This thing is a beast
I got one of these bags when I was a junior in high school for Christmas from my family. I have now just graduated law school and am starting my practice - it's finally time to replace it. In that time, I carried that thing back and forth to college, to my boyfriend's/fiance's house, to Europe, to the gym, to virtually every event in college where I needed changes of clothes - and I was in a bunch of clubs, so I was always hopping from one event to another. I had it with me for every single legal interview, both on campus and off campus, and I even took it with me to the bar exam for 3 days. I can fit easily 4 or 5 days of clothes in it, plus all my make up bags and a couple pairs of shoes, etc. The crazy thing is, the reason I need to finally replace it is because my friend's dog chewed on it and tore a hole in my trusty bag. I was completely crushed - I actually cried. If it hadn't been for that, I wouldn't be looking for a replacement any time soon. As it is, I've fallen in love with the canyon pattern and plan to replace my old (gorgeous) maison blue pattern from nearly 10 years ago. For what it's worth, I have the large cosmetic too, and that was the bag I used every single day for 4 years while in college (and many other times before and after - every. single. trip.), because I didn't have a better place to put my lotions, makeup, etc. in my dorm. It finally developed a tear in the plastic lining, but the outside is still as good as new. It's crazy.
If you're thinking about investing in VB, go for it. Find a pattern you love, find bags that fit your lifestyle, and maybe in 10 years it will be time to look again - or maybe not. College kids' luggage probably gets more abuse than the average person's, so I'm thinking I'll probably get 15 years out of my canyon pattern.
September 12, 2012
A Huge Lifesaver
The Large Duffel is truly a fantastic bag for everything from overnight sleepovers to multi-week stays! It's so light-weight, and the quilted straps that wrap under the bag make it very easy to carry, even when fully stuffed. Although there aren't any other extra pockets on the interior or exterior (other than the very useful one on the end), I'm not bothered by this because this duffel was meant to by efficiently packed with primary items (clothes, shoes) and lugged around, not used as an extra bag for things like magazines, an iPad, or jewelry like one would put in a bag with many pockets. As for the pattern, the Marina Paisley really pops and looks beautiful! Overall, this is a really great duffel that I'd recommend to anyone looking for something that they'll use over and over again.
February 18, 2014
If you have not purchased the large duffel, then you are bonkers( I'm just joking,of course). I got this for a just because gift. I purchased it in Sun Valley, my favorite pattern. It is AWESOME!!! You can use it for sleepovers, road trips(beach, mountains, etc.), and even if your on a plane, you can use it. At first, I thought it would be too big for me since I'm an average-sized ten year old girl. I considered the Miller bag, but once I compared the 2, I chose the duffel. For you moms, the miller is a great diaper bag and suitable for you. For me, it's a huge purse that doesn't suit me at all. Lots of my friends have the duffel,and have the same opinion. I recommend this so much!!!
February 15, 2014
Oh so close to perfect
Lovely size, bright and cheery without being obnoxious. I love the thing BUT wish it had more side pockets inside so its less of a free-for-all and that it had a dedicated shoulder strap like a generic duffle bag. I was walking from the airport to the train station and nearly slipped because trying to hold the strap on my shoulder made me miss a patch of ice.
Nearly perfect and if you're narrow in the waist/biceps/shouler area, you're probably fine. But the bag is great overall, just those two little flaws.
February 9, 2014
This was my first purchase from VB. I ordered this in Midnight Blues. I wanted a bag that was large enough for fit my cross stitch frame in. its 22 inches long. This bag works perfect! I love that I can fit everything in there and zip it up. It keeps everything in one place as well as clean and secure. I have since been back and made 3 more orders. Love this site!
January 15, 2014
FAVORITE BAG OF ALL TIME
I got this large duffle for my birthday in "tutti frutti" and it is by far my favorite bag to travel with. It is so stylish and durable and can fit everything I need in it. I get compliments on it everywhere I go. I would recommend this bag to anyone! It is the perfect size for a week long trip. If you are looking for a smaller weekender bag I would recommend the small duffle.
January 13, 2014
Exactly what I needed!
I love this duffel! I bought this when my weekender was too small for what I needed it for and with th is, I could fit anything in it! no need for another bag unless I want it! I bought this in blue bayou since this was the only color I didn't have from the spring collection. I plan to take this one on trips but it will also be amazing to use to go to the gym with, etc. I could fit a lot of clothing inside plus shoes, water bottle, or anything I need travel wise! The only thing I wish this bag had was a shoulder strap so I could put this over the shoulder but besides that, I love it!
January 13, 2014
I purchased the Large Duffel many years ago. It has been everywhere. It is so well made and washable. I absolutely love it !. I am currently looking at adding to my Collection another one with the Disney Print ! If you are considering the purchase just check out already ! It is perfect for the two-three day trip. I wish they would make one not so girly but for a guy ! When I pack mine I just want to pack his. HINT, HINT ! Thank you for such a lovely duffel.
January 10, 2014
What Took Me so Long?!
I had another duffel (not vera) and while it did the job, it wasn't durable enough and the print wasn't exactly mature (I'm a freshman in college). So I went to my local VB outlet store and FINALLY talked myself into buying one of these bad boys in Baroque and it is easily the best investment so far in my VB experience (my go to pattern is Rhythm and Blues but it wasn't dark enough for me to think I could get away with not putting it in the wash every time I come home). Just to test it out: I could fit my toiletries, a jewelry roll, a wedge cosmetic, three pairs of jeans, my Converse, a pair of flats, six blouses, four cardigans, a ditty bag, and a mini hipster inside with my tech case holding my various chords and headphones in the slip pocket while still passing carry on compliance (there was also still room)! Apparently the flight attendants love these bags too because you can stow them under your seat normally, if you're in need of a new travel bag go get this now!
December 29, 2013
This bag is huge! I can fit a week's worth of clothes, toiletries, etc. in the bag without trouble. When I'm not traveling, it holds all my other VB duffles with room to spare. The straps are a great length, and the outside slip pocket is a nice touch. The one thing that would make this bag better would be inside pockets, since I like to keep my things organized.
December 25, 2013