Alright confession time. I’ve always wanted a drawstring bag. Its not a popular choice, I realise, but I want one regardless.
I blame it on my aunt who had one while I was growing up and I used to really want one because she always looked so casual-chic carrying hers. I never got round to it for various reasons but I always kept my eye firmly fixed on the Petit Noé, Louis Vuitton’s classic drawstring. Story has it that the Noé (slightly larger) was created back in the day to hold champagne bottles on picnics. Now tell me, how decadent is that?! 😀
The Petit Noé is a smaller version with a shoulder carry strap. There is a smaller version, Petite Noe BB that has an adjustable strap to allow you to carry it cross body if you prefer. I set my sights on the Petit Noé for a long time but never indulged. Recently, I noticed that LV has reintroduced the Noé, Petit Noé and Petit Noé BB to revive one of their most popular iconic bags.
It is also at about this time that I notice a return of the drawstring bags and while walking past the Radley store last week, one caught my eye! Whilst not cheap (and you could probably get some other brands doing similar designs for a smaller pricetag) Radley does do good leather bags and at over 25%
savings compared to of the price of an LV, its certainly the “Save” option 🙂
Save: Radley Buttermere Drawstring Bag – RM910
RM910 isn’t much of a save, but its certainly a save when compared to the competition. I didn’t get the chance to touch it, but it is described as being made from soft Diamond leather with a drawstring fastening and a hangtag with the signature scottie on it. Perfect for bashing about on weekends, and on vacation.
There are 3 colours – Black, Cotton (ivory) and Kelly Green (bright green) but I think the black one looks the best. It can be rather casual for work depending on where you work, but I think it’d pass for most offices. The only thing is that the strap is fixed so its strictly shoulder carry only. On the upside, its currently on sale at RM819 on the local Radley website which offers free shipping if you’re curious about it 😉
Splurge: Louis Vuitton Petit Noe Epi Leather – RM4,XXX
Yeah, despite the attractive save option, my heart is still set on the Petit Noé in Epi leather. It also comes in Monogram and Damier canvas but I’m not keen on them, only the colourful Epi leather ones 😀
I tried it on in store recently and its surprisingly bigger than the petit name implies. I didn’t try fitting everything I carry about daily in there but I have it on good authority by my Bag Buddy that it fits a lot and definitely more than I need. The Noé is substantially larger and drowns me, but the Petit Noé or Petit Noé BB is a lovely size!
Compared to the Radley Buttermere (which sounds like it came right out of Harry Potter, doesn’t it? Or am I mixing it up with Butterbeer? 😛 ) I think this one looks a bit more formal which I attribute to the leather used. Its still a casual design but one that can translate to a working environment quite easily.
I realise drawstring bags aren’t very popular because of the perceived safety element. Because the top isn’t zipped shut, pickpockets and thieves can dip their hands in if you aren’t careful and if you don’t tie the top properly. But they say that too of open totes. I think if you are a little more careful with your surroundings and with where your bag faces (mine never leave my side) then it should be quite alright and in fact, safer than carrying an open tote 🙂
Now comes the hard part – which colour?! LOL! 😀
Do you own a drawstring bag? Is it love or hate for you?
I love it but then I always have and yet, I still don’t own one after all these years. I think its time to remedy that. Bag lust calls 😉