As I transitioned into the research stage of my PhD program, I knew I’d need a sturdy, functional, yet fashionable bag to carry everyday. I wanted it to be black so I wouldn’t have to worry about matching, and I wanted it to be able to fit my 13 inch MacBook Pro. I also wanted compartments so I wouldn’t have to dig around looking for a pen as I always had to do with my Zara tote. I’ve had my Senreve Maestra in Noir for over a month now and it really is the perfect everyday bag for me!
I came across this bag on Instagram, and I was first attracted to it’s ability to be worn as a tote, satchel, crossbody, or backpack. I am notorious for carrying the most things, so I loved the idea that I could wear it as a backpack to better distribute weight across my shoulders. It took me a while to muster up the courage to spend this much on a bag, but after doing the math on the number of school bags I’ve purchased in the past 5 years – most of which have only lasted me a semester – it made sense to buy this if it would carry me through the end of my program.
After using the bag for over a month, my favorite features have to be the water-resistant leather exterior, the EIGHT different compartments, and the nifty key ring! The small pocket on the outside is perfect for my MetroCard, while the zipper pocket on the interior holds pens, lipsticks, and gum. My laptop and planner fit right inside the padded laptop compartment, and there’s plenty of room for my computer charger, phone charger, headphones, and business cards in the other interior pockets.
The bag is also tall enough to hold my wallet upright, which makes it easier to pull out, and creates even more space! Plus I can fit a water bottle so I can stay hydrated throughout the day, and I can always carry an umbrella so the weather can’t catch me slipping! The gold hardware (y’all know I love gold) really just amplifies the style, making it look super high end.
Funny enough, after I ordered the bag, I looked up more information about the company, and realized that it was co-founded by the wife of one of Jonathan’s business school classmates – the ones who got married in Hawaii last year! I wish I’d found out earlier, maybe a sister would’ve gotten the hook up lol!
If you’re looking for a new everyday bag that can fit your work, photography, and workout gear, your everyday essentials, AND still look super stylish, then the Senreve Maestra is for you. It comes in 12 different colors ranging from neutrals to pinks so there’s something for everyone.