Carry everyday essentials in this slim, envelope-style purse of sumptuous Italian full-grain leather. Fold-over flap. Inside cell phone pocket. Hip-length fixed strap, perfect for every day. Magnetic closure. By Eileen Fisher. USA.
Size: 10 3/4" H x 9 1/2" W
A small amount of dye may transfer onto light colors while wearing.
I was looking for a smaller bag for evenings and outings, but most were too small to hold the essentials. The quality of the leather is beautiful (I own two other EF bags). There is plenty of room for medium wallet, hard side glasses case, keys, tissues and lipstick. I had to adjust the strap by knotting it on both ends, and it now fits my 5'3'' frame.
Review 2 for Eileen Fisher Italian Messenger Purse
Location:w. orange, nj
great errand bag
Date:February 21, 2012
i purchased this bag so i didn't have to haul my large bag around. it fits perfectly across my body and holds large wallet and other items needed for either quick trip to supermarket or whole day in manhattan.
Review 3 for Eileen Fisher Italian Messenger Purse
As soon as I saw this bag I wanted to buy it. I loved the streamline shape. Like so many Eileen Fisher designs, it has a minimalist chic that I like so much.
And the purse is very good quality: substantive leather, a beautiful pewter finish, and fully lined.
Where it didn't work was in the overall design. It's shaped like a document pouch and if I were only carrying a few documents in it, it would be perfect.
However, I typically carry lipstick, a three-fold wallet (not huge but not super skinny either), a brush, 2-sets of keys, a case for business cards, sunglasses, reading glasses, a pen, check book, and my cell phone (an iphone).
Packed with all these items the purse bulges and the flap doesn't sit flush against the side of the purse. The magnetic snap does close fully so it isn't security that is an issue. But the beautiful flat line of the bag is lost and the large, flat flap kind of sits on top of the lumpy bag.
If I were more of a minimalist packing gal, this bag might have worked but I'm not and what I love about this bag is lost once I fill it with my daily necessities. In reality this bag functions more like an oversized evening clutch.
One last comment: I think from a design perspective using a large flat flap like this bag and not including a small outside pocket for keys or a cell phone was a mistake. I think a pocket could have been concealed in a slightly different design.
So it comes down to the bag being a beautiful design IDEAL but one that doesn't work with the realities of my life. That is the reason that despite the excellent quality and beautiful leather, I gave it only two-stars when rating it for value.
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Review 4 for Eileen Fisher Italian Messenger Purse
Location:East Hampton NY
Date:January 18, 2012
I bought this in the fall as a purse to take on vacation and have carried it constantly since. I can fit a full size wallet (continental style) in the bag plus my smartphone, readers in a soft case, sunglasses, a flat makeup bag (approximate size 3.5" x 3.5") and a notebook with pen (@ 4" x 2.5"). And my stack of frequest buyer cards that all stores seem to hand out these days. Amazingly enough, it still snaps and lays flat. I am 5'4" and it is hip length as a crossbody. But I really love that it is still an attractive crossbody with a winter coat on. The leather is soft. I bought the silver, more of a pewter color to me.