Nicoletta Carlone Bag Review

Anyone who has followed me for a little while will know that my go-to bag is Lola Von Rose. I have all six colours and if they were to release more, you betcha I would buy them but unfortunately they are not making anymore as they are focusing on lipsticks (which I have reviewed before). I believe that whatever they have in stock in terms of hand bags is all they have for the foreseeable future. Alas, a little while ago, I was scrolling through Facebook and I came across a bag for a company called Nicoletta Carlone. They seemed to sell vintage inspired clothing, jewellery and accessories; some very nice things were found but I didn’t check out until a few weeks later when I got tagged six times in an ad. It was for a vintage reproduction lucite bag; yep, my friends know me very well.

It seems that Nicoletta Carlone just started dabbling in vintage inspired ‘lucite’ bags and had just released a gold glitter one. The website didn’t have many photos of it but I thought it would be fine taking the chance and seeing what would arrive and I’m so glad I did. The bags offical name is “Emma” and it is a mid-century style acrylic purse which is retailed at $156 USD but is currently on sale for $76 USD (The Lola Von Rose bags are $64 USD). The Emma bag is made from a glitter (or confetti) acrylic material. It seems as though a coating of glitter confetti was added to clear resin when the bag is being made. The glitter is multi-coloured with a primarily golden hue; you can see flakes of bue, green, pink and purple sporadically spread out which makes for an interesting and unique design and also means each purse is unique and different to the next much like it’s owner having their own uniqueness.

From the outside, it seems that the bag is the same from those sold by Lola Von Rose. The only difference I could find is that the handle is thinner in terms of overall thickness and slightly skinnier. The handle is the best place to see how the glitter is attached to the acrylic but I am worried as there’s no solid acrylic undercoat, the glitter may flake off overtime. I am tempted to add a thin layer of clear nail polish just to make sure it stays put. The front clasp is also slightly different to most of the clasps used from Lola Von Rose. The clasp on the Emma bag is the same as the one used on the Lola Von Rose sea foam coloured bag (I have no idea why this colour had a different clasp) but being a matching gold colour, it looks lovely on the bag itself.

The best surprise this bag has is that it’s lined on the inside (purse base and the lid) with a pretty pink grosgrain linen which makes it feel really special and solid. The lining makes the purse look really clean and tidy; it also makes for a solid attachment between the purse base and the lid. It’s beautifully stitched and I think the little gold-tone logo plate on the purse base is a cute little touch. The overall feel is one of luxury, glamour and something very special. I love the lining and think it’s a huge step up from the Lola Von Rose bag; on a side note, over time, nearly all my Lola bags have started to crack or split at the back seam; the lining of the Emma bag makes me a bit more confident in it’s strength and stability. I should note that the cracks have not been caused due to dropping the bags but they just simply split over the many years of wear they have received (they are my daily hand bags and I just move my stuff from one to the other as needed).

You can see that the Emma bag is inspired by the Lucite purses popular in the 1950s. The size is great and it is approximately 9 inches in length, 4.75 inches wide, and 3.25 inches high with no handle extention or 10 inches in height with the handle fully extended. I often get asked how do I fit everything I need in these bags; I don’t know what to tell you besdies the fact that these bags make you really good at tetris. I can fit my phone, wallet, compact, lip stick, hand sanitizer, perfume spray and several receits that I promise to throw out one day. I can even fit a cardigan if I fold it right.

I ordered this bag on the 20th of July 2020 as a pre-order. I got an email on the 2nd of October that it was ready to be shipped and it arrived on my door on the 14th of October. The overall shipping time was super quick seeing as it travelled from the US to Australia during a global pandemic with all the shipping delays as well. It arrived well packaged with no visible scratches. I did notice a strong glue smell but the smell has been weakening as I’ve aired it out and worn it out a few times. The other thing I noticed whilst taking the bag out during the week is that it does have a sligth squeek to it. It’s not a huge problem and I’m sure some sewing machine oil will fix it but I just thought I’d mention it.

The Emma bag comes in a few other colours including a gorgeous green malachite colour, a navy blue with gold stars and a black with silver stars. I have already ordered the green and the navy which I am super excited to add to my collection. I didn’t order the black as I already have the Lola Von Rose black bag. These bags are really lovely. They seem sturdy, well made with a beautiful finish and of a high quality. They are a little expensive and I wouldn’t be able to buy them at full price because by the time I convert it, it’s over $200 for a bag. Besides that, I love them and their amazing quality. I really hope they release some more colours such as a buttercup yellow, a light pale blue and a silver.

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Note: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts expressed are solely my own and not influenced in any way. There are no affiliate links and I do not benefit from any link clicks or purchases made.

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