To say that the Lauren Ralph Lauren Newbury Double Zip Satchel (buy here) was inspired by the Prada Saffiano Tote (reviewed here) would be an understatement. But I don’t fault LRL for bandwagoning this trend, there’s serious demand out there for a bag of this design.
I also thought there’s an uninspired quality to the bag, which is a minority opinion as the bag appears almost universally loved if online reviews can be trusted.
|Top: Prada Saffiano Lux Tote | LRL Newbury Double Zip Satchel
Bottom: Michael Kors Large Selma Satchel | LRL Newbury Double Zip Satchel
The workmanship is, imo, amateurish, at least concerning the one pictured here. Some stitches started to unravel when I took the bag out of its packaging.
The size may be slightly daunting for those who prefer lighter and more compact handbags.
It is fairly heavy at close to 3 pounds empty. I am somewhat used to lugging heavy bags around but if I had kept this for personal use, I would not last an hour running errands carrying something of this weight and size.
I am also lukewarm about the LRL luggage tag, but this feature is detachable so really a non-issue.
The size reviewed here measures 15 inches wide, 11 inches tall, and about 7 inches deep. The handheld straps have a 6-inch drop, and the detachable/adjustable shoulder strap has an 18-in drop.
The bag does come with a feature that I personally consider indispensable: protective metal feet.
I ordered this bag as a potential gift for a friend but ultimately chose something else. The gift recipient is much smaller than me and I didn’t think the weight of the bag was conducive to long-term orthopedic health.
The satchel also comes in a smaller size: the Newbury Double Zip Shopper, which is 12″ in width, 9″ in height, and 5″ in depth. The shopper is only $30 cheaper than the size reviewed here.
The Lauren Ralph Lauren Newbury Double Zip Satchel can be found here in a half dozen colors.