I have been pining for this bag in one form or another since December 2011. That's when I read THIS STORY in the Wall Street Journal.
And I changed my avatar to the Prismick shoulder bag in kelly green. Not my favorite color but I was in love with the style and just watching and waiting for the right one.
The SLIDESHOW further fueled my desire. I love to see how things are made, especially when they are given meticulous care and attention to detail. These are artisans at work.
The photo above of the finished tote in taupe napa leather was the clincher. I promised myself that one day I would have that bag.
So it was always the tote, although the mini shoulder bag certainly is enticing. It's a smaller bag and has a dressy, going out kind of look. With that and being a shoulder bag, I don't know that I'd use it as much as the tote.
I prefer over the arm handbags and know that is what I reach for most of the time. The tote can be slipped over the shoulder if necessary too. As far as the color, it's true that colors go in and out of style but I have had this color in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember. It's flattering to my complexion and works with the cool color theme of my wardrobe that is made up of purples, blues and pinks.
The interior is functional with a middle zip compartment, back wall zip pocket and two interior pockets all lined in soft napa leather. As you can see from the photo below, it's not an overly large tote. It looks to be that perfect in-between size.
This was my first time ordering from Luisaviaroma.com and there are some restrictions to make the purchase and import the bag into Canada. You must be a resident and that has to be verified. Even after completing the secure checkout process using the extra verify step with credit card password they need 3-5 business days to check with the credit card company and verify all my information to their satisfaction. The reason is that they handle all the import paperwork, handling and costs, it is factored into the price. They function as the importer and can't risk anything improper with the transaction. I looked into shipping the bag to a U.S. address but the price difference was negligible given the current exchange rate and knowing their import policy they probably would not have allowed it anyway.
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Have a wonderful weekend!