Review: Tory Burch Robinson Open-Top Dome Satchel

August 20, 2014

The Robinson Dome Satchel is one of the more enduring styles in Tory Burch's repertoire and I would be remiss if I did not explore it as a potential summer handbag option.

I chose to return this bag for number of major reasons; ultimately, it was just a poor fit for me but perhaps one of you will find it an attractive choice.

Saffiano leather and its imitators have flooded the market in recent years and I've become more discriminating about this type of leather. For a mid-500 dollar bag, I thought the leather was merely comparable to that of similar styles in the 300-dollar range (Michael Kors prices seem almost reasonable in comparison). The Tory Burch name does carry a premium but I am unsure that it's worth $200 to me.
The interior is lined in pretty logo fabric and has useful pockets, both zip and open (standard fare). There are three major compartments, the middle of which is zippered.

The hardware on Tory Burch handbags doesn't look cheap to me and seems to age well (the Daria satchel which I own and wear often still has polished hardware despite rough handling and no care).
The bag in large measures 11" tall, 14" wide, and 6" deep and weighs about two pounds empty which appears reasonable; it neither adds to nor detracts from its general attractiveness.

What I found most unappealing about the bag is the long strap. Pictured below is the strap at its shortest configuration. This long strap is designed almost as an afterthought; it hooks to the fastener of the handheld straps and is not engineered to distribute evenly the weight of the bag.

The bag just felt cumbersome when worn as a crossbody.
I do find the dome shape a nice departure from more rectangular silhouettes that dominate my bag collection and think the Mini might be a more suitable choice for me and will likely order it in the future.

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