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Queen Bee bag, a study

Queen Bee handbag

While I was at Sock Summit I splurged on a handbag from Queen Bee. This is the Large Rita size in Hemp Denim with the Peony design. The closest I can find on their site is the samller size.

Queen Bee handbag, back pocket details

I was drawn to the flower design on front (after a spring full of looking at be-flowered dresses I cannot seem to shake the attraction) but it was the details that I fell for. It’s got everything I love:

  • large enough to hold a magazine
  • sturdy enough to stand on it’s own when plopped on the floor
  • zipper top (after my wallet was snatched I cannot do open top bags)
  • large loop zipper pull to reduce fumbling
  • two exterior pockets on the back for iPhone and keys
  • single short strap, long enough that it’s able to be hiked up over a shoulder using one arm
  • strap is removable so I can easily replace it with longer adjustable strap for those moments when I need it to hang across my body (Nordstrom Rack is usually the case)
  • not one but two interior pockets for makeupy things and my littlest camera, both are deep enough to reach the bottom of the bag, and the zippered one has the same large loop zipper pull
  • and most essential, a light colored interior so I can actually see what is down there

Queen Bee handbag, interior pocket details

· comments [16] · 08-12-2009 · categories:shopping ·

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Darci // Aug 12, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Would love to see some action shots….

  • 2 megan // Aug 12, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I tried! It’s an overcast day here so all were blurry. I gave up in frustration (and because I’ve run out of time).

  • 3 Megan // Aug 12, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I love my Queen Bee bag too. I have one of the older vinyl styles, but it works well as a cute diaper bag and wipes up easily from sticky hands. I love this new bag you got!

  • 4 Alison // Aug 12, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I like the peony on the front. I have towels with a similar design.

  • 5 K // Aug 12, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I adore this bag. Excellent choice!

  • 6 tulip // Aug 12, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I LOVE Queen Bee!! I too have a little tiny bag from the older vinyl styles but I think I might have to splurge and get one of these. My Target bag is pale and mass produced by comparison!! Thanks for the overview!!

  • 7 The Redhead Riter // Aug 12, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Very cute! I love it. I love things made out of denim type fabrics. It makes for a very durable bag that will last forever :o)

  • 8 dawn // Aug 13, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Love the bag! It looks like it will easily go with everything too, which is nice- I’m terrible at bag switching.

    How do you like your littlest camera??

  • 9 elisa // Aug 13, 2009 at 6:05 am

    i searched for the perfect wallet for the longest time and finally found one from Queen Bee. i will definately check out their other things, since i can’t resist handbags.

  • 10 Samantha // Aug 13, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I love their bags too. I visited their studio on my last trip to Portland and got one of their maximo wallets and couldn’t be more pleased.

    They are coming out with all new styles on September 1st, so I am planning on saving up for the smaller Rita.

  • 11 Val // Aug 13, 2009 at 8:35 am

    That bag is so cute and I like the size you have! Argh too bad the site only has the smaller one.

  • 12 homodachi // Aug 13, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I love Queen Bee–I have 5 of their bags now and the older ones are still in great shape years later.

    My current favorite is their Hip Holster line–they’re the perfect size and so cute! (I have the silver one with the pink heart.)

  • 13 megan // Aug 13, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    dawn – I love love love that it’s so small I can always keep it with me, but this particular one doesn’t take spectacular photos. We bought it in a last minute Need A Camera rush. I don’t regret getting it though.

  • 14 Sarah Jane // Aug 13, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I got a Truckette from Queen Bee a little over 2 years ago. I have used and abused it to no end (it has made about a dozen international trips as well as an international move) and it still looks brand new. I cannot tell enough folks about how great this company is!

  • 15 amanda // Aug 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I noticed that bag in your other post and went looking. It’s really great!

  • 16 Robin Melody // Aug 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I have one bag and one wallet from Queen Bee. I get so many compliments, and they hold up super well. My only complaint is that now I can’t say that I need new bags because the old one never wears out! lol I’m expecting and definitely looking forward to getting my diaper bag from them.

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