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Great Bag, Aesthetic Qualities, Does the Job etc
on 21 April 2012
I've been searching for a versatile Kipling bag for awhile now and originally ordered the Fairfax Medium. When it arrived it was so tiny, the straps wouldn't even go over my shoulder! So I sent it back and began searching again.
Originally I wasn't fussed on the Gracy style, but I really loved the Blaise print. It was a little out of my price range, (The Blaise print is more expensive) but there was a 25% off deal so I took it.
One thing to note about Kipling bags in general on Amazon is that the colours displayed in the pictures have been taken with a strange saturation or something. The site shows the Blaise print as being very "white" with purple rosettes but it is in fact a purple base with a darker purple over it. Beware with other colours too, (just check the colours on google images and you will see what I mean) the Deep Sky is a beautiful vibrant blue on Amazon, as is the tangerine colour, but in reality the Deep Sky is more baby blue and the tangerine is definitely not as bright!
The bag itself was smaller than I imagined it to be, at first glance I thought "Oh no, that will not do!" But it does in fact hold everything I need. The size, to put it into real terms, is about the size of an A4 page. You would have trouble putting an A4 notepad into it (it would probably go, but you wouldn't be able to zip up!)
However, it holds my Kindle, Purse, Keys, and lots of other things with plenty of room and even my netbook squeezes in there (although it makes the bag very rigid). The pen holders are fine but I would say that they need to rethink their phone pocket, as it will not fit most smartphone sizes, and now I have to use the MP3 pocket for my phone instead!
I will say that it could definitely use another zipped pocket on the back, most other Kipling bags have these but with the Gracy bag it is not there. The strap, although long enough to put across the body, it needs to be fully adjusted to do this, which was a bit disappointing as I'm not even that big of a person.
Hopefully this review helps others in their decision to purchase a Kipling bag, as I spent ages trawling reviews to decide on mine. I am very happy with my purchase, and I am pleased with the Blaise print even though it is so different to the amazon picture!