I’ve been rather lusftul over the Emily bag by the British label behind designer changing bags, Storksak since last year, so when I was given the opportunity to lay my mitts on one for a few weeks, I did a little jig in delight! Handbag lovers will know that it all comes down to personal taste with bags (hence why I call it a ‘review if sorts’), but if you’re partial to a designer handbag and you like ’em leather, keep reading!
I showed off preview shots of their spring/summer 2010 designs a few weeks ago and if you’re not familiar with Storksak, they’re two designers who wanted to inject the luxe into changing bags making them indistinguishable from handbags but packed full of functions to make toting gear for you and your baby much easier. I knew that I loved the bag when I took it out…sans children! Say what?! Yep!
Gorgeous to look at and even more delightful to stroke hold, I had the taupe version of this shoulder bag which is made of soft washed buffalo leather with a chalky finish and brushed silver detailing. If you’re an everything but the kitchen sink kinda gal and have found yourself despairing of yourself as you try to locate things in the rubble of your bag or struggle to squeeze stuff in, the Emily is chock full of pockets.
The 2 pockets at the sides of the outers subtly make great use of the space and you could easily slip a small brolly in one, or use them as the thermo-insulated bottle pockets they were intended as! It says it keeps drinks warm or cool for up to four hours although I only carried a couple of juice cartons for the bambino, which did stay cool. You’ll be relieved to know it’s got wipe clean lining throughout!
The two pockets on the front are spacious and inside there’s even more pockets including one for your mobile plus a detachable inner sack, which I found handy for instantly moving must haves into another bag without fuss.
The straps can be adjusted and what I actually loved was that in spite of the fact that it was packed full of stuff, it was lovely to carry and didn’t have my shoulder praying for mercy, so great weight distribution. There’s a changing mat which I didn’t use, and this is the kind of bag that has longevity beyond being a changing bag.
Basically, I loved it. It’s no wonder Storksak counts the likes of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Gwyneth Paltrow as customers because their changing bags are designer quality with plenty of function, letting you keep your style kudos even though it’s packed with nappies and bibs.
Depending on the finish (I love the pewter version too), prices for Storksak Emily’s are Â£89-Â£176. Check Storksak for stockists which include Cecily Plum where BG readers get 10% off – see our discount codes page. For a chiconomy option, check out Babymel bags which are by the same designers.
Oh and dedicated BG readers watch out – I will be announcing how you can win a Storksak Babymel changing bag next week. For now, I’m off to cry over the bag as I pack it up for the Post Office…