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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Review

Photo by 木木 曉儀 / CC BY

3.1 Phillip Lim is responsible for some truly lovely bag designs, but the Pashli is definitely their bag-of-the-moment. The Pashli is often referred to as a satchel, but don't let this put you off, it's still very modern and trendy. It's produced in many different colours but only three sizes; the mini (pictured above in green and below in blue) the medium and the large.

3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli in Black RRP £545 / $695
18cm / 25cm / 7cm, handle drop 11cm, adjustable strap length 106-120cm

If you take a look at the photographs above and below then you can get a good idea of the size of the Mini Pashli. It's a small, structured bag that's easy to carry by hand or across the body, thanks to the comfortable padded shoulder strap. However, don't let the size fool you - thanks to the bag's clever design, it can actually hold quite a lot and as the bag is made from thick textured leather it holds its shape really nicely. Unlike other similar bags, the Pashli has quite a narrow depth which means that it sits close to the body when worn with the shoulder strap. This helps to keep the bag out of the way, making it easy to use and helping to prevent scratches and wear to the leather.

I find that the mini size really emphasises the modern design, and it has a youthful feel. Indeed, the Mini Pashli has been very popular among fashion bloggers, and as a result it can often be spotted making appearances in street style photography. These images highlight just how aesthetically pleasing the Pashli design is, as it complements both casual and smart outfits.

Photo by EventPhotosNYC / CC BY

3.1 Phillip Lim Medium Pashli in Black RRP £700 / $895
27cm / 36cm / 11cm, handle drop 11cm, strap length 134cm

The Medium Pashli (pictured below) is a much more practical size for regular everyday use, and I've seen this size being used as a work bag by young professionals in cool areas of London such as Shoreditch and Old Street. Although it's not a conventional work bag, in the traditional colour ways (such as black or beige) it has a very smart look about it. 

In terms of functionality, I find the Pashli to be a very secure bag and in busy metropolitan cities this is a great benefit. When deciding how you might wear the bag, it's worth knowing that (unless you're very petite) the top handle might be a little small to even wear the bag on the crook of the arm. This means that the bag can be carried in your hand, on the shoulder or across the body. As the bag isn't too heavy when empty, it isn't that uncomfortable to carry it by hand but it is good to know that you have the option to go hands-free.

photo by 木木 曉儀 /  CC BY / edited: cropped

3.1 Phillip Lim Large Pashli RRP £842 / $975

The largest Pashli (pictured below) seems to be generally unavailable here in the UK, but in the US it is available from larger department stores (sometimes on back order if you're looking for a specific colour). I haven't seen this larger size in person before, so I can't be too specific about its particular features. However, if you'd like to see what the sizing is like, then style blogger Susie Bubble does a great job of demonstrating it on her blog. It's quite a lot larger than the medium size, and online reviews from buyers on Saks Fifth Avenue do suggest that this size is perhaps too heavy to carry comfortably by hand. 

There are a couple of other details that are good to know when you're considering purchasing a Pashli in any size. The bag doesn't come with metal feet on the bottom, so it's best to keep this bag off the floor, and due to the bag's narrow depth it can struggle to stay upright unless it is totally full. Additionally, the metal closure at the front of the bag has a tendency to get scratched from use - especially when the closure is open, as the top part rubs/bangs against the bottom part. Neither of these things are deal breakers for me, but they're worth considering.

photo by La Fanciulle di Steph and Trish / CC BY

If there's anything else that you'd like to know about the Phillip Lim Pashli then please do leave me a comment, I'd be happy to try and answer any questions. And I hope this post was helpful for anyone considering purchasing this style of bag. If you're interested in purchasing authentic pre-loved 3.1 Phillip Lim Bags then sign up to the Stored and Adored mailing list.

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