I impulse purchased the Michael Kors' Large Selma Satchel back in May. Mostly because it reminded me of the more expensive Celine Luggage Tote. I'm still lusting after it, but I'm more or less satisfied with my Michael Kors version for the time being.
I opted for the Vanilla colour rather than the White because it was less harsh of a colour but would still look sharp and pop with all my outfits.
As my first "real" handbag purchase, I wanted to make sure it wouldn't get dirty easily so I bought a leather-protecting spray. I ended up getting purple hair dye as well as denim and black fabric dye stains on it. The spray proved to be an effective barrier between the two because all the stains eventually came out. Or the combination of Lysol wipes and hairspray. I'm not sure which.
What really sold me on the bag was the removable shoulder strap. While I loved the look of the bag on its own, I could never carry it by hand all the time. In fact, the few days that I tried, I ended up with shoulder pains.
After only several months of everyday use, the d-ring attachment at the front of the bag started to tear. In a weak attempt to prevent it from getting worse, I tried to carry it by hand for a few days, ending up with the aforementioned shoulder pains. I should have listened to my gut instincts when I first saw how the shoulder straps were attached. The way the attachments were positioned at front left and back right, and how the leather loop was attached through a cutout with only stitching, are not able to provide balanced or sufficient weight distribution.
When I went in store to ask about the one year warranty, I was told it did not cover wear and tear, and that I was carrying too heavy a load in my bag. Essentially, they were saying it was my fault. After laying out all my bag contents, I still feel that everything I carry are essential items in a modern woman's life. Shouldn't Michael Kors' designers have taken this weight load into account when designing this type of bag? I'm on the fence about future purchases from Michael Kors. On the one hand, I like the quality and affordable price point they offer, on the other hand, this experience.
From left to right: lip balm EOS, sunglasses and case Marc Jacobs, hand cream Milk, lychee flavoured mints Rio, wallet Michael Kors, change purse Coach, iPhone 5 Apple, iPad Mini Apple, mirror
Photography by jen