REVIEW: Telfar Medium Navy Shopping Bag

Not sure exactly when Telfar appeared on my radar, but ever since I knew of the existence of the ‘Telfar Bag,’ short for the Shopping Bag from the brand, I knew I would buy it one day. I did a few Q&A sessions on my IG-stories with tote and work bag suggestions, and the Telfar Bag was one of my suggestions. Some of you seemed to be interested in Telfar and the bag itself, so I decided to buy it to see it in person.

My first impression with the bag is not as pleasant, and I’ve got to admit and be honest with you that it smells like plastic. It is made from 100% Vegan Leather, and that basically is faux leather, polyester aka plastic! I’ve had it for about two weeks now, and I still occasionally smell it but not as strong as the very first two days of wearing it to work. To me, plastic or anything made from polyester materials, I tend to stay away from just because of its smell, durability, wear and tear over time. However, I’ve decided to keep it because of so many reasons.

about Telfar

TELFAR is a unisex line Est in 2005 in NYC by Telfar Clemens, a queer Liberian-American designer.

Medium Navy Shopping Bag in Navy

The medium size fits a laptop, my lunch, and my daily essentials. It has a zippered compartment that runs pretty deep, so I usually leave my wallet and more important stuff in there! There are two handles and two very long cross-body straps. My most favorite feature of the bag is definitely the embossed extruded TF logo.

Other things about the bag that I grow to love are the actual shape, the plastic material, the two cross-body straps that seem very long and not functioning. The shopping boxy bag shape makes it very convenient for me to reach my hands in to find things. There’s a snap closure that comes in handy lots of times. In terms of the material, besides the smell, I don’t love how it’s not sturdy looking. It creases and does not stay standing, however, I kind of like that look! With the rainy Seattle weather, this plastic bag ends up working quite well as water does not stick to it at all. In addition, it gives my outfit a more casual feel, but I still can totally dress up whilst rocking the bag on many weekend occasions. Lastly, the long cross-body straps become truly convenient and functional when I have on a thick sweater and a big coat otherwise they just hang too low on me!

Overall, the Telfar Medium Shopping Bag has been great as my work bag that I can throw my lunch, daily survival stuff, and my 13” MacBook Pro if I want to. It is affordable, and I’ve seen some colors go on sale before! It photographs well and is a great addition to my bag collection since I don’t own any navy bags! One might ask why I love this bag and Telfar brand so much, I think it is just because I love the design and the brand story. The brand is a bit more niche, and I like that not a lot of people know about it yet! Dazed has a great article, read here! The TF logo is very iconic in my opinion, and I feel good wearing it as it suits my current style so much. It goes with everything!

outfit: shirt: PALOMA WOOL (bought in store at a local boutique in Seattle, Glasswing)| cardi: UNIQLO | trousers: MASSIMO DUTTI | belt: thrifted | sneakers and socks: MUJI (sneakers size 23 cm)| bag: TELFAR | necklace: MEJURI (Double curb chain)

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2 responses to “REVIEW: Telfar Medium Navy Shopping Bag”

  1. OR says:

    hey! finally an actual review of this bag! I was wondering how the durability of the bag has been? Has any of the plastic peeled? As well have you found the actual size of the bag to be a little too big? Or just right. Thanks !

    • antrieu says:

      I’m 5ft5 and think that the bag is quite spacious, a bit big yes, but that does not affect how much I love it actually. Plastic material seems to be pretty durable, and I don’t notice any smell anymore. No broken stitching nor peeled plastic yet, and I have been wearing it every day as my work bag.

      Hope this helps!

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