Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Prettifying the Planet Review - Modalu "Pippa", Medium Grab in Shark

*Note: This likely goes without saying, given that I am not the lost Middleton sister, but this is in no way a sponsored or solicited review.*

It's not that I'm shallow and materialistic - it's that I am but would prefer you didn't know that. Hence, I often hesitate to show off new purchases here, but I've received so many inquiries about my sparkly new Modalu "Pippa" Grab medium bag in "shark" color (only available in other, yet gorgeous colors on Modalu as of this writing) that I'm reviewing it here.

Yes, yes - I'm purchasing and reviewing handbags for the public good. It's a trying life, but somebody has to, right? Let's pause & take a moment to appreciate my dedication to service.

Anywhoodle, my overall Pippa impression is a very happy one. In my old age, I've grown comfortable with certain truths about myself; I generally prefer sturdy, ladylike, structured handbags, and if they've been seen on the arm of Royal adjacents like a Middleton sister, so much the better. This mom was ohsoverytired of toting around a diaper bag and in search of something both Prettier yet functional for my everyday, SAHM life. This bag wins on all those counts.

The "shark" color is perfection in person - part lavender, part grey, it is a fantastic fall neutral. I like the exposed, contrasting zipper details as well, which give an otherwise traditional bag a bit of an edge. The leather is of good quality and, so far, doesn't appear to be the type that is easily scratched.

Here it is without the shoulder strap, the style I'll use when not also toting my tot around...


... and here it is with the toddler-friendly strap. My only, minor quibble is that I can find no dedicated strap attachment thingies, hence I've tethered it to the handle strap here (Edited to Add: I double-checked with Modalu about whether my bag was missing strap attachments; they promptly responded, saying that on this model the straps just attach diagonally to the handles as pictured. I've seen the later "oak croc" model in person that did have internal attachments connected to the middle pocket, so perhaps this is a recent modification.). Note that not all Pippa Grab models appear to come with a shoulder strap, so I'd double check that if that's a feature you also require:


The lining is a complementary lavender/grey in a shell motif, which is lovely if also likely to be polka-dotted orange by floating Goldfish in this mom's bag:


Fellow Type A Minusers, prepare to get excited - the inner organization of the bag is just as lovely as the outside. Three separately zippered pockets provide a surprising amount of storage space:


Here's the dedicated Master P middle pocket, which has plenty of room for diapers, wipes, and snacks aplenty. It remains to be seen whether I cry upon the first, inevitable in-bag sippycup spill:


For those of us unable to leave the house without our smartphones and tablets, there's also plenty of technology storage space. One of the three main storage compartments has a dedicated phone pocket that perfectly fits my iPhone 4, and there's room to spare for the iPad:




Modalu has made some Pippa modifications since we all spotted that original on Ms. Middleton, all positive tweaks to this reviewer's eye. They've added little feet for the bag's bottom:


I also notice more of the "shell" motif bag tabs, like these:


For those interested in ordering, my experience ordering from Modalu's site went smoothly, with one hiccup: I ordered in early June and was promised a November delivery. I actually received a prior Pippa in September, but the nameplate was scratched, so back to merry old England it went. Three weeks later I received this flawless replacement. Customer service was courteous & prompt to respond to my request for a replacement, though ideally I'd like more communication about when items ship.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of the bag - shameful "Hello" magazine pseudo-celeb connection aside - is that it is such a good value (cue pricey handbag justification). This is the price point (approximately $266 US Dollars + $25 US shipping) and quality of craftsmanship that I used to seek out from Coach in my splurge, "investment" bags. I can't speak for other Modalu products, this being my first purchase from them, but if the quality of this bag is any indication, I don't know of another accessories maker putting out products this good in this price range.

For another, excellent Pippa Grab review, please see one of my other favorite bloggers, Ms. Sparrows and Sparkle, here. If you have any further Pippa questions or comments regarding my excessively good taste, please leave me some comment love.

