This bag is beautiful. Dots. Where to even start with how flexible it is?
I had this See by Chloé ‘Mara’ bag on my wish list at various locations for the ages and then when it went on sale at The Iconic I practically made money on the purchase. it. Okay, I didn’t, but I like to think that with all the discounts on a luxury item with a high resale price, you’re fine.
This is my second See by Chloé bag, the first time i was a bucket bag bought a few years back and still looks like new today. I really believe this is one of those diffuse labels (Viewed by Chloé is a sister brand to the French luxury brand Chloe) exceeds its weight in quality and price. I own a single Chloé bag (review coming soon, make your popcorn) but unless that’s ownership status or owning a particular luxury brand, you can do fine. with diffusion chain. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons.
Everything. Did I mention everything? As a cross body bag, it is flexible and comfortable. Dimensions are as follows:
- Min. Strap Length: 108cm / 42.5in
- Drop Handle: 48cm / 18.9in
- Depth: 9cm / 3.5in
- Strap Length: 121cm / 47.6in
- Height: 18cm / 7.1in
- Width: 21cm / 8.3in
So it’s not big and bulky, but you can really fit a little. Most days I carry a box of pencils, wallet, phone, asthma medicine, hand sanitizer, compact mirror and still room for more. Check out the video below for my body size.
The leather is nice and looks surprisingly good as this bag has so far been used on everything from going out to the supermarket to going to work. I’ve used lotion twice, plus water repellent just to keep her in top condition.
Another pro point for me is the choice of color scheme. I was quite strategic when choosing this color as I wanted a bag that would go well with many outfits. Cream, tan and black in many boxes. However, if you’re not a fan of this combination, there’s everything from block colors to combinations. Burgundy, green, blue, black, beige and everything in between.
I’m going to be picky here but I guess I have to find something about the bag that you might not like!
If you want easy access to your phone, there’s no pocket outside the pocket to slip it. For some people, it’s annoying to have to open the bag if you want constant or easy access to a particular item. On the other hand, this can be seen as a safety benefit if you don’t want your phone to be exposed or easily swiped out of your pocket. But I want to give you cons.
Wait I’m thinking.
Oh ok, the bag can only be worn long shoulder or crossbody. A lot of brands will combine, or at least give you the option of a shorter strap. The strap is adjustable, but it’s long, watch the video again to see me wearing it as a crossbody. If you’re wearing a shoulder bag, keep walking.
The chain/charm/logo on the front of the giant gold ring can be off-putting to some people. Chloe and in turn Viewed by Chloé love their hardware so I guess if you bought the bag for the brand recognition you would know this and be happy with it. I’m 100% onboard for the hardware on my accessories. If it’s a sleek Botega-esq look you’re aiming for, this isn’t it.
All in all, for the price, I think the Mara bag is a great investment. It will suit you in terms of cost per wear and outfit choice, mainly due to the tri-color scheme. The materials are of excellent quality, and rival any luxury you can think of a handcrafted Burkin bar or equivalent. That is an agreement from me.