There’s no shortage of handbags in my closet, but when it comes to travel bags, I’m at a loss. A few years ago I invested in some designer luggage that was more stylish than sturdy and it spontaneously collapsed after only a few trips! When I travel now, I usually carry a ton of bags: my handbag, my laptop bag, a beauty bag, a bag for miscellaneous stuff and sometimes a few others handbags packed away in my brown, wheeled carry-on. It’s not a pretty piece of luggage but it does the job. But of course I want something that’s just as stylish as it is reliable.
Recently, the folks at Lipault of Paris reached out and asked if I’d like to road-test one of their bags. They just introduced a brand new tangerine color for spring, and the bright and citrusy hue alone piqued my interest. But the bags also looked solid – soft but sturdy. I chose the 18″ Weekend Satchel ($99) and took it with me on a road trip that weekend. (See more of my personal pics, here).
The bag is made of a light yet durable 210-denier nylon twill fabric. It has a light sheen so it looks sleek and stylish, but don’t let the looks fool you! The fabric is incredibly strong. I packed the roomy bag to the brim with clothes, shoes, beauty products AND my laptop and it didn’t budge! Also, it features aircraft-grade aluminum retractable handles and self-healing zippers. It zipped up easily, even with all of my stuff inside, and the handles were comfortable for carrying even though my packed bag weighed more than a few pounds. Additionally, there’s a strap on the back of the bag that you can slip over the handle of your luggage to make travel easier.
Inside the bag there’s plenty of space, as I mentioned. There’s a pretty deep internal zipped pocket plus several smaller organization pockets including a velcro close pocket, a cell phone pocket, pen pockets, and a keychain clip. And it’s lined in a brown nylon monogram.
Lipault’s Weekend Satchel is the perfect mix of light, sturdy and chic, and that’s just what I’ve been looking for in a travel tote. Between their Soft-Side Luggage and their 0% Foldable Luggage, you can mix and match colors and styles to design your own perfect travel bag combo! If you’re looking for some stylish and comfy travel bags, check out Lipault of Paris for more chic travel options! (Also available at Zappos.com and Shopbop.com).
Here’s a few other great travel bag options from Lipault: