At first this purse may strike you as too structured. Lots of reviews have said that the pockets are too stiff, but actually if you use it for a while, the pockets will soften up a bit and the Rachel will win a spot in your heart! <3 This purse can fit A LOT more than you would think...I have a wallet, a tech case, sunglasses, a pen/pencil, and keys in the main section, 3 chapsticks & 1 lipgloss in one of the pockets, 2 packs of gum in the other pocket, hair clips hair bands in the zipper pocket and my iPod and phone in the slip pocket on the back.
November 23, 2011
I chose poorly!
This was my first Vera and I've used it for more than a year. It still looks new. I am only giving it a 3 star, but it is due to MY choice of purses. I've been very ill for a long time, and had to carry a ziploc sandwich baggie for my "purse". Any weight at all was excruciating and also made me off balance. I fell down a lot due to poor balance. (Most people don't have this problem.) I purchased this lovely bag as my first purse. Big mistake! I needed a purse with a zippered or tight closure. Rachel is just like a tote with a flap over it. The first time I used it I was so proud and excited. My first purse in years...and I was 58 at the time. My main concern is that when I tried to get out of the car, my purse fell on the floor. A friend picked it up and most of the items I had inside ended up on the car floor! (That is when I realized I needed a secure bag!) My phone fell out of the outside slip pocket numerous times. A male friend brought me some velcro - HIS idea - and now that I've added the velcro to the flap, I carry my phone in it safely. I don't use it often though since I like to use my secure Vera purses.
The second problem I have is that all of my items end up in a jumble on the inside floor of the purse, when they are not on the car floor. It is difficult to find what I need, even when I used the slips on the side. It does carry my camera which is not a point and shoot, so that is a big plus. In other words, even though I try to keep it organized, my Rachel is almost always a jumbled mess.
Since buying the Rachel, I have 3 other Vera's and love them all! Five stars each. I have the hipster and several others that have been given to me as gifts. They all have closures on them and are wonderful! All have been made well. I am an unusual customer, since I am saying there is too much room in Rachel..but for me there is. (I also can keep my hipster neat as a pin. No jumbles on the bottom of the floor due to all the SECURED areas I can keep my items in safely. I know exactly to go to the zipped front pocket at the first ring of my phone.) With the Rachael, I lost my calls most of the time since I couldn't use the outside slip area and couldn't find the phone in 3 rings in the huge single area on the inside.
If you don't like open purses or tote style purses, don't buy this one. It is very, very easy to lose items or be pick pocketed unless you adapt it yourself.
June 28, 2013
A big bag lover's small purse!
I usually carry a larger purse, but the Rachel is great for church or a concert. It carries my glasses, phone, small wallet and small cosmetic.
I love the adjustable strap that allows crossbody wear; great for concerts.
I have it in Twirly Birds Navy, and it matches so many outfits and has a neat, clean look. All in all, a nice bag when you just need the essentials.
May 1, 2013
Great Purse for School!
Back in December I purchased the Rachel in Twirly Birds Pink. I loved it! I had never bought anything from Vera Bradley and I was very pleased. The only problem I had was with the magnetic snap. After a few months, the fabric around the snap began to tear until it fell off. Shortly after that, I took it to Vera Bradley and they happily exchanged it for me. Over all, I am very pleased!
August 25, 2012
Great size, perfect for necessitites!
I love my Rachel in lemon parfait! It is the perfect size for the necessities but will still hold it all! I can always hold a small wallet, lip gloss, compact mirror, lotion, gum, earbuds, contact case, etc. in the main compartment along with my phone in the back pocket plus it expands to hold even more than you would think it could :) the pockets are a little stiff at first but they deffinantly loosen up after a few uses! over all an awesome bag and I wish there was another one similar to it in size and capacity but I guess the redesigned mini hipster will have to do for now... Over all amazing purchase! <3 VB!
July 1, 2012
This is a great bag!!!! Its like a child purse but is very roomy inside and I just love it! I take it everywhere!!!! Thank You Vera Bradley!!!
June 29, 2012
This Vera bag is perfect for my style. I have had this for about a week. It fits just the right amount of stuff and it forces me to pack light, which is a very good thing as I am a big time over packer. I love how the strap is adjustable so it can fall at the perfect place on my body. I have this bag in Happy Snails which is my favorite pattern. If you are a starter with Vera bags or a light traveler I would HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this bag. The magnetic clasp on the front is very good quality and it actually keeps itself closed (I've had a lot of trouble with magnetic clasps like these on other bags, some were not lined up correctly, some actually broke off of the bag) which is a deal-maker, so to speak. I can tell every time I wear it that the fabric is extremely durable and the bag will last a long, long time. I have the matching Snappy Wallet in Happy Snails as well which fits perfectly in the bag. Although this bag is pretty much perfect for me, the only drawback is you would have to go about a week having something the same size as a phone or camera in the two front slip pockets because they have some breaking-in to do. It will warp just a bit on the front once it is broken-in, but it's hardly noticeable. This bag goes perfectly with everything I wear because the Happy Snails pattern has almost every color in the rainbow. I will say that this bag will look amazing in every pattern, so go ahead and express yourself. Extremely durable and extra cute. Go Vera Bradley! <3
June 14, 2012
I LOVE it!
I have a Rachel in Watercolor, and it is my absolute favorite Vera Bradley that i have! My only complaint is that the magnet to close the bag is a little annoying, and after a month of having the bag, it got torn from the fabric. I can't use the bag until it get's fixed ): I definitely recommend this!
June 10, 2012
Luv this Bag!
I have Rachel in Barcelona(pattern) that I just purchased it again in Safari Sunset.This bag fits everything I need, The back zipper( in bag )can be filled with mints,a comb,my metro card (live in New York).The back flap you can slip in your phone for easy excess and best of all the strape can go crossbody. You just Have to Have this bag.
April 13, 2012
Perfect for Mommies!!!
I know if you look at the Frannie and the Emma you will see that I have posted a comment, but whatever!! We bought my mom the Rachel in Lemon something, she loves it!! She says its great for shopping!
March 19, 2012