Straw Bucket Tote
I love this bag! I love orange accents, and Flower Shower is my favorite, so it was a must have for me.
I also got the Flower Shower Bird Key Chain to add a bird to the bag.
The "Straw" is actually a "poly" (plastic) type weave so this will hold up unlike natural straw that dries out and becomes fragile after time.
Yes the magnet is weak but when wearing, it really does not matter.
After buying this bag I had to get the Flower Shower Large Tote bag as well!
Keep the Mixed Textures coming as they are very appealing!
July 30, 2014
Great Summer Tote
I love this bag. Very light, large enough, and attractive. I will be purchasing another one. Only suggestion is magnetic lock should be stronger. Extremely happy with it.
July 6, 2014
Straw bucket tote
I love this purse and have had many compliments on it. It reminds me ol the straw purses I had back in the seventies. Not to big just right.
June 9, 2014
Amazing Summer Bag
I ordered this bag and was expecting it to probably be scratchy and hard. Wow, Was I surprised when I got this smooth, light weight but sturdy bag. I used it for my cruise and took it everywhere with me. If I did have anything to add to this bag it would be more pockets with snaps but it is ok without too. I have no doubt this bag will last e a very long time just like all my Vera.
June 2, 2014
Love this Bag
I almost did not purchase this bag, because of the bad reviews. Yes, the magnet closure needs improvement, but I don't use it. I fell in love the giraffe accessories and purchased this set for my summer purse. I love it and receive a lot of compliments. It is nice not having the same bag as everyone else. Love the giraffes on the accessories!!!
May 24, 2014
Unexpected Poor Quality from Vera
I wanted this bag so badly, but was so disappointed when I got it. First of all, the straw is SO THIN that there is NO WAY it will hold up and last the entire season if used as an everyday bag. Also, there is no liner in this bag, which I think might help the thinness of it. Secondly, the magnetic closure is so weak that it cannot keep the bag closed. Whether empty or full, the second you pick the bag up, it pulls open. I have many other Vera bags with magnetic closures that are much stronger. I fear that Vera's quality is starting to dwindle. Hopefully it was just in this one design. Do not get this bag if you intend to use it for the entire season.
May 15, 2014
Needs a few tweaks but love the style
Got the catalog at home and saw this item and fell in love with this bag in Flower Shower. Looked perfect for the beach and poolside. Going to South of France for a week (unfortunately for work!) and thought this would be nice for that, especially since its advertised to fold flat. But then I saw that someone remarked that the quality was not up to snuff so I hesitated... Took a trip to my VB store to check it out and while its not perfect.... its still a nice bag!
I wouldn't describe it as poor quality, but its not without some problems. The closure snap as has been said is a bit of a joke. For a bag this big its needs a stronger magnet closure. For me its not a huge deal, but I could definitely see how it could be problematic for others. Next, a small part of the braided strap is already exposed. I didn't notice until I got it home but if it gets any worse I'll be exchanging the bag. I was worried that the straw would be really fragile but it seems to hold up well as far as I can see. Its not like some of those straw bags where you can feel it coming apart as you rub your hands on it.
Also, on the upside, I still really like the style. Looks as good in person as in the catalog. I'm liking the direction Vera Bradley has been going with mixing materials with their patterns. I'm not always attracted to the bags that are covered in the signature print but if you mix it with the patent trimmed or a solid color its more appealing to me. I hope we'll continue to see more bags like this. Also really like that it does still fold flat for easy travel. I noticed that when its folded for a while the bag still holds the fold crease but if you stuff it after unfolding it regains its shape again. Handle length is just right.
Last nit picky thing is I like the slip pocket but if they could have incorporated another pocket, possibly a zipper one it would have won me over a little more.
April 18, 2014
First time Dissatisfied with Blue Straw tote
I have bought many items from Vera Bradley and I shopped at the Fort Wayne sale last year. This is the only time that I am so dissatisfied with a purse. The magnet closing does not work and the purse is not the quality that we are used to. I love the color. I sent the purse back the same day I received it.
April 14, 2014
Not bad, but could use improving.
The bag itself is fine, but I would change 2 things about it. First, I'd put at least one dragonfly on the bag, perhaps in the lower corner. Second, the closing snap is ridiculous. It should have a magnet for an easier, more secure closing. Because of these two reasons, I didn't buy the Petal Paisley set, also. I expect to use this bag quite a bit through the summer, coordinating it with the matching large straw tote, but I really only purchased the set because of the dragonflies, of which this bag is lacking.
April 11, 2014