Disappointed in quality
When I noticed that Vera was offering a new type of material for their products, I was ecstatic. I ordered the scalloped hipster and a matching wallet online in hope that it would be easier to clean than my fabric bags. After carrying this hipster for a few months, I noticed that the rubberized seam/piping was beginning to split in several different places. I have had other Vera products that I have used for over three years that still look better than this practically brand new bag. I am severely disappointed in the textured PVC quality, especially considering the price I paid for the set. It is one of the cutest purses I have ever owned and sadly I am already having to retire it. I would not recommend this purse to anyone who carries a purse frequently.
August 13, 2014
Great bag with one reservation
I really do like this bag - I like the PVC material, it really does make the pattern pop. It holds quite a bit for such a small bag. The one reservation I have about the bag is that the middle compartment does not go all the way down to the bottom of the bag and therefore, small items like pens, small note papers, etc. do not stay in their compartment but can go under the middle compartment and that can be annoying. Please VB, secure the middle compartment to the bottom of the bag.
August 2, 2014
Not what I expected :(
I immediately fell in love with this design when I saw it so I saved up some money and ordered it. Unfortunately, I'm gonna have to return it. While the purse is my ideal size and fit everything I would need from day to day I was unsure of how long the bag would actually hold up. I can be little hard on my purses and I felt the material was going to start stretching or even tearing soon after I began to use it. I am very upset to have to return this. I would have given this 2 stars but I do really love the pattern and how much it could hold (easily my all-in-one wristlet, eyeglasses, phone, keys, and small personal items).
July 3, 2014
Cute alternative to traditional Vera Bradley
I purchased this bag in Fanfare Fans. After long and careful consideration between that and the Flutterby Butterflies I decided that the Fanfare was the more practical pattern for versatility even though I loved the fun bright purple in the Flutterby. After I received my Fanfare Fans scalloped hipster I was so in love with the look and the functionality of it that I ended up purchasing the Flutterby as well. I normally carry a turn-lock wallet in my purses (typical bags I carry rotate between the Mandy, the mailbag and the convertible crossbody) so this hipster is smaller than what I tend to carry and I also decided to purchase the BB collection Slim Coin Purses in matching patterns as a wallet alternative. In the scalloped hipster I was actually able to fit all of the items that I was carrying in my Mandy minus the turn-lock wallet. In the back compartment in the divided interior I had a BB collection slim coin purse with all my loyalty/club/punch cards, a zip ID case with my drivers license, cash, coins, debit card and biggby coffee card and my checkbook in a VB cover (all the contents of turn-lock wallet). There was still room in the back section if I wanted to bring my kindle (which is in a vera small e-reader cover). Middle zippered section held an ink pen, gum and dental floss. front open pocket held lip balm (probably 3-4 at a time), small pack of tissues, vera pocket papers, travel sized hand lotion, small bath and body hand sanitizer, a tune-in case with 2 pair of earbuds inside and a travel size bottle of advil. I was AMAZED at the amount of stuff I could cram into what appeared to be this tiny bag. It held its shape nicely only just looking a little like I had too much in there when I carried the kindle. This little guy holds the same amount while not looking so "duffel bag" as my husband likes to refer to my vera purses. So all in all I say this is an awesome alternative to traditional VB fabric bags!
May 31, 2014
My new Favorite!
I received this bag in flower shower along with the matching slim coin purse for my birthday and absolutely love them both! The new pvc material is stunning and makes the pattern more vibrant. The scalloped edges are adorable and makes the bag all the more appealing. It looks much better in person. The bag is very roomy and versatile. The more stuff i put into it the more room it makes! no bulkiness whatsoever! The only complaint I have is that I cannot wear it as a cross body bag because it falls at an awkward spot on my hip. I am 5'9 and even at the bag's longest adjustment it just does not look right. However, that does not change my opinion on how fabulous the bag is! Still a must have!
May 6, 2014
Awesome bag !
This bag is the best ! I LOVE the PVC material. It's light weight and feels great. The PVC material makes the patterns look sharp and vibrant. The bag has lots of compartments, great shoulder strap and the prettiest scalloping. Vera Bradley needs to make more bags with the PVC ! This bag is especially cute and practical. The flower power pattern is so cool. Highly recommend this bag.
March 27, 2014
very similar to patricia crossbody. the fold over flap is very fragile thin leather. the strap is thicker though. the inside is very cute with a little compartment in the middle. there is also an envelop sized pocket on the back
March 24, 2014
great bag for a woman on the go..
I recommend all of Vera's products to anyone. you can clean them and they have a look all their own.. I love flowers....GREAT..
March 24, 2014
I went to the closest Vera Bradley store yesterday to spend a gift card I received for my birthday. I had no intention of buying this hipster (I planned to buy a Vera Tote), but once I saw this it, I had to have it. This cross body is not fabric; its textured PVC, which is new for VB, but I like it. It is light weight and cool to the touch - great for the summer! I also love the flirty scalloped edge in the front. It is remarkably roomy inside, with 3 separate compartments, two open ones with a zippered one in the middle. I can fit make up and Advil in the middle compartment, a wallet and keys in one open compartment, and a small notebook, pen, and my iPad mini in the other open compartment (it is a tight fit, but it does fit...even with a slim cover on it). There is also a back pocket for my cell phone.
To me, this pattern is nicer and more vibrant in person than it is online. There is also a great deal of variation in the pattern and cut on this hipster. The store had 3 of these in stock and each one looked really different - one was predominantly the blue color (this is the one I purchased), one was very orange, and one was mostly green and yellow. I would recommend purchasing from a store, where you can see the actual hipsters, if color and cut matter to you.
Because this is a new material for VB, I was a little leery of how this will hold up compared to VB's fabric bags, but the store assured me that if there are any problems with it after using it for a while, I can bring it back for an exchange or refund. That is good enough for me and the purse was too cute to pass up! I will update this review in the future if I notice any problems with it holding up.
March 22, 2014