Thursday, 23 January 2014

PRODUCT REVIEW: Michael Kors Large Selma Top-Zip Satchel

I'd been eyeing the Black Saffiano Leather Selma bag from Michael Kors for a little while and finally decided to buy it - a treat to myself on securing a new job. That was back in September 2013, quite a few months ago. I'd actually been meaning to do a review but thought I'd use the bag for a few months before sharing my thoughts. 

Selma Bag with matching Jet Set Continental Saffiano Wallet

The bag is an ideal size for everyday wear; not too large or to small. It fits my everyday essential; keys, phone, purse, umbrella and small make-up bag and there's still space to fit more in. In fact the bag fits quite a lot in, much more than I expected it would. From afar the bag looks quite compact (I love this, no one wants a bulky looking over-sized bag... well I don't), quite deceiving as the shape of the bag actually allows the bag to  fit in a lot. 

Measurements - Height 10", Width 13" and Depth 6".

Worn in my Smart Stripes Blog Post

I decided to go for the black Selma as I knew I'd get a lot of wear out of it - when buying stuff  I've adopted the pay per wear logic in deciding whether or not a purchase is justified; if it's expensive but I will wear or use it often then it's worth it. This purchase was definitely justified - there's not a colour I can think of that doesn't go with black. Every lady needs a trusty black bag, whether it's for work, casual wear or for nights out - this bag is suitable for all occasions.

 Worn in my Religious Painting Skirt Blog Post

The bag is available in a variety of colours; tan, navy and white, just to name a few. At the moment I particularly like the forest green shade and the lipstick red, though they are often seen as festive colours I feel they both work throughout the different seasons. 

Matching Purse

The Selma bag is quite simple but very elegant in design, not too much is going on; it's classic. I think the main feature of the bag is its unique shape. The bag has fixtures and fittings in gold (also available in silver), embossed with the brands name. I particularly like its simple design with the gold branding which allows it to be worn on all different types of occasions.
The little details count

It has two tote handles and a removable shoulder strap, so can be worn in a number of ways. The shoulder strap can be adjusted, allowing it to be worn cross body. I prefer using the tote handles as oppose to the shoulder strap.
Worn in my Snow Leopard Blog Post

The exterior of the Selma is made from Saffiano leather, a material also used by Prada, Aspinal of London, Coach, DKNY and other big brands.

Saffiano leather is grained leather  that has been tanned. The rough cross hatch on the leather makes it fairly resistant to scratches and keeps it looking new for a long time. I've also realised that this type of leather copes better with the elements than other types of leather, especially in wet conditions. 

Inside the Selma

Saffiano leather is a lot harder than other types of leather (often said to remind people of plastic) - given its shape I think that this is the perfect material for the structured Selma bag. Softer leather wouldn't hold the shape of the bag as well. 

The base of the Selma

The inside of the bag has shiny MK monogram lining, 4 small open compartments and 1 zip compartment. Each of the small compartments are big enough to fit most mobile phones, card holders and other similar sized items. 

Worn in my Black and Simple Blog Post

I prefer to wear my bag smart casual, so I tend to wear it to work quite a lot and also on casual days, like out shopping or when meeting up with friends. I've teamed it up with very different looks on my blog.


Overall, I think that the bag is worth every penny, especially if you get it in black, navy or tan; as you'll probably wear it more often than other colours. I'd definitely recommend buying it over other leather bags, as it's of very good quality and will stand up to the elements for years to come. To preserve the bag I'd advise keeping it in the dust bag supplied. I'd also advise, should you opt for a lighten colour asking the sales adviser/assistant for a protector for it, as you wouldn't want to risk any colour transfer from your clothing. 


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