Mansur Gavriel Review: The Mini Mini Lady Bag

As I said before, I’m the Goldilocks of Mansur Gavriel Lady Bags. I started with the large (reviewed here, and no longer produced), then the regular (reviewed here), and then the mini (reviewed here). Well it’s been some time since I’ve purchased and reviewed an MG bag, but when I saw a friend carrying the mini mini Lady Bag I really wanted to try it out for myself. And luckily I found one on the RealReal where I had some leftover credit. Yay for buying used! And I especially love buying a used veg-tanned Cammello leather bag because it already has the patina of a loved bag. Of course there’s some scratches and marks on the bag but I love using my favorite leather milk to condition and revitalize the leather (and it’s especially fun to condition a bag when it’s already old and worn looking).

Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Lady Bag Review

{Wearing: Only Child Alta top in black raw silk (reviewed here), Elizabeth Suzann Harlow Dress in silk (reviewed here), Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Lady Bag, Martiniano Glove Shoes (reviewed here)}

So what do I think of the bag? I have to admit, I’m not sure I love it. The mini mini lady bag is quite small at 7" X 8.5" X 3.25" (for reference the mini lady bag is 9" x 10.5" x 3.5"), so it just fits my essentials (wallet, sunglasses, keys and phone). But since it’s so small, when I go to find my keys, I have to take at least one thing out to find the small stuff at the bottom. There’s not enough room to shuffle things out of the way to reach the bottom. Also the short handle strap is so small that it barely fits over my wrist. Sometimes I like to carry bags on my forearm, and that’s not really possible with this bag.

Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Lady Bag Review

{Wearing in photo above Everlane denim chore jacket (c/o, review coming soon), Only Child Alta top in black raw silk (reviewed here), Linenfox wide linen pants (review coming soon), Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Lady Bag, Everlane Boss Mules (reviewed here)}

However on the plus side, the mini mini works really well as a compact crossbody, and it doesn’t feel as awkward to carry it across my body as the larger lady bags. Also since it’s so small, there’s no chance of weighing the bag down with too much stuff. And it looks super cute. This would be a great casual going out bag!

I think I might have liked this bag more pre-baby. But as the baby gets older, I’m going to need to carry more and more things (snacks, toys, etc.) and I might not always want to carry a separate diaper bag. In those cases this bag is not a good fit. I also have similar feelings for my Celine nano belt bag, which used to be a favorite but I’m finding a bit too small these days. I do however like that I can hang both of these bags on the stroller by the top handle, and it’s easy to reach the compartments inside (just lift the flap). I find when I hang bags with two handle straps like the Everlane day tote mini or the Celine Soft Cube bag, I have to unhook one handle strap to be able to get to the inside of the bag.

how I really carry this bag most days

how I really carry this bag most days

 

Anyway I plan to keep this bag for a bit because despite some inconveniences I think it’s so cute! And since I’m trying to be mindful of the bags I accumulate, I’m doing a one-in-one-out policy and am selling the PB 0110 bag (reviewed here).