Hello #bossyones! Today I thought I would try out a new type of post and do a product review!
I have been coveting the Jetsetter Convertible Backpack from Henri Bendel for almost a year now. I love the idea of smart purse for the office with all the convenience of a backpack. So when I started a new position at work I decided to celebrate by finally giving in to temptation 🙊
Here's my breakdown of all the things I love about this bag and the few things I would change. Want to pick one out? Check out their collection here. Note that this review is not sponsored and all opinions shared here are my own.
PROS: Spoiler alert, this is going to be a really good review. I was so excited to finally get this bag and it has lived up to the hype.
The first thing I love about the Jetsetter is that it comes in a huge range of colours. In addition to their standard spread, Henri Bendel frequently releases limited addition hues. I was torn between the classic black with gold hardware or the feature Rumba Red (read: cranberry). In the end, I decide to bite the bullet and go with red and I'm so happy that I did! The colour is very true to the photos on the website. It comes with gold hardware and monogramming (more on this later) and dark burgundy canvas straps.
My favourite feature of the Jetsetter is its versatility. The smart shape and leather accents make it perfect for work and the backpack straps give it the ultimate convenience. The purse comes with detachable canvas straps that can be clipped onto the back or sides of the bag to make it a backpack or cross-body purse. I absolutely love being able to switch seamlessly between wearing it on my back and holding it as a handbag.
In terms of the interior, the set up is pretty solid. There is a large inside side pocket with a zipper, as well as a large open side pocket that works perfectly for my date book and papers. There is also a small open pocket on the other side that fits a card holder perfectly. The bag is pretty spacious and easily fits my makeup bag, date book, wallet, camera and keys with room to spare.
In terms of the exterior, the leather detailing is lovely and the nylon is durable and water resistant (allegedly - although tbh I'm too nervous to test this feature). It also has two zip pockets on the outside that fit a cheque book (do people still use cheque books?) and note pad nicely.
Finally, for an additional $6.85 CND, you can get your bag monogrammed. I am a sucker for monogramming. I think it's such a cute personal touch!
CONS: I'll be honest, there's not a lot that I don't love about this bag, but I'm not wild about the lining. The lining for all of the Jetsetter backpacks (regardless of colour) is a royal blue-purple. Generally speaking, I'm not crazy about statement linings and the colour is simply not my fav. Thankfully, you don't really see it unless you are rooting around for something.
The other thing that irked me is that you can only monogram three initials. In the world of hyphenated first (and last) names, you need at least four letters to squish in your first, middle and last initials. Not the end of the world, but a bit of a drag.
VERDICT: This bag was definitely worth the wait. It's elegant, practical and so convenient. I would absolutely recommend it to women who are looking for a professional bag that suits their busy lifestyle. A+!
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