This had me thinking. Although my collection is relatively modest compared to some, all of the handbags in my possession have a purpose in my eyes. Some are bold and colourful, some are more classy for events, some are huge bottomless pits that are strictly grab and go and some are just collection dust at the back of my closet (we all have those, don't lie).
When I first sat down to think about it my mind was stuck on my big Longchamp Le Pliage tote - it holds a lot, it's great in any climate and it is probably my most worn bag. Although Le Pliage totes have a ton of redeeming qualities, it isn't appropriate for all settings. It's super casual and if I were to attend any events or meetings I would be screwed.
Then a light bulb went off - my 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli!! Of course! How dare I forget?
This bag has it all. I decided to go for the medium size in black when purchasing it because I figured it would go with everything, and I was right. The leather is extremely durable and I don't have to worry about wearing it in the rain. It has two top handles as well as a long removable strap so it can be worn many different ways. My favourite part about the bag is how you can unzip the front and let the gussets fall open, giving it an entirely different look. I love how it has some structure but it's not too structured or stiff; I adore how versatile it is and I truly think that it's the pièce de résistance to any look.
I have had this bag in my collection for over a year now and I fall more and more in love with it every day. It's basically a big black hole and I am able to fit everything that I need and (a lot) more. (Click here to see a What's In My Bag that I did with this bag a few months ago)
There are only two negative things that I have to say about the Pashli. Number one it. is. HEAVY. The leather is extremely durable and pretty thick so it adds a lot of weight to this bag. Number two is the hardware at the front of the bag. It isn't the easiest thing to open and close (especially when you're in a rush) and the front buckle scratches REALLY easily. My Pashli is in great shape everywhere else but the front clasp is scratched to hell. There's really no way that you can stop this from happening unless you never actually close your bag, which would be ridiculous.
Nothing in this world is perfect but I would still 100% recommend this bag to anyone looking to buy a more affordable designer bag. I have had my eye on the mini version of it as well and I'm hoping to at that to my collection sometime in the future.