I think this is the first bag I've gotten that photographs better than it looks in person. In the photos, you can see some reflectivity from the light source. This makes the studs look like shiny metal. IRL, the studs are matte black. I don't know if I like this.
I mean, it IS beautiful, but I am not a person who wears a lot of black. It is very stark on me. (I have light skin, light hair, low contrast features, and a somewhat conservative style.) I was hoping to go slightly edgy with this bag, but not THAT edgy.
What do you think of the black studs?
Sometimes when I look at the bag in certain light, I think I see antique nickel studs. In other light, they are muddy black. Or do you think they are Chanel-esque? Valentino-esque?
Should I keep it? It was a little pricey: $298 minus PCE discount. I really needed a small black bag with silver hardware. I was hoping this would be it.
The closure is a magnet snap. It seems to stay closed if you use the snap. If you just use the magnet and turn it over, I think the weight of the studs opens the flap. So if you are tossling the bag around, make sure the snap is closed. I am fine with the closure.
Just like the other Pennys, it has the front pocket and the rear inside pocket.
I think they are calling the hardware color "antique nickel". But this doesn't apply to the studs. They are matte black pyramid studs. They give the illusion of being shiny in certain light, but are matte black in other light. The studs were cooler to touch than the leather which made me think they were metal and not plastic or resin, but I really don't know. They were attached beautifully in perfect rows. They did not appear to have a shiny coating on them like the brass studs I saw in the store. That part is OK with me.
The onyx Penny in the OPs of the TPF preview thread had a partial chain strap. This bag does not have a chain strap - just a regular leather double strap. I am OK with that too.
So the only "antique nickel" hardware is (are?) the dogleash clips and the magnetic closure snap.
And last of all, a mod shot. This blue leather jacket is my motivation for getting this purse. Of course, if I keep it, I will wear it with a lot of outfits, but this jacket really needed a coordinating purse: