Sandast – James Petit (& a Surprise) Unboxing



SANDAST – James Petit (& a Surprise) Unboxing

I simply adore these two (2) bags!  You saw me fawn over the James Tote during the interview.  That day, I learned someone had commissioned a smaller version of the James Tote, but whether or not it was headed to production was still a question mark.  I was thrilled to learn that it is indeed now part of their regular line up.  Here are my first impressions:

JAMES PETIT – The size is absolutely perfect:  13 X 10.5 X 5.  The first thing that struck me is the color.  It’s very rich and has the signature vintage look and feel, but with the telltale new leather smell.  It is a VERY comfortable carry and I can see myself easily carrying this little beauty everywhere.  I would have no qualms about taking it out and about for long periods.

JAMES ORIGINAL – One look at this bag and there is absolutely no doubt why this bag is a best seller.  Unapologetically 16 X 12 X 5, this bag stands out.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the hand tag that lets you know the year made and the unit of production.  There are no more than 100 handmade units of this color produced for the 2018 season.  To say that I am thrilled to receive the first one of the season is an understatement.  Since every piece is handmade right at their showroom, each piece is unique, but when you know there are only 100 per season, it makes the product that much more so.

I am still smiling just thinking about these bags.  I will be back with my classic bag battle and an individual review for both.  If there are any questions you’d like me to answer in the bag battle, please let me know!



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Love 41 Backpack Battle

Check for it here (You’re gonna love it!):  City Backpack vs. Wanderer’s Backpack

City Backpack vs. Wanderer’s Backpack!


So excited to see all the new designs on Love 41!  I love that they’ve released some traditional backpacks instead of convertible backpacks.  The bags are so different, it’s hard to know which one is right for you. Hopefully, this video helps you decide.  Here’s a quick rundown in the backpack battle:

City Backpack – This bag packs a lot into bag.  I was surprised at just how much I can fit in there. The leather on this is the smoother, slick leather.  It reminds of the leather on their Umuragi collection. It’s a stiffer, structured bag that’s going to require some breaking in to reach it’s full potential. It has one main zippered compartment, one front zippered pocket and two open front pockets with a nipple closure.  The zipper runs over the top and down the sides (old school, Jansport style – remember those?).  This is perfect for a replacement as your work purse or an evening out after work.  It’s compact so won’t look out of place in a casual work environment, art gallery, museum, etc. the way a standard backpack might.   It would also make an uber chic diaper bag, especially because it has easy access (one zipper) to get to the main compartment and three other compartments for staying organized!  You can also open the bag while standing up on the go!

Wanderer’s Backpack – If the mini version is the City, then this roomy cousin is the Country.  This backpack fits a TON of stuff.  The leather on this is the floppy sort (reminds me of the way people describe the Love 41 Simple Tote). You can see the richness of the grain, the marbling and feel the texture of this bag.  On just the first wear, you’re going to feel the way it molds to fit your back.  This bag is big and has a nice weight to it, but they’ve thoughtfully added padding inside the leather straps so it feels SUPER comfortable on. Getting in and out of this bag requires a bit more doing than the City – there’s a strap, flap and then the zipper.  Realistically, you need to set this bag down to get to the interior.  The benefit to this is this bag is SECURE.  Plus, its got those two side pockets with both zippers and flaps that make for easier access on the go.  Your phone, keys and can’t-live-without cosmetics can live in those side pockets!  I’m thinking the Love 41 Essential Oils pouch would keep those cosmetics organized in the side pocket so no fishing around.  This backpack likes to make its presence felt…probably not the best thing for the office, but perfect for a day out exploring, hiking and traveling!  Or if you’re mom on the go and carry more stuff than you ever thought possible, then you’ve met your match!

What backpacks do you like?  Let me know if you’ve found some great backpacks for work or for wandering….thanks for stopping by!