Review: J.Crew Biennial Hobo

Jul 15, 2013

The J.Crew Biennial Hobo is a downright gorgeous bag.  Soft pebbled leather, handy pockets, and rich colors get this bag and eight out of ten.

My favorite here are the outside pockets.  The zipper enclosures can be stubborn at first, but relax with use.  They open to roomy space for wallets, sunglasses, iPads, and plenty more.  These pockets have the added bonus of extra security - with three separate compartments, it's harder to pickpocket or slash open.

The straps on this bag also get a big thumbs up.  The smaller strap is the perfect length to swing onto your shoulder, and it stays put when you need to use both hands.  The unexpected buckle for the longer strap is a lovely detail.

The middle of the bag can be an issue.  Side pockets (one zipper, two open) allow plenty of space for pens, lip gloss, business cards and other quick grabs.  The area inside is large enough to hold a notebook, magazine and small makeup case.  But the slouchy structure makes this part of the bag hard to access, and I find myself fighting to reach hair clips or whatever else has inadvertently fallen to the bottom.

I bought this bag in navy blue on sale and wore it everywhere.   The $325 full price is a bit hefty, but with the right sale I'd grab a this bag in a second color.

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