When it comes to the world of designer handbags, most of us have, as they say, been around the block. Like-minded collectors that have been immersed in the designer bag world for years can be a bit jaded, and working in the industry allows me to express a similar sentiment. It’s almost as if we’ve “been there, seen that,” and when it comes to new releases, it’s tough to wow a seasoned shopper. So when a bag forces me to do a double-take, I take notice, and that’s exactly what happened one-day last month when I was doing my nightly, hate-to-admit-that-I’m-addicted-and-can’t-stop-won’t-stop scroll through TikTok.

A user was debuting her brand new Saint Laurent Kate shoulder brand, which doesn’t sound all that groundbreaking, right?

Wrong.

Suddenly the user turned the bag inside out, revealing that its interior was also meant to act as the bag’s exterior. Saint Laurent’s, typically structured, Kate Flap bag appeared in a softer silhouette, meant to be worn right side out, in suede, or inside out, in leather, complete with an iconic gold YSL logo on both sides. Cool, right?!

Not so fast.

The Pros

While the idea of a reversible handbag isn’t anything all that new, a reversible chain shoulder bag is pretty innovative. This bag, in fact, features a gold chain that’s removable so that the strap can be adjusted to whichever way you want to wear the bag. Because the chain is removable, the bag can also be worn as a clutch. Essentially, there are four ways to wear this bag, which is a huge plus! Additionally, suede is notoriously tricky to handle and care for, so being able to turn the bag inside out, especially on a whim if the weather gets bad, is another big plus.

The Cons

The aforementioned big plus is also a tremendous con. Suede not only only stains and scratches easily and can be ruined with water, but it also holds onto dust and crumbs. There’s a reason why handbag lovers have a love/hate relationship with this luxe material, and while the exterior of your handbag receives plenty of wear and tear, so does your interior, which holds cosmetics, pens, crumpled reciepts, gum, mints and more.

While I take good care of my bags and baby them a fair bit, the interior is anohter story, that is a whole other level of babying and not one I’d want to worry about. Personally, I would never want to turn my bag inside out regularly, and I find the idea of a reversible bag to be not only impractile, but also a bit gimmicky dare I say. While the idea of a multi-purpose bag is a good one in theory, it’s an idea I personally do not love.

So would you buy a reversible handbag? Have you ever?

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Charlotte
Charlotte
1 month ago

Yes, I think I would buy a bag with multiple uses. For me, it’s like getting 4 bags for the price of one. Also, the interior of my bags are just as clean as the exterior. I keep everything in my bag organizer and I don’t carry a pen after my Bic fiasco, years ago.

Gayle
Gayle
1 month ago
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Same here. That is my number 1 rule: no pens allowed in the bag. Had pen marks on the exterior part of 1 bag luckily it was a cheap one and not on my designer bags. I have read that ink stains never gets off no matter how you clean it. I dont chew on gum so thats not a problem for me. Ive been buying organizers lately in etsy too.

ILP
ILP
1 month ago

With a bag, the leather/material on the outside needs to be a bit bigger than the lining so I don’t imagine, it would reverse well. (Think about when you fold up a towel – the portion that goes on the inside gets bunched.) Now what I would like to see is more convertible bags like belt bags with removable belt and an extra crossbody strap or a camera bag that comes with both a chain strap and a leather strap.

fashionablelena
fashionablelena
1 month ago

Not interested. I’ve owned a reversible bag, and I didn’t like it. I ended up keeping it on the one side because the reverse did not wear well.

Minga1010
Minga1010
1 month ago

I’m all for versatility, but how on EARTH will anyone keep the bag from looking raggedly? Especially suede? And the hardware on the interior getting all scuffed? I guess if you always have a bag organizer or you put all your stuff in pouches. But just one time of throwing in the keys without a pouch or organizer because you’re on the run … welcome to scratch city. That actually makes it less versatile IMO if I have so many restrictions on what and how I put things in the bag.

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