B. Makowsky Cynthia Glove Leather Convertible Messenger Bag
Nice for travel, but no structure
I purchased this bag several weeks ago before making a trip. I purchased mainly to have a roomy organized bag to carry on the plane and in the City while playing the tourist. Like all B Mak bags I own, the leather is wonderful. I carry an array of nice bags, from D&B, to Coach to Cole Haan. They're all nice, but none of them boast the wonderful soft leather of my B Mak bags. The bag is well organized without being too large, or too small, and the cross body is great. You can put a lot in this bag. However, I have to agree with others that the lack of structure creates a sloppy look, and can be difficult to manage. If too many items are in the bag, the magnetic closure doesn't work correctly. Overall, I give it an average rating. If you're careful to economize contents, the bag functions well and looks great. If you need to squeeze a bit more in, it tends to look sloppy and won't close.
I love the glove leather on this bag. I bought the Dove color and it is totally worth 3x the price. I ordered it when it was a lunchtime special with easy-pay. Saving almost a hundred dollars and easy-pay, it was a win-win!! I have a B Bag from years ago and I still get compliments on it and where did you get that bag. Then started on the Coach, Brahmin, and D&B faze. Nothing compares to the "real" luxury bags of B. Mak. I have come full circle and I am at home again with the best bag---B. Makowsky.
Best Large Bag!
I typically carry small -medium bags. Wanted a large one this was perfect. After trying 3 others this was the keeper. Leather is great, vanilla is beautiful. I carry as shoulder bag daily, but love I can carry as cross body while shopping. Great all around bag.
I have this bag in the orange and absolutely love it! I have many Bmac bags but this is by far my favorite. Lots of room and organization. It's such a comfortable bag and can be over shoulder or crossbody. His bags used to be so heavy or at least my 2nd favorite is. I love it also but don't carry as much because of the weight. They're much cheaper at TJMaxx. Sorry qvc.... I love you guys but sometimes i find much better deals and when I do I like to share.
I have the Black. I've owned this for at least three months now.
Love:1) It is a beautiful bag. Thick, soft, quality leather. The design is totally cool-looking with a bit of edge. 2) The long, wide strap is great for my 5'7" frame and it converts easily to a shoulder bag.3) It holds a LOT. 4) Many compartments for storage including the deep pocket accessible through the flap. It's not terribly heavy unless you load it down.
Hate: 1) Floppy. Things slip and slide. 2) NOT SECURE. There is no zipper and the magnet is not strong. If you grab the bag by the top(not the strap), the top slides open. Grabbing it by the top is like grabbing slippery folded fabric. Depending on the situation, the contents can slide right out without your realizing it because it is so floppy and soft. Therefore - not good for travel or throwing around your car or just plopping down.
It would help if it had an option internal zipper that ran across the top (under the flap).
The four stars are for the leather, visual design (not functional design) which includes a total "cool/edgey" factor,
Nice bag but..
I have this bag and like it very much. Unfortunately one of the great things about the bag is also a major detractor for me. This is the softest bag I've ever owned. I love the softness, but the glove leather puddles and has no structure at all. Though the bag is beautiful (Mulberry), I will use it for very casual occasions only because it puddles and wrinkles so easily. The ultra soft also makes it hard to find things because the bag collapses around your hand(s) as you search. That is why I gave it 3 stars instead of 5. On the positive side, this bag holds an amazing amount of "stuff" and maintains its light-weight feel. The demo shows that it holds a full size iPad. I can put my iPad mini, in it's case, easily in the fold-over flap area. I think that's great, because I keep a cosmetic bag in the flap also. The strap is nice and wide and soft, making the bag comfortable to carry. The design of the bag is genius and I hate that it is discontinued. It would be great in a slightly more substantial pebble leather.
Perfect for me
I have ordered a few of the orYany bags vecause tge style is nice, once I got them, either too heavy or the shoulder strap is just not good enough for the weight of the bag!...THIS bag however is EXACTLY what I've been wanting and finally found..love the style, great space, light weight with a substantial should strap!..I'm sad it be discontinued!!..I think I will buy another color since I LOVE this bag so much!
This is actually my favorite bag. So you may be wondering why I am disappointed? After one year the leather on this bag is starting to peel. This definitely should not happen. This is not an inexpensive bag. I e-mailed B. Makowsky's customer service and was basically told there is only a one year warranty and sorry there is nothing they can do. Whenever there is a B. Makowsky show the host or Bruce will usually mention how well made these bags are and they will last a long time. I think I will go back to buying Coach which has a lifetime warranty.
I really like this bag; it is definitely my favorite of his that I have
I have been using this bag now for a few months after purchasing it on the tail end of eyeing in for over a year. OMG is it wonderful. It can fit my Kindle Fire, a steno notepad for work, all my normal "purse things" and still have room! The leather is so soft and supple. True, there is almost no structure to the bag as it moves with you, but that is part of the charm of this bag as it goes through the day with you carrying all your purse goodies. It is light-weight and works well. The zip pocket with the magnetic closure that flaps over the purse is perfect for hiding my keys and badge for work as I zip into my work sites from my truck and my keys stay secure in the far reaches of the pocket. I even throw my cell phone in there as well instead of using the cell phone pocket, its so user friendly. The main compartment isn't the most organized, that is my only kvetch, but that is to be expected with an unstructured bag like this, otherwise.... this is the most wonderful B Mack purse. It carries a lot of bang for your buck.
Looooove this bag
This is the best bag I have ever purchased. It's lightweight yet roomy and the leather is very soft. I got the Dove Grey and I was not disappointed. I could not be happier with my purchase. I''l be coming back for more colors.
GREAT cross-body bag
I have many B Mak bags and this is my 2nd cross-body. Of course, the leather is gorgeous but the design of the bag is one of the best i've ever seen. I just took it to Vegas on vacation and it holds a ton, with a nice thick strap that makes having a very full bag easy on your body.
I'll buy another one in a different color next time it's offered on easy pay.