strap. I love that it has both, and you can either carry it by hand or throw it across your shoulder. The shoulder strap is also detachable, which is a nice option to have. (And it’s always nice to have options!)
What I don’t like about the Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag.
The leather: Mansur Gavriel bags are made of vegetable tanned leather, which is extremely sensitive to scratches and even worse, water stains. I think that the scratches are almost part of the Mansur Gavriel look, and they don’t really bother me. But you have to be careful with this bag when it comes to water. It’s practically impossible to get water stains out. I’ve seen some forums recommend just getting the entire bag wet, but honestly that kind of freaks me out! I also sprayed this water protectant on it,
The closure: To close the bag, you take the two strings and loop them through a closure on the top part, and then loop again through a closure on the bag. It’s just a little time-consuming if you’re trying to quickly grab something out of your bag and then shut it. A minor annoyance, but still, worth noting.
I know that’s not much — but honestly, there’s not much to dislike about this bag! Though Mansur Gavriel is a popular brand at the moment, I feel like the Lady Bag is timeless enough that it will last through the trends. And if you want to make the investment, check out Mercari or Poshmark — you can probably get it for a great price!