At $358, it is priced strategically on the cusp of within-grasp and out-of-reach for the average consumer. With a 15%-25% off discount (the typical discount for friends & family sales or a first-time email subscriber bonus), the price of the bag falls below $300, making it a luxury good crafted for modest budgets."Fast Food + Fast Fashion" also compared three sizes of different-colored Selmas. Again, she notes she likes this bag for its "relative affordability and a pragmatic yet aesthetically pleasing design."
The Selma comes in four sizes/shapes at this time (small, medium, E/W large, and N/S large) and a dozen colors (classic tan,black, navy, gray, white, luggage, and red as well as brights like tangelo orange, red, neon yellow, and hot pink; two-tone neon/black, highlighter pink/black, and black/white; metallic colors like gold).
The bag is easy to love. The shape is "classic" in that it is timeless but unassuming. The functional details like a detachable adjustable long strap, trapezoidal body, handheld straps which fold down, metal feet, and a sturdy top zipper make this bag appropriate for different lifestyles.
The leather, is admittedly not incredible &endash don't get me wrong, it's rigid and stiff, which is necessary if the bag is to retain its shape and structure; but it does mean that over time the leather is more likely to scratch, rather than soften up and become almost buttery like Mulberry's offerings. Alas, it also does not have the distinct new leather smell that sends me weak at the knees – yes, yes, I know I have problems!"what jen made" documents how her Vanilla-colored Selma handbag held up under daily use:
Jokes aside, I appreciate that this bag needs to have a thicker, stiffer leather in order for it to work, so I really can't criticise it.
After only several months of everyday use, the d-ring attachment at the front of the bag started to tear. In a weak attempt to prevent it from getting worse, I tried to carry it by hand for a few days, ending up with the aforementioned shoulder pains. I should have listened to my gut instincts when I first saw how the shoulder straps were attached. The way the attachments were positioned at front left and back right, and how the leather loop was attached through a cutout with only stitching, are not able to provide balanced or sufficient weight distribution.Lastly, "Soshified Styling Review" gives the Selma points for quality, size, and design, but mentions a few snags:
When I went in store to ask about the one year warranty, I was told it did not cover wear and tear, and that I was carrying too heavy a load in my bag. Essentially, they were saying it was my fault. After laying out all my bag contents, I still feel that everything I carry are essential items in a modern woman's life. Shouldn't Michael Kors' designers have taken this weight load into account when designing this type of bag? I'm on the fence about future purchases from Michael Kors. On the one hand, I like the quality and affordable price point they offer, on the other hand, this experience.
Though I'd love it if this article is all good points about the bag but it won't be a review without a few setbacks, but trust me, they’re not deal-breakers.Bonus link: "Fast Food + Fast Fashion", Review: Coach City Tote vs. MICHAEL by Michael Kors Saffiano Medium Travel Tote
A minor issue I have with the bag is the squeaking of the top handles when in use. I'm not sure if it's just my bag or the friction between the leathers but it's not something to worry about. Another is that the wings leave small openings on the sides since the zipper doesn't cover the whole top of the bag. Just saying, if you're paranoid with the security of your belongings; though the gap is small enough that people won't be able to reach into your bag.
My verdict: this bag is a must-have for both bag collectors and people who are in the market for a practical and trendy bag. Winged bags are still flying high and above and it won't go anywhere anytime soon. So if you're looking for a winged bag that could bring you to seventh heaven, consider buying the Selma satchel!
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