2.0 out of 5 stars
Great design but short life, 2 April 2014
My review is almost 2 years after purchase; I'm writing this in March 16 & immediately after purchase I'd have given 5 stars.I can certainly still do that as far as the design is concerned. I think the answer to my problem is most likely that I expected my bag to last me for many years but as you can see from the picture, it is now very shabby.I have taken this up with the manufacturer but, as fully expected, I got nowhere except that the blame was firmly placed at my door and it was diagnosed that this bag has had a tough life. Well I am pushing 80, I have no idea at all how an elderly lady like me can give a handbag a tough life. You can see from the wear mark where it has been opened at the catch that the leather there is worn and this is just with ordinary normal use. I have better things to do than to keep opening and closing my handbag all the time and I wear only a wedding ring and a simple flat engagement ring that sits flush with the wedding ring. It has no
raised stone and in any case I'm right-handed and there is nothing at all on my right hand. I am a gardener and gardeners do not have long finger nails. I don't go to work; I have not been on holiday and most days a week the bag does not even move. When it does, it is placed on the car seat, it goes on my body then back to the house where it hangs. The manufacturers are 100% wrong when they say this bag has had a tough life; it has not. They offered to re dye parts of it but cannot guarantee the longevity and for me to be criticised for the way I use my handbag is a very wrong assessment of my lifestyle, upsetting and hurtful. I own leather handbags which are 20 years old and are still as
good as new. It is a great shame that the leather will not withstand normal use because this bag is so very well laid out and I would rather pay a bit more and know that I will still have it after many years. It does seem it was intended to be for short term use. Since no one else seems to have had this problem, I can only assume that I have a Friday afternoon model. No matter what the manufacturer says, this bag has had a quiet life with an elderly lady. What DO they think I could possibly do to it to give it a rough life? It's laughable if it wasn't so upsetting.