Next up: Clare Vivier messenger bag in navy nubuck leather. My new favorite bag!
Based on the description on the Clare Vivier website, I was envisioning a huge bag. It arrived, and proved to be the perfect size: large enough to fit a 13″ MacBook w/sleeve, or a stack of sheet music or files, but not overwhelmingly so. When not very full, it collapses down upon itself and appears smaller. I think also that because it really doesn’t have any depth to it (it’s essentially two pieces of leather sewn together), it’s a smaller, more manageable size.
Anyway, I can’t get over how great it is. It’s hard to photograph the dark leather to show how nice it is, but it’s buttery, thick, and soft nubuck leather. The leather tends to mark up a bit, but rubbing the scuff with a finger will make it go away in a few seconds. I haven’t had any issues with water marks.
I’m totally enamored with the shape and size–it’s very relaxed and casual, and the shoulder strap is the perfect length for me (at 5’9″, it’s long enough to wear cross body or on the shoulder). Anyway, this bag was the highlight of my end-of-year shopping.