This is it guys, this is IT! And by IT I mean this is Mansur Gavriel's IT-bag, or at least the IT-Lady Bag. And I should know because I'm the Goldilocks of Mansur Gavriel Lady Bags. First I tried the regular lady bag in calf-skin (review here), then the large lady bag in veg-tanned leather (review here), and finally the regular lady bag in veg-tanned leather (review here). Today I have the mini lady bag in brandy veg-tanned leather (avion blue interior) and it's my favorite by far.
The above pictures show the the size difference between the regular and mini lady bags. The mini lady bag measures: 9"H x 10.5"L x 3.5" depth while the regular lady bag measures 11"H x 12.5"L x 4.5" depth. So it's about 2 inches shorter both in height in length but only 1 inch less deep. So it can't hold a 13" laptop but it can hold a full-size ipad with case. The mini lady bag works best as a day to day bag to hold all your essentials but might be too small to be a work bag.
Inside my bag in the top pic: My old Ipad in a Dodo case (I love these cases, even though they can make the ipad a bit heavy to carry), makeup case, wallet, phone, and sunglass case. So not a whole lot of stuff but all the essentials and then some.
Another difference between the mini and the regular lady bag is the drop of the top handle. The mini lady bag has a 5" drop while the regular has a 7" so that means for the mini lady bag, I can't get the strap around my arm if I wanted to carry it tucked under my armpit (which I sometimes did with the regular lady bag). But I think the 5" handle drop is a good proportion for the mini.
Also the drawstring closure on the mini is a lot stiffer than the closure on my regular bag. So the drawstring stays cinched and secure (but to be fair it might be because I've overloaded the regular lady bag in the past and it might have worn out the closure). But this helps my mini bag to stay closed and secure, which wasn't always the case with the regular lady bag (thus my need to carry it under my armpit, especially in crowds).
Anyways I can tell this is going to be my favorite bag in the next few months! If you want to get your own mini lady bag nab one at the Mansur Gavriel restock this month [edit: it's going to be on March 29th]! And in the meantime here are my other Mansur Gavriel reviews!
P.S. If you read my last review on the Everlane Modern Ankle Boots and Street Ankle Boots, I had mentioned I returned both because I already have a pair of black ankle boots from rag & bone (and I'm wearing these in the pics above). If Everlane makes the Modern Ankle Boots in a different color, I'm pretty certain now that I'll get those. I mean the styling is so different right??
P.P.S and this is for reader Svy showing a 13" macbook and the mini lady bag: