*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.