Splendid pants | available in various sizes/colors at Shopbop, Splendid & Revolve – Splendid has the widest range
James Perse scoop-back top | from last year
Dieppa Restrepo loafers | same style as linked, but mine are nubuck
Lizzie Fortunato jewels necklace | no longer available
3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder Satchel | I got mine from Forzieri, but Otte NY has it in stock for 20% off with code FALL20 (ends today)
Here is the brand new 3.1 Phillip Lim handbag style, the Ryder satchel (full-size). As I mentioned before, I struggled a little trying to choose between this bag and the cobalt blue Pashli, and now that I have the Ryder, I don’t know how I could have chosen anything else. Honestly, I always tilted more towards the Ryder because no one has one, and EVERYONE has a Pashli (and by EVERYONE I mostly mean fashion bloggers…and yes, I’m also exaggerating ;)) I have never been one to want what everyone else has unless I ABSOLUTELY love it , and then I don’t care. But I had the very first generation Pashli satchel and didn’t really LOVE it so, I settled on the Ryder. Happily.
If you’ve been reading Grechen’s Closet for a while, you know that this is a rather different handbag style for me; I tend to prefer more slouchy/hobo styles over structured satchels. Which is also why I chose this bag, over several others I had my eye on (The Jerome Dreyfuss Alain bag for one…); it’s something I don’t have already. And even though I do consider myself crazy obsessed with bags, I do think it’s possible to have too many bags, so I’d rather have one each of different styles to choose from instead of multiples of the same style.
Anyway, I am incredibly impressed with the Ryder satchel. The size is perfect for me, although I’ll admit, I was worried that it would be too big. I do wish sometimes that I could carry a smaller bag (I also loved the smaller Ryder satchel with the pink calf hair on it), but then I try to think of what I could do without that I carry around everyday, and I can’t do it.
I carried it all weekend, the different ways shown above, and found it to be very easy to carry AND get in to. I have the shoulder strap on the first hole (the shortest it can get) so when I carry it on my shoulder my arm reaches all the way to the bottom of the bag easily. The inside zipper pocket is full-size, so it holds a lot apart from the main compartment, which is good & bad – I generally prefer inside pockets that are smaller and don’t go all the way down so they’re easier to get into in a hurry. The back pocket is the same way. It’s easy to get into, but it would have been nice to have a phone pocket or a smaller interior pocket inside. The back pocket is perfect for an ipad, if you carry one, or a very small computer.
The bag is not heavy, but neither is it light. It’s comfortable to carry, but if I’m going to use it for traveling or a lot of walking, I’m going to switch out the shoulder strap for one of my wider canvas straps from one of my Jas Bags. I don’t have a problem “hacking” my bags to work better for me – I use that wider canvas strap on my Jerome Dreyfuss Billy Bag (seen here) and my Balenciaga (seen here with longer strap) for more comfort on my shoulder, I don’t care if it doesn’t “match!”
So happy with this bag…I’ll do an in my bag post later this week so you can see what I carry inside, and get a more detailed look at the bag (the craftsmanship is nice, high quality). If you have any questions about it, please ask!
*Forzieri is a partner of Grechen’s Closet but they did not send me this bag to review, or for “free.” I worked out an advertising/partnership trade with them for store credit, which is how I purchased this bag. I’ve said before that I’m not sure I’d actually PAY more than $1,000 for a bag anymore, which I may or may not stand by. I’m still deciding 😉 But more on that later!!