to shop / black leather duffle bag review (madewell vs clare vivier)

Image source: Madewell, Outnet

I purchased and returned these very similar black leather duffle bags: the Madewell et sézane® nola satchel (left, limited edition and on final sale for $209.99) and Clare Vivier Duffle Grand (right, 50% off for $294.20). I’ve been looking for a satchel to tote around that is large enough for travel (not as the sole bag) and occasional everyday use. They are both very similar in shape, size (give and take an inch variance in each dimension despite the photos) and in color, but that’s about it.

  • Leather – Madewell’s is much thicker and substantial. CV’s is too thin and that includes the leather strap. The zipper puckers a little when it’s zipped up. I doubt the strap would hold with heavy use. For a bag like this, I’m looking for durability.
  • Shoulder strap – Madewell’s can be adjusted. CV’s is fixed and I think it feels a bit short.
  • Top handle drop – Madewell’s is an inch longer, which means it can fit under your shoulder.
  • Price – Retail of $299.99 vs $658.

My pick? Madewell. I’d returned the Madewell because I didn’t want to pay retail. Now, Madewell really needs to a % off sale code!

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