I discovered a package from Net-A-Porter on my doorstep earlier last week – a Mansur Gavriel mini bucket bag. I had pre-ordered it months ago, and so long had passed that I had forgotten about the whole thing (and actually had already ordered a different bucket bag…more on that later).
When I was deciding between various Mansur Gavriel bucket bag iterations, I looked up reviews online, but saw very few for this “mini” size, out this year. I hope this review helps some of you who are considering this bag.
I had read that Mansur Gavriel leather was stiffer, being “natural vegetable tanned leather”, but when I got mine in the mail I was still surprised by how stiff it was. I know that you’re supposed to “break in” the leather, but it stiffness still surprised me. It felt a little bit “forced” to tie up the bag with its drawstring, although the leather gave way nicely and looked fine.
A peek at the beautiful red interior, which of course is a hallmark of Mansur Gavriel bags. I love the idea of contrasting interiors, kind of like Hermes except you don’t get to pick the color and the price point is nearly 20X less.
Just a point that the inside actually isn’t lined – it’s just raw leather that’s been treated with some type of paint. The red treatment was done very nicely however, and felt very smooth. I can imagine that if you spilled something inside, you could just wipe it clean easily with a damp cloth.
A quick look at what fits inside. Even though the bag is called a “mini” bucket, I didn’t find it very miniature at all. I’d definitely compare it more to a standard size handbag. You could also easily add a water bottle.
And, some photos of the bag on. First as a shoulder bag (I had the strap set on almost the shortest length here). I’d imagine the bag would work for a variety of heights as a shoulder.
And then how I’d most likely be wearing the bag, as a crossbody. I lengthened the strap here to almost its longest point, so I can see this maybe being too short to wear crossbody style for tall ladies.
I had some requests for outfit identification. My shoes are older season Saint Laurent (I love, love these Louboutin blush versions though), but my dress is still available for $18 right now at Old Navy!
Overall? I think that the mini bucket is a great bag option for anybody looking for a classic and versatile black bag for under $500. Some thoughts:
The bag is super light weight, perfect for when you’re running around all day. It has an adjustable strap to wear multiple ways, looks great, and I love the surprise of the red lining. It’s a great price point at under $500, especially when you’re looking at what designer bags are going for these days!
The bag isn’t very secure – even cinched at its tightest, you can still slip a hand in, which you should keep in mind if you’re planning on using this as a tourist bag in pickpocket areas, or if you’re worried about stuff falling out. Also, the smaller mini size is only $30 less than the large bucket size – why doesn’t it come with a pouch, too?
This bag is still hard to find, but I’d recommend stalking these links accordingly.
Large (original) size bucket bag – more stock coming soon, so add to your wishlist
Mini bucket bag (the one I reviewed above) – more stock coming soon, so add to your wishlist.
Mansur at Bergdorf Goodman – they update inventory real time, so pop back frequently! Sometimes there are nice surprises and they also have an array of colors, sizes, and styles.