Review: Coach City Tote vs. MICHAEL by Michael Kors Saffiano Medium Travel ToteMay 07, 2013
My search for a spring/summer bag continues with this episode about travel totes in saffiano leather. I ordered these two bags after reading raving reviews about them online.
While I wasn't dazzled by either bag in person, these bags are priced reasonably and seem durable. They have classic lines, vibrant colors, and no egregious workmanship issues (in stark contrast to some higher-end designer bags often 10x their price with visible manufacturing defects).
|Michael Kors Saffiano Medium Travel Tote | Coach City Tote in Saffiano Leather|
There is minimal compartmentalization built into these bags but you can always insert your own handbag organizer.
While both totes bear similar shape and size to the ubiquitous LV Neverfull (link leads to LV's website where there are sounds and animations), I like that they are not made in monogram material and the brand logos are small enough to the point of incomprehension. And while I wasn't a fan of the hanging charms, those are removable thus inconsequential.
The saffiano leathers used to construct both bags are similar in look and texture. From reading reviews online, I got the impression that a gentle wipe down with cloth or tissue after use is all that's required to maintain the bag's appearance (at least initially).
Both styles can be found in a rainbow of colors (as seen below). Speaking of colors, I was told that the Michael Kors Selma Satchel reviewed in this post is not available in navy this season. I may just hold out for new colors to be released this fall.
Both bags in medium weigh about 2 pounds empty but given their size (MK: 14" W x 11" H x 5" D ; Coach: 13 3/4" L x 10 3/4" x 5 1/2" W), weight can collect quickly. For those of you turned off by heavy bags, stick to the Longchamp Le Pliage, which is featherlight in comparison and foldable.
As I am currently steering away from tote bags and since neither bag blew me away with their brilliance, they were both returned. However, with the exception of a few minor issues mentioned above, the bags are more than adequate if you happened to be in the market for something similar.
If you own either of these bags, please share your thoughts in the comments below.