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Friday, July 18, 2014

Our Tribe Leather Tote Bag Review

Whenever I pass by an Our Tribe store, I would always remember Dr. Janet Emmanuel from 3 years ago and her lecture on global translation of Filipino products, mentioning Our Tribe as a perfect example. She noted that Our Tribe sells shoes, bags, and other small leather goods with superior quality, but because of limited design, lonely store window, etc. the brand doesn't seem to catch a lot of attention. Dr. Emmanuel used to be the Academic Director of Raffles Design Institute - Manila. It was year 2011 when I met her at RDI during a workshop titled "Conversations on Fashion and Design". After hearing her lecture, I promised myself I will pay Our Tribe a visit and purchase a bag for myself. Years 2012 and 2013 came and passed, I lusted on a couple of bags from their online site, I did dropped by to every Our Tribe store I saw yet couldn't decide whether to buy or not. Fast forward to 2014, I finally bought a shopping tote so I'm doing this short review as requested by a friend.








My first Our Tribe leather bag, ever.





Close up photos of the bag's material, logo, inner pockets, and zipper.





The brand logo tag and flower charm.





This bag was a little over P4,000 when I bought it at Our Tribe in SM Megamall. Sorry, I do not remember the exact price but will go back to this entry and write the price once I found the receipt. Also, I am not particular with the model name or code of this bag, still waiting for Our Tribe's answer to my query. Anyway, let's just call it a classic shopper in chocolate brown color and hard leather material.

This bag is called 676. That's how they name their bags in Our Tribe. They give numbers instead of a specific name like Neverfull or Selma or Nightangle. And, I remember now, I paid a little over P4000 for this bag because of the flower charm. The exact price of the bag alone was P3895. Thanks to Our Tribe in Facebook who kindly replied to my query.




Things that I like about this bag:
-It good as an everyday bag. I normally use it when I commute.
-It is perfect for my size being a petite woman.
-It can carry a lot of things from wallet, phone, and makeup kit to my daughter's nappies, breastfeeding cover, and wet wipes.
-Being a leather bag, it is affordable for its price.
-No metal hardware so it isn't heavy compared with my other leather bags.


Things that I don't like:
-It is too plain so I had to buy a flower charm to add some "joy" to it.
-The leather material is very hard. There is no way you can fold it.
-The zipper makes the bag look cheap.
-Inner lining is boring. I hope they consider using a printed material for it.
-No hardware.


Will I buy a bag from the same brand again?
Yes! I am actually planning to get something in fun color. Maybe red?






10 comments:

  1. I agree this brand is kinda boring. I think they should also work on their marketing strategy. Not many people know about this brand. Nice review Mrs. Kolca! :)

    xx GT sis www.projectgora.com

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    1. Thanks dear. You're right. They are not that popular even among fashion bloggers or celebs.

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  2. i got a bag from them circa 1996 until now buo pa!!!! :) i don't use it anymore :) but i still saw the same design last year hihi :)

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    1. Really? Which bag is it? How did you maintain the quality?

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  3. Hi they offer candy colored bags and wallets though in limited pieces only. Got mine in eggplant (wallet) and pink (bag). Their products are simple and sturdy.

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    1. Yeah, I hope they make more and more pieces in happy colors. I love them!

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  4. I bought mine two years ago for work and it's the first thing I bought after receiving my first paycheck (and it was pricey at 4k). It's a large black tote bag with leather on the bottom half, canvas top half. Still using it because it's sturdy. I pack a lot of heavy things and not once did this bag failed me unlike my other bags. I'm into minimalist design and boyish myself, so this bag was perfect for me. Cons: the bag is heavy by itself; the zipper pull tab could use a more fashionable and updated look. Anyway, someone once asked if I bought mine from calvin klein :) I'm gonna go look it up

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    1. Cool! This one is already handed down to my auntie. She needed a bag that is sturdy and can hold a lot of things cos she's a teacher so I just gave it. :)

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  5. Hi! My first our tribe product was a sling bag back in 2005. I still have it in good condition. I bought a wallet and a bag in 2006. I used the wallet since then until today. Just a few scratches with the wallet. With regards to the bag, buung buo p sya. I just wipe it with dry cloth and good as new again! Last year i bought a bag again and a pair of sandals! I love Our Tribe! D nagbabakbak ang leather not like those branded bags. Ang mahal n 1 year or less mo lang magagamit. Proud to be an Our Tribe avid fan. They will be on sale this 9th! 30% on all items!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your story. Happy to hear from someone who loves and support local. :)

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