I purchased The Pearl on April 5th. I got it in the black nappa leather (soft leather – as opposed to the saffiano leather, a harder leather) with camel interior (other option is lilac) and gold hardware (instead of silver).
Pros for exterior
+ The Nappa leather is really soft and thick.
+ The zippers don’t get caught and are sturdy.
+ The logo isn’t overpowering.
+ The strap is convertible and has 3 lengths.. crossbody, shoulder, and wristlet.
+ Three snaps across the open middle area ensure that nothing falls out.
Cons for exterior
– While the video shows that an iPad Mini can fit, it only fits when you do NOT have a case on it.
Pros for interior
+ The interior lining is thick and sewn well.
+ The interior pockets keep me organized!
+ The hummingbird print is cute but not distracting.
+ Cell phone fits perfectly in the larger interior pocket and slides in and out easily.
+ The pen slot is perfect for exactly that – no more digging.
+ Three lipsticks (or round, lipstick sized items) can fit in the interior pocket.
+ The keystrap is long enough for me to keep my keys attached while I open the door.
Cons for interior
– Where the cell phone is supposed to go (as seen in the video on the Lo & Sons website), my phone – a Samsung Galaxy S6 – does NOT fit unless I take the case off. My phone with case only fits where the passport is supposed to go.
I REALLY appreciate the color combinations and options. I am very much a gold person rather than a silver person, and often times I find jackets or purses I like but with silver hardware, and I am instantly turned off (yes, I am that detail oriented).
I’m sad that my iPad mini does not fit in the purse with it’s case on. I need my case so that I can stand my iPad up when I watch YouTube or Netflix, so this is probably the most inconvenient aspect for me. Maybe I just need to buy a thinner case, but I really like the one I have because of the color and snap closure.
The 4 interior pockets really help keep me organized. No digging for my cell phone, pen, or lipstick – which are probably the 3 things I dig for the most. As far as the exterior zipper compartments, I’m so happy my full size Kate Spade wallet fits. I put it inside one of the exterior zipper compartments which is great easy access when I am commuting nd need to take my wallet out to tag my Clipper Card. (Sidenote: I even fit my left over breakfast burrito in the exterior zipper pocket…don’t judge).
Where the passport is theoretically supposed to go is where my cell phone fits. Without the case on my cell phone, it fits in the smaller interior pocket. This isn’t THAT big of a deal as I can easily rearrange items when traveling. I would probably put my passport in one of the zipper closures just so it’s extra safe – although the 3 snap closures work absolutely great. I didn’t realize it had 3 snap closures and i was actually worried about the open center part because I am paranoid, so I was really happy to see it when I opened the box!
I love the pen pocket. Such a small part, I know, but I love that it fits one pen and stands it up right there – no more digging in your purse to find it at the bottom. They key strap is also nice and long. I’m able to open my home door with my keys still attached.
Lastly, this piece is really versatile fashion wise and I absolutely love that. It goes well with jeans and sneakers if I am running errands (most likely to adjust the strap to the crossbody length), it looks super cute when I’m in the middle in a dress with sneakers (this is when I would adjust the strap to the shoulder length), and would work great for a night out with your girlfriends (at the wristlet length).
Overall score for the The Pearl by Lo & Sons: 9 out of 10
Number of exterior organizational pockets: 2
Number of interior organizational pockets: 4
Great for: Shopping, traveling, touring
Retail price: $248.00 – But on sale right now for $173.60!
Is it worth the money? Yes. Definitely. Absolutely.
I had been wanting this purse for a long time, and I’m glad I finally bit the bullet and got it! I love the sleek outer look but super functional interior. I can stay organized and still look cute. What’s even better is that it’s on sale right now for Mother’s Day! You can find it here. And no, I am not being paid to promote this product. I absolutely love it and happened to be writing my post when I discovered it was on sale!
Have you purchased The Pearl by Lo & Sons? What do you think?
Were you thinking about buying it? Are you swayed to do so or not to do so now?