In my bag:
Comme des Garcons zip around wallet | use code GRECHEN25 at Azalea for 25% off
Baby baggu bag | $7 at Baggu
Jerome Dreyfuss small popoche wallet | larger version on sale + 25% off at East Dane
Comme des Garcons pouch | the butterfly one is so old, but I usually carry my Very Black Pouch, available at Forward
Caudalie lip conditioner | 20% off at Skinstore with code july20 (my favorite!)
Since I’ve been carrying my new Jerome Dreyfuss Florent backpack* for a couple of weeks now (outfit here), I think I can safely give it a good review. In short, I really really love it. I also have a few small issues with it.
I’ve gone back and forth over the last year or so on wanting/not wanting a packpack. I toyed with the more structured 3.1 Phillip Lim pashli backpack, but that’s just too structured for me; I couldn’t see myself carrying it. Since the moment this Jerome Dreyfuss version came out, I’ve been in love with it, but wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull a backpack off, or that I wanted to. Now that I have it, it’s really not very different from a “regular” shoulder bag, and it’s quite easy to carry.
I usually carry it with just one strap over my shoulder, like a shoulder bag, and it hangs nearly to my hip. Sometimes I hold it in my hand, but I mostly use that small strap on top to grab it out of the car, or to quickly pick it up. None of the straps are not adjustable (I sort of wish they were), but I’m okay with that the more I carry it; they’re the perfect length for me to carry it the way I do. The only way having them shorter would come in handy is if you actually want to carry it AS a backpack. As it is, it’s quite awkward to carry that way, since it hangs basically down at my butt. I suppose that would have been nice for traveling, but then again, I’d never want to travel carrying a bag at my back where I can’t see it.
This bag also satisfies my desire for a bucket bag. Who knew? It is pretty much a bucket shape and the only closure on it is a drawstring. There are three zippers on the bag: one in the back that goes into the main compartment, and two on the sides that have their own separate compartments. I store my phone in one of these small compartments, and my keys in the other one. A main reason I settled on this backpack is that I thought having that back zipper to get into the main compartment would come in handy, but it doesn’t. It’s too small to get my wallet out, and it’s just easier for me to swing the bag around and open it a little with the drawstring to get at whatever I need.
And it’s much easier to get into the bag than I thought it would be at first glance. You do have to make sure you close the drawstring pretty well when you close it up, because the way the bag hangs, things COULD fall out if you don’t. The top flap doesn’t have any closure on it at all. This has not been an issue for me, because as I mentioned, I carry it more towards the front of my body than the back (it’s the way it naturally falls), so I can keep an eye on it, and sometimes have my hand on it.
I’m usually a fan of wider straps on bags (they make them more comfortable to carry on your shoulder, especially if you’re carrying a lot), so I was a little concerned that these are so slim, but I’ve been very pleased at how lightweight the bag is, and how easy it is to carry. Somehow it feels like it’s not even there sometimes.
Overall I’m so happy with this backpack and glad I chose it. It’s not going to be a great option for traveling, but I do have other bags for that. It is large enough to hold all of my “daily” things easily, but I wish it had an inside pocket for my lip stuff and mints so I don’t have to dig around the bottom every time I need one of those. Which is often! This isn’t the “perfect every day black bag” for a lot of us, but it is a fun bag that’s lightweight and easy to carry. A great option for summer…
Do you have a backpack? Would you carry one?
*I bought the Jerome Dreyfuss Florent bag with store credit I receive as an advertising trade with Forzieri. I am not being paid for this review, nor is this a sponsored post.
I don’t have one now, but back in the day, when backpack handbags were popular (80’s? 90’s?) I had a perfectly soft, minimalist in style, black leather backpack from 9West. It was before they started constructing things so cheaply out of PVC. I got rid of it when the “trend” was over, but I could kick myself because I can still recall the thrill I felt at finding the perfect bag…and on-sale!
I don’t think I’d use one now, and I think I’ve passed the “expiration date,” but it does seem perfect with your style and edited closet.
I have a little Vera Bradley backpack I carry now. I have two small boys and it’s good to have my hands free. Also, the backpack just feels better for my shoulders and back. I’m looking for a more grown-up version to have, but haven’t found it yet. Well, at least in my price range, which is basically, Goodwill. I’m not sold on the draw string, rucksack closures on many backpacks.
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