However, I have been eyeing flap top satchels lately ... Zippers can be a pain to close when you're the go. Unfortunately, the pickings of bags that meet my other criteria are few; a satchel that is well-made and built to last with:
- Rolled handles - they don't cut into the hand
- Embossed leather that's lightweight - hence my preference for patent leather
- Protective feet
- A structured shape - it looks more polished and professional
- At least three internal pockets so I can quickly grab and return items I often use when I'm on the go - internal pockets are also often lighter than external pockets
I decided to rework the bag I had into the bag that I've been craving ... It now had 99% of the features that I preferred. I had been toying with the idea of just adding a flap ... In addition to the Yolande bag, I also owned (but never carried) Furla's croc Giselle bag. Both bags had the identical rich black patent, texture and quality. I could just add a flap using the Giselle.
It took some time to finish this project (I was hand sewing leather after all), but I like the results. See the pictures below.
|Yolande bag reworked with a flap|
|I reused the magnetic snaps from the Giselle bag|
|Final step - I re-purposed a rarely-worn bracelet - channeling Coco Chanel|