Crossbody Comparison: Pillow vs. New Small Messenger

grietje

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I consigned both in Monalisa. One for the color and two for the style. Thought I'd share some photos and thoughts.

First, the pillow is a bit larger.







I like the functionality of the new small messenger. The large pocket under the flap is a big bonus. The interior is smaller but it makes sense and it, like the pillow, has a larger interior zippered pocket. The cell phone pocket in the pillow is basically useless.



The strap on the small messenger is wider (left). I'm on the fence about the clasp and notches on the small messenger.



There's the potential for "droop-age" with the base of the small messenger. You can also see this in the side by side photo.



Here are modeling shots. Forgive the light glare. You can see the pillow has a longer drop.





Griet's overall thoughts: My parents were with me when I compared them initially and we all think the pillow looks more expensive and elegant. I think it's the smooth leather sides and basic shape of the messenger where it loses a bit of luxury. But I think the small messenger is more practical. As my dad pointed out, your stuff isn't as exposed when the pillow is wide open. With the price increase they'll both be $1450.

As for what's staying, dunno. The Monalisa color is really really pretty but it might have a hair more plum than I was hoping for. But I'm going to try it on with a few things and see.
 

diane278

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I consigned both in Monalisa. One for the color and two for the style. Thought I'd share some photos and thoughts.

First, the pillow is a bit larger.







I like the functionality of the new small messenger. The large pocket under the flap is a big bonus. The interior is smaller but it makes sense and it, like the pillow, has a larger interior zippered pocket. The cell phone pocket in the pillow is basically useless.



The strap on the small messenger is wider (left). I'm on the fence about the clasp and notches on the small messenger.



There's the potential for "droop-age" with the base of the small messenger. You can also see this in the side by side photo.



Here are modeling shots. Forgive the light glare. You can see the pillow has a longer drop.





Griet's overall thoughts: My parents were with me when I compared them initially and we all think the pillow looks more expensive and elegant. I think it's the smooth leather sides and basic shape of the messenger where it loses a bit of luxury. But I think the small messenger is more practical. As my dad pointed out, your stuff isn't as exposed when the pillow is wide open. With the price increase they'll both be $1450.

As for what's staying, dunno. The Monalisa color is really really pretty but it might have a hair more plum than I was hoping for. But I'm going to try it on with a few things and see.
I like them both on you. Tough decision, huh?
 

news2me

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Oh, thanks so much Grietje. This is the first side-by-side comparison of the two cross body bags. If I had to choose I'd go for the Pillow. Overall it wins in my pluses/minuses scoring system. And I find the color to be very pretty on you.
 

grietje

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I think for my height the pillow is better. But for those less tall, I think the small messenger is a terrific option. It's got a bit more fun and casual going on than the pillow.
 

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I prefer the Pillow for you as well. It sits at a better place than the other, smaller bag.
I think the Pillow is just a nicer bag overall - no offence to those that like it.
 

grietje

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I prefer the Pillow for you as well. It sits at a better place than the other, smaller bag.
I think the Pillow is just a nicer bag overall - no offence to those that like it.
Yes. For me the pillow is definitely the better bag. I decided to return both. Monalisa is gorgeous but it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. So I shall wait patiently for perfect color to come along. I've got an Ardoise pillow which will get loads of use this winter so it's not. Ike I'm without.
 

diane278

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Yes. For me the pillow is definitely the better bag. I decided to return both. Monalisa is gorgeous but it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. So I shall wait patiently for perfect color to come along. I've got an Ardoise pillow which will get loads of use this winter so it's not. Ike I'm without.
So much better to figure out what won't work prior to making a purchase only to have it sit in a closet unused.....good call, knowing it wasn't for you.....
 

pandorabox

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Nice shots. Thanks for them. I prefer the pillow. I really want that exact same Mona Lisa pillow. Lol
 

atlantique

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I like the pillow more (I have 3 pillows), I think it's more versatile, it's elegant and chic!
Plus I don't like bags with flaps, I prefer Zippers!


Both are very nice on you - the color is very nice.