Today, I have breaking news in the world of handbags, more specifically WORK BAGS, and you’re going to want to hear me out on this one.
Here’s the thing: I’m all about a classic tote, but sometimes I just don’t want my work bag to scream “STANDARD-ISSUE WORK TOTE” especially when I’m going from work to play. You feel me?
However, I’ve always felt that finding a bag that’s both functional for work AND stylish outside the office is next to impossible. You have to choose: either forego the sleek handbags you love and lug around a giant tote that properly houses your laptop and other necessities, OR abandon practicality in the name of personal style (and quality leather). Talk about a Sophie’s Choice situation, amiright?
My friends, that was then, and this is now. Today is a new day. Cue Senreve, a brand that my friend Wendy started with a couple other like-minded working girls that were fed up with the existing (lack of) options. Senreve is a luxury handbag line that finally solves this working girl conundrum with a collection of work-to-play bags that marry luxury and utility without compromising on either (foreal). These things are like real-life transformers made of genuine Italian leather. And, somehow, they managed to make them at a price point that doesn’t require you to take out a second mortgage. Witchcraft!
Today, I’m carrying their latest style, the Mini Maestra, but you have to check out their full line-up, including the regular sized Maestra bag. What I love most about this bag is the absurd amount of organization and the versatility of design. Both bags have a whopping seven interior pockets, which make staying organized a breeze (even for me, which is saying something…) and both bags can be carried THREE different ways. The adjustable, detachable strap allows the bag to be worn as a crossbody bag, a backpack (!!!) or a top-handle satchel. GENIUS.
I opted for the Mini Maestra because I often just bring my iPad to and from work and meetings—and, of course, the bag not only has an interior pocket that fits my iPad, but the pocket is actually padded and specifically designed to house and protect tablets. If you’re looking for a bag with enough room for a full-sized laptop, the larger Maestra is the way to go—its large padded pocket can house a 13″ laptop. Whatever size you choose, rest-assured no detail has been overlooked. Every inch of this thing from the pale blue micro-suede interior to the gold feet on the bottom of the bag (so the leather doesn’t scratch when you set it down) to the minimalistic branding on the side gusset is just perfect.
Not only is this beauty perfect for work or play, but the pockets and versatility make it amazing for traveling as well. I’m a big fan of this marine blue hue which is perfect for fall, but you have to check out their full range of colors. We’re talking ice blue, blush pink, forest green, coral, tangerine, cream, black, you name it. And best of all, the bag’s quality is absolutely on par with other designer handbags I own (Senreve makes all of their bags in Italy with genuine Italian leather), but it’s a fraction of the price.
So there you have it: A handbag that’s on trend, beautiful, versatile and (plot twist!) functional, all at a price point that doesn’t give me acid reflux. What a time to be alive.
Thanks to Senreve for partnering on this post!