Review: Coach Madison Small Kelsey Satchel in Leather

February 11, 2014

Coach's brand revamp (don't click at work; mainpage has sound) has been an interesting one to behold; its move away from logo-laden accessories is a welcome aesthetic (despite their heftier price tags) for those of us snobs who sneer at conspicuous branding (ok, I realize this is highly hypocritical coming from someone who recently purchased this bag).

I entertained the idea of a gray bag some time ago and ordered the Coach Madison Kelsey Satchel to try out.
Madison Small Kelsey Satchel | Prada Saffiano Lux Tote
The Madison Kelsey Satchel in "small" featured in this post measures 13 inches in height, 9 inches in width, and about 3 inches in depth (at the base) which I find to be a versatile size; it's not large enough to be imposing on smaller frames but not so small that it's reserved for a night on the town.

The interior features solid satin lining, two slip pockets on one of the walls, and a zippered compartment on the other.
The hardware is light gold in color and not overly shiny and the engravings and other branding kept to a modest amount.

However, for those who prefer bags covered in Coach's mark, this bag is also available in the well-known print.
The bag is somewhat lightweight for its size--maybe the result of softer leather--at a little over a pound.

The bag comes with a long strap--about 21.5" in length--for added convenience but the length is fixed which could pose a problem for those with a longer or shorter torso. On 5'2 me, the bag works well as a crossbody but slung too low as a shoulder strap.

I also want to note that the short handles can be fully folded down (a feature you'd think would be wider spread but alas isn't) which is a plus in my eyes.
I did not decide to keep this bag for a number of reasons; most significant of which is the fact that this bag, while functional and more than sufficient, is just average in my eyes. I see it being a solid choice for others, just not for me.

I am still interested in a few similar styles, like the Madison Christie Carryall (a Prada Saffiano Tote lookalike) and Bleecker Mini Riley Carryall.

Next up, the Lauren Ralph Lauren Newbury Double Zip Satchel and a closer look at the Cambridge Satchel (which I've grown to love and wear constantly).

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  1. Great review!

  2. Thanks for the review, Elle! I agree - Coach has stepped up their game recently and I am in love with so many of their bags. I've been eyeing the Borough for the longest time but couldn't bring myself to shell out that much for a Coach bag. It's lovely in person. Have a great day!

    1. Ahh, I was just about to ask for your opinions on the Borough (if you've seen it in person). Sydney or Elle, can you tell me more about the leather? I *really* like the colorblock mini Borough.

    2. I don't think I've seen the colorblock one in person but the Borough in pebbled leather is fairly decent quality. The leather is scratch resistant if a little stiff at first (I suspect it'll soften with use). :)

  3. There are so many similar styles of the Prada Saffiano Tote with a much lower price tag, do you feel that it is still worth while to get the Prada?

    1. The answer would depend on much value you place on the Prada name. The Prada Saffiano Tote was never "worth" the 2k price tag (neither do most designer items) but I evaluated the purchase on the basis of its holistic value to me (which include brand appeal, the secondary market price, popularity, etc.)

      The short answer is yes, I still think the Prada Saffiano Tote is a worthwhile purchase despite the plethora of similar options out there. It does dilute its appeal slightly but I continue to wear it and derive a lot of utils from it. :)

  4. How do you like Bleecker Mini Riley do you think its really small? I think I would have to go see it in person, its look like a well designed bag.

    1. I think it's cute! But it is fairly small (somewhere between the mini and medium Michael Kors Selma messengers in size). You'll have to let me know what you think once you've seen it in person. :)

  5. Will do, thank you for responding! :)

  6. Hi! Kind of unrelated, but where is this dress from!? I love it!


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