To say that the Ralph Lauren Crossbody Bags Replica was inspired by the Prada Saffiano Tote would be an understatement. But I don't fault LRL for bandwagoning this trend, there's serious demand out there for a bag of this design.
I also thought there's an uninspired quality to the bag, which is a minority opinion as the bag appears almost universally loved if online reviews can be trusted. The textured leather of the trendy Ralph Lauren Crossbody Bags is palpably thinner and more pliant than the leather used to construct similarly priced Michael Kors Selma Satchels.
The workmanship is, imo, amateurish, at least concerning the one pictured here. Some stitches started to unravel when I took the bag out of its packaging. The size may be slightly daunting for those who prefer lighter and more compact handbags. The size reviewed here measures 15 inches wide, 11 inches tall, and about 7 inches deep. The handheld straps have a 6-inch drop, and the detachable/adjustable shoulder strap has an 18-in drop.
It is fairly heavy at close to 3 pounds empty. I am somewhat used to lugging heavy bags around but if I had kept this for personal use, I would not last an hour running errands carrying something of this weight and size. The bag does come with a feature that I personally consider indispensable: protective metal feet.
I ordered this bag as a potential gift for a friend but ultimately chose something else. The gift recipient is much smaller than me and I didn't think the weight of the bag was conducive to long-term orthopedic health.
The satchel comes in a smaller size: the Ralph Lauren Crossbody Bags, which is 12" in width, 9" in height, and 5" in depth. Buy in vanilla, tan, red, navy or black.