16 comments:

The Shabby Princess said...

Gah. I'm gettin' all misty eyed! Ha! You know I hunted all over London for that bag, but, sadly, no dice. I suspect it is going on my birthday/Christmas list. It's lovely. Thank you for purchasing and reviewing it--taking one for the team. Much appreciated.

TUWABVB said...

I love yours just as much as I love mine! I picked the croc pattern because I destroyed another bag with a huge scratch mere hours after purchase...now that I see you think it's rather scratch-resistant, I'm sad. :(

Anyway, the hooks for the strap are behind the flap for the middle zippered pockets on opposite sides. Let me know if you can't find them!

BeeBeeZfa said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I love the color and structure. I am jealous! Enjoy.

Tippy said...

I really love the look of this bag - I put it on my pinterest board a few months ago. So I really appreciate your review. I just don't know if I like the idea of 3 separate storage areas in the bag. I'm typically a "throw it all in" type of girl and I never can remember in pocketed bags which pocket I've put my wallet vs. my sunglasses vs. my phone. So after reading your review, I might be less inclined to buy it. I really do love the color you chose. I love the clean lines of this bag but it doesn't look stuffy to me. Good choice.

I couldn't help but smile when I saw the little whale snack bag in the Master P section of your bag. I'm so glad you use it. xo

Lilly said...

I have had this bag on my wish list - so helpful to see a real review. I l know you will rock it!

Miriam said...

the bag is excellent.. very good and helpful review, thanks a lot! keep up the good work :)

sparrowsandsparkles said...

Lovely review and thank you for the mention! Sadly, my original Bristol/Pippa was one of those which developed a change in color due to an issue at the tannery. Customer service was amazingly prompt in replying, courteous and helpful and my new bag is due to arrive soon. I hope it has the feet! :) xx

CBB said...

I covet this bag! It's on my Christmas list if I can decide on which one. It's such a classic style that you can truly use for years.

Natalie said...

This bag is beautiful! When you think about the quality you are getting for the money, this is a better deal that a lot of purses out there. Especially Coach. Enjoy your new bag!

ALEJANDRA said...

I ordered mine today. It was back in stock today @ 8 am and it was sold out by 1 :S I'm so glad I'm an early bird. Thanks for the review, i think I read your previous review showing the "damaged" bag and that made me somewhat hesitant, hopefully mine comes in good conditions. I hate dealing with returns :D

-Alejandra
http://www.alessandragonzalez.com

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

Gorgeous new addition! I'm not much of a bag gal lately, since they just seem to end up full of a bunch of junk :( Holding out for a serious statement bag once I'm out of the days of toting sippys and goldfish!

luckymirai said...

Thank you for your honest and wonderful review about this bag. I am very happy to say that I will be one of the proud owners of this bag too.I ordered it the other day and it was SOLD OUT after an hour.Wow ! Such a popular bag indeed ^^. Now all I can do is to wait for my Pippa and hopefully it will arrive soon here in Japan. I'm so excited ! Just like you I am a stay at home mum as well and everyday I always bring lots of toddler stuffs so I think this will be my new bag to carry. xx

Bombtastic Belle said...

I'm on the hunt as well for a purse that can double as a "diaper bag" type situtaion - I miss purses more than anything! I may look into getting this one :)

Christina said...

Loooove the bag!!!! It's perfect.

Maura said...

After being on the notification list for the "Pippa" in Toffee for about a month I finally was able to order it! I recently received it in the mail and it was perfect in every way..EXCEPT they put the Modalu London nameplate on upside down!! Seriously?!! So, I have emailed customer service but have yet to hear back from them..Does anyone know if the bag is faulty, does Modalu pay for shipping? The shipping for US is expensive!! I am hoping they will contact me soon so I can get my reference number and get my perfect Pippa in a few weeks.

Maura said...

Ok..so finally got confirmation from Modalu that they will pay for the shipping costs:) cant wait for a Pippa-hopefully in perfect condition this time!!

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