I mentioned a while ago that I received a promotional offer from Ivory Clasp, which is a subscription service kind of like Stitch Fix, but it's a purse they send out instead, based on the style quiz you take, blah blah blah. You get the gist. Here's the video, and yes, it is 11 minutes long, and I will make sure that my future videos are more abbreviated! And I am so sorry that I kept fidgeting with my hair. It was a frizzy disaster because Seattle is a damp, humid mess right now. If it were a body part, it would be an armpit.
My big disappointments with this bag are that 1). it isn't leather, and 2). it's a brand that is really small and unheard of, which is contrary to their claim that the bags are brand name.
Yes, *technically* it retails for over a hundred dollars. I did google the brand and find them on Instagram. Republic of Aces is not exactly a bag people will recognize. I expected something a little better. And based on my google search, Ivory Clasp is the main reason anyone even gets these handbags so no one is actually paying the $118 retail. In fact, when I went to Republic of Ace's site to see the price on the purse and get an image of it to put here, the image file had Ivory Clasp in the name. They basically have a partnership with Ivory Clasp, and that is their main sale method of their bags. The $118 retail price is just made up. No one pays that. So I'm feeling less impressed than I appear in the video. I feel a little deceived in fact.
I will keep the bag. I will use it as a placeholder until I find a really fantastic (high-end) black bag to use. My friends have given me mixed comments on this bag, so that's not good. It appears to look cheap, according to them. *womp womp sad trombone* I feel deflated. From the video, I was initially excited about the bag! How can anyone hate a black, structured handbag?
I'll take this for a few test runs, pair it with a few outfits, and see how it works. I really do like a lot of things about it, but I don't like carrying things that are, or appear, to be cheap. That is definitely not me. But it was fun to have someone choose out a purse for me, and the purse style itself wasn't bad. I hope that Ivory Clasp does a better job of delivering on their promises (about brand and quality) for their next shipment. I will give them a few tries to get it right because I'm fair, and because the service is fairly inexpensive ($45 a month). I'll leave some more notes for the stylist.
FYI, just to put this into comparison... I bought a new Kate Spade handbag the other day for less than the retail price of this purse, from Kate Spade's site, so I'm wondering why Ivory Clasp didn't send me something like a small Kate Spade purse. Or something like Jessica Simpson or Nine West or Fossil. I expected a brand like that; you know, something that isn't luxury, but is a brand that is at least known.
I'll give them another shot, and hope the next bag I get isn't some no-name-brand that my friends think looks cheap.