Tuesday, January 31, 2012

J.Crew Email: Holding out for the bag of your dreams?

"Thanks!" to many of you, including Irina, who shared the following email J.Crew sent this morning.

The email features the Brompton Mini-Hobo (item 63020; $258.00), which they describe as:
Our design team's fallen head over heels for the mini hobo—a luxe little sister to our iconic Brompton hobo. Smaller in size but deceptively roomy inside, this scaled-down favorite packs the same functional features you love about the original (think tons of pockets and a cross-body strap). In array of amazing hues and leathers, including a brand new, beautifully buffed matte version. Turnlock closure. Brass-finish hardware. Interior zip pocket, split-patch cell pocket. Cotton twill lining. Comes with dust bag. Import. Removable, adjustable shoulder strap fully extends to 20". 6 1/2" handle drop. 12"H x 10 1/2"W x 5"D.
Now some might say J.Crew just got lazy and thought, "What handbag design should we do next? Hey the Brompton Hobo is really popular, let's just make it smaller and call it a day!" And who knows, those people might be right. However, it is a pretty darn cute bag and I actually like the smaller version more than its larger counterpart. :)

What are your thoughts on the Brompton Mini Hobo? Have you seen it in-person? If so, please share! :)


  1. I think it is adorable. I have so many huge bags; this would be a welcome change!

  2. I like this bag a lot, and the price is reasonable. I would be curious to hear how it stands up over time, though. It will take a lot for me to cheat on my longtime love, my MJ Stella. :P

  3. You can see the vibrant coral version here.

  4. I love this bag! For some reason the picture in the email makes it look a lot smaller than how it looked when I saw it in person.

  5. Cute! I ordered the Tillary neon bucket bag, and I can't wait to see it in person.


  6. It's cute, but I have enough slouchy bags from J Crew to last me a while. I can live without it, lol.

  7. I just ordered this bag yesterday in henna. If it ever makes it to markdown, I will pick up the beige one too.

    I have always loved the regular Brompton, but the large size always kept me from pulling the trigger. I felt it would get too heavy for me to carry. The size of this one is perfect (it is larger than it looks in the picture) with a good amount of room inside, and I love the hobo shape.

    I will be sure to post details on my blog for those still on the fence :)

  8. Saw the coral mini Brompton in store and instantly loved the color. The leather is buttery soft but I wondered how well it would hold up over time. I realize it will scratch, and some scratching can be buffed off, but will it look raggedy worn out after a year? (In other words, I'm wondering if this is the leather version of pill-y cashmere sweaters that look gorgeous in the store but ratty after 3-4 wears)

    Can anyone comment on Bromptons they own & have worn regularly for at least a year? TIA!

  9. I'm holding out for the Edie attaché in green. I know it's coming, it's in the runway/lookbook slideshow.

  10. I've been eyeing the Baby Brompton in vibrant coral since it appeared online. I like the ability for it to be a large clutch or a cross body bag. I've gotten so much use out of my Darlington pursette here in Spain. It may just be a European thing though...but I love it!

  11. Connor, I am wondering about that myself. The leather is not as soft as the Lockwood I got (and returned) last year, but you can tell it will scratch easily over time.

    I wish they made a bigger bag in the same leather they used for the Brompton Bucket bag.

  12. I've had my Brompton Hobo since it first came out, in 2009, I think? I use it almost every day, I throw it in the back of the stroller, my daughter drags it on the floor, it withstands leaky sippy cups...and has maybe two scratches on the leather.

    The only thing it does have, is a blue mark from where my dark denim has rubbed off on it. Anybody have suggestions on how to clean it?

    A warning, this bag is way more slouchy than it looks in photos...they must stuff it with tissue, so that it keeps it's shape.

    I love the coral color, would buy it, but I'm currently lusting after the navy Tillary tote.

  13. I have fallen in love with a bag that I have only seen in the stores not online. It is a bucket bag, canvas with navy stripe down the front and collegiate green strap(like the Tillary). For $138 it would be great for summer.

  14. Thanks Kelley, I may just bite at the first promo -- eyeing the vibrant coral mini (not the baby) hobo.

    Thanks for the heads up on the slouchiness -- in the end, I may not like that. What I really want is a coral or orangy-red casual bag for summer so keeping my eyes peeled...

  15. Well for those of you interested in the longevity of the bag, I have the larger one, purchased it a little over a year and a half ago, and I am currently in a huge argument with J.Crew about the condition of my bag. The leather around the o-rings that hold the handles to the bag is falling apart. I called customer service to get it repaired and they told me "they don't do repairs" but I should take it to a store to access whether the damage is a defect or not. So I did. The associate told me she would take my bag, get it repaired, and send it back to me. Needless to say, it's on the way back without being repaired and I was told to get the repairs done myself and I would be reimbursed. I live in the middle of nowhere and don't have time to find a repair place so I guess I'm stuck with a $300 bad investment. Don't waste your time if you are going to make this bag an everyday carry. Buy something from Coach or Cole Haan that guarantees their product and will repair or replace it if it falls apart before it's time.

    1. How disappointing. I was going to buy this recently, but I passed because I decided the leather was cheap looking. Glad I passed. Really sorry to hear about your experience though!


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