Just when I thought I’d almost gotten over my near lust for the Mia Bossi Maria, they go and introduce a new must-have messenger style bag to their line. This one is called the Reese,inspired of course, by the classy and stylish Reese Witherspoon – a genuine mommy style icon.
What I love about this bag, which should come as no big surprise to those who know how I detest the term “diaper reese1.jpg
bag”, is how un-baby it is. It is unapologetically adult in it’s styling. Thank you to the Mia Bossi designers for understanding that the last thing I want hanging on my person, is something juvenile and cutesy that clearly advertises that it contains pampers and butt-rash cream. The Reese is already appealing to a broader market of women – even those who are not moms. Note: I can usually tell I will like a baby bag when non mommy types are spotted toting it, sheerly for it’s style. Celebs currently carrying the Reese bag include an expecting Tori Spelling.
Style aside for a moment, there is more than just good looks to love about this bag. Boasting clean and simple lines, it hangs confortably – flat and sleek against the body. High quality leather and designer textiles and sturdy brass hardware and magnetic closures add substance to style.
If you are familiar with the also gorgeous and covetable Maria, you will recognize the similar interior organization in the Reese. The lining has many custom sized pockets and zips out for cleaning. Accessing the contents of the Reese is made easy, and the black hole effect is diminished because the flap opening is quite wide. And because of the Reese’s messenger styling and long adjustible strap, it is a snap to drape over a stroller handle, facing you, and quickly see and retrieve all of your things without stooping and digging. Or you can wear it crossbody and be hands free. There is ample room for all your and your baby’s necessities in the spacious, multi pocketed and well organized interior. And you’ll be glad to note that the bag comes with a coordinated flat fur topped changing mat.
The fabric and lightweight leather version I tested was comfortable to wear and not as heavy as many all leather bags (which I dearly love, but which may at some point lead me to book a series of chiropractor visits).
If you, like me, are looking at it and thinking that it would make a great work/laptop bag later on down the line, if only there was a way to convert it… conratulations! You just may be psychic. Or smart. Or both. Because the clever designers were also thinking ahead on this. They offer an add-on padded laptop case that you can swap in for the multi-pocketed baby bag lining. Both linings simply zip in/out for cleaning and repurposing. Nice to know that this power bag is going to serve you well for years to come.
If I had to nitpick and suggest an addition to this bag – it would be feet. Particularly for the fabric version. I am paranoid about setting down any bag that lacks feet. But this is a small consideration. Because honestly, I am not likely to set a bag this nice down somewhere dirty anyway. I’ll set the kid in the dirt and put the bag in the stroller! Just kidding. Ummm – okay, I am not kidding. Kids hose off easier!
All in all I would definitely recommend this bag to anyone searching for a dual purpose high style messenger. It’s sure to inspire compliments and keep you chic, even as you grab for you thousandth wipey of the day and, of course, retrieve your child’s butt-rash cream.
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