Review – J Crew Bisbee Satchel in Summer Hyacinth

 I first saw this purse in my store about two weeks ago. I immediately loved the color. So gorgeous for Spring and Summer. I thought about that purse and “visited” it three days in a row last week. I would grab it and walk around the store with it and then put it back every time. One day it even matched my outfit and I still put it back. But I couldn’t stop thinking about it and the color.

On Friday I went into the store again and told the SA “I’m getting this purse today.” She was so relieved. (I think she was just tired of seeing me for the third day in a row.) I have not transferred my stuff from my Mini Campo bag yet. I ordered a Drop-In Bag Organizer from The Plaid Purse in the Pink Camo and so I’m waiting on that.

Bisbee Satchel – Summer Hyacinth – 23175 – $268.00, This also comes in Tawny Brown and Jalapeno. There is also a tote but not in the Summer Hyacinth color.

Description from J Crew: An all-season classic to take you from work to the weekend. We took the softest tumbled leather we could find to craft this striking satchel, so it has the slouchy chic, ultra-comfy feel of your favorite well-worn leather bag. Wear it satchel style, carry it by the top handles or wear it across the body with the extra-long detachable shoulder strap. (With the drapey styling of the leather, we think it’s particularly stunning worn messenger style.) You’ll love the roomy construction, abundant pockets and pliant, downtown styling. A perfect bag for toting to the office or for weekend escapes, with places for your flip-flops, sunblock, cell and more.


The leather is so soft and the color, well, WOW! Totally love it. It has a side flap pocket, a side zip pocket and zips at the top. The interior is a cotton twill lining with a zip pocket and a cell phone pocket (these seem to come standard in most handbags now-a-days). It does not have a “hard” bottom so it will look very slouchy.

Here is the J Crew Mini Campo I own for comparison.  


  1. February 28, 2010 / 11:13 pm

    It is a beautiful color! How is the size as compared to the small campo?

  2. February 28, 2010 / 11:16 pm

    Huge. I can (and have) put my mini Campo inside it. I just have to be sure not to keep it full of junk so it stays lightweight.

  3. February 28, 2010 / 11:47 pm

    I added pictures Kathy.

  4. March 1, 2010 / 12:16 am

    Thanks so much for the review! This bag is on my wishlist. I love the color, too. You sound just like me-I "visit" items I love too;)

  5. March 1, 2010 / 12:17 am

    I love purple! That new handbag is just gorgeous 🙂

  6. March 1, 2010 / 1:43 am

    Yup, it's a big one! Thanks for posting the photos!

  7. March 1, 2010 / 2:21 am

    I soooo want this bag. It is a beautiful color in a great style. I am green with envy. 🙂

  8. March 1, 2010 / 5:28 am

    OMG! What an utterly beautiful purse! I have a purse in that color–it goes so well with so many things!!! Congrats!

  9. March 1, 2010 / 1:10 pm

    I love that color!!!! And I love your Campo's color, too!!!

  10. March 1, 2010 / 3:27 pm

    I love purple. That is a gorgeous color and gorgeous bag. I bet it feels buttery soft too!

  11. March 1, 2010 / 4:48 pm

    Great bag. I absolutely love the color!!!

  12. March 1, 2010 / 6:28 pm

    I love handbags, its funny I was just getting ready to blog about some new ones that I got too :o) This Satchel is really nice. Its just the right size and the color is really pretty.

  13. March 2, 2010 / 1:07 am

    Wow. Just wow. That is a gorgeous bag. And the colour!!!! I didn't think much of it online but you've made me a believer! Excellent choice.

    Darn, guess I'm stalking it now too! (:

  14. March 2, 2010 / 2:37 am

    What a beautiful bag!

    PS…have your husband bake the bacon in the oven (it eliminates all the extra grease)! Teach him to line a baking sheet w/foil and bake!

  15. March 3, 2010 / 9:14 am

    There's a term for that in the vocab list. I call it 'faux rent.' The bag looks great. Thanks for sharing irl pics 🙂

  16. March 3, 2010 / 3:58 pm

    Thanks ladies! I'm breaking it out today.

    Monique – Can't wait to read your post.

    Christy – Thanks for the tip.

    Gigi – "Faux rent"…hahaha. Love it!

  17. March 4, 2010 / 9:06 pm

    Oh my…that's just lovely! Enjoy it!!