Affordable Handbag Alert! Robert Matthew Bailey Shoulder Tote


Disclosure: Press sample was provided. All thoughts are my own.

I’m a big girl and I love my big bags. Not only do I like my bags big, I like them black or brown, with nice metallic hardware and affordable. I refuse to pay over $300 for a bag. I’m by no means a handbag snob, and they all end up being worn a few times and stashed away, as a new affordable handbag will come through one day to take it’s place. I was recently introduced to Robert Matthew, a handbag and accessories line. I was given the opportunity to pick a bag and give it a test drive (no complaints there!), so I picked the Bailey Hobo Tote ($199).


  • 17″ W x 13″ H x 7″ D
  • Double handles
  • Matching shoulder strap included
  • Rose gold hardware
  • Animal friendly leather
  • Pewter/gold pu leather accents

Bailey features what I like to call animal friendly leather, which you might know as pu. Pu, or synthetic leather, has the look and feel of leather without the price tag. It’s a tad more flexible than leather, it is easy to clean and maintain, and coming from someone that has more than a few bags made with synthetic leather, they hold up for a very long time. The only thing you are missing is the leather scent, which I don’t personally miss.

The inside of the bag is just as great as the outside, featuring