Dooney and Bourke Back-to-School (1)

[Editor's Note: Everyone welcome our new intern Katherine!]

With summer slowly coming to a close (tear, tear) I am glad to say I fulfilled one of my biggest tasks of the summer season: finding the perfect back-to-school bag. This semester, my bag of choice is the Dooney & Bourke Large Zipper Pocket Sac.

As a commuter student in the city who has a part-time job in addition to interning here at the fabulous PurseBlog headquarters, you would be surprised at all that I can fit in my bag. With my books for class, my Audrey Hepburn planner, my Macbook, Kindle, and occasionally a packed lunch, I need a purse that is, well, practical. Of course, I also didn’t want to sacrifice the key things I look for when I buy a bag: it must be fashionable and it mustn’t break the bank.

While I normally buy a bag at the beginning of every semester (hey, it’s a great excuse to buy!), I wanted to broaden my horizons and buy a bag from a designer I didn’t yet own. While doing what I do best at the Woodbury Commons outlets, at the last store in my endeavor, I came across my new Dooney bag at the very reasonable price of $171!

The Pocket Sac comes in three colors (black, brown and saddle) and has two large pockets in the front. For any commuter out there they will understand when I say pockets, especially big pockets, are a girl’s best friend. These pockets are ideal for your metrocard, phone, keys, wallet – basically anything you may need at easy access. The strap drop is adjustable, and the gold accents, buckles and the braided leather zipper strap gives this must-have the perfect combination of chic and sophistication. The inside is just as great – it opens nice and wide and has a inside zipper pocket as well.

As for me, I chose to buy the brown color and I am very pleased. Today is my first day at PurseBlog and back at classes, and I managed to fit everything in my Dooney with ease. Try your luck at a Dooney and Bourke outlet store to pick up this amazing find, or shop similar Dooney and Bourke handbags via Macys.com.

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  • Leah

    Welcome Katherine :) My boss has this bag in red and blue (from a couple of seasons ago), and she absolutely loves ‘em!

    • Katherine Callaghan

      It’s fabulous, isn’t it. Now that I am in my second week of school, I can say hands down this is the best bag I’ve bought for school!

  • Ruthie

    Thanks for advice! I,too, have a hectic schedule. I’ll
    Be sure to consider this bag in my next purchase. Thank you.

    • Katherine Callaghan

      Glad I can be of service! Believe me, I completely understand the importance of a great bag and a hectic schedule, andI highly recommend this bag!

  • Mike

    Thank you, I have been looking for the perfect gift for my neice who went back to school. It has to be both practical and fashionable. You have given me a great idea, you will make me the cool Uncle. Thanks

    • Katherine Callaghan

      Anytime! Everyone needs a cool Uncle in the family. Glad to help!

  • Ashleyg

    That bag looks good on you Katherine- you’re adorable! Welcome!!!

    • Katherine Callaghan

      Aw, thank you!

  • Melissa

    Great Bag! I have it in the saddle color and I always get compliments! Looking forward to more of your posts!!!!

    • Katherine Callaghan

      Isn’t it fabulous?! I love it! =]

  • PhotoGirl

    Welcome! It’s very nice to read about a reasonably priced handbag and a fashion intern with a down-to-earth, normal life. I have a smaller version of that bag and I love it. I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing. (Just spy on Amanda and follow her lead;I’d read a grocery list if she wrote it. :) ) Good luck to you!

    • Katherine Callaghan

      Aw, thank you! =] Stay tuned, I will have more posts coming soon!

  • FashionableLena

    I own this bag in the medium, and I love it. Dooney has great quality leather and workmanship and doesn’t get nearly enough love.

  • MAF

    Great review by a wonderful writer. We will check it out Thank you

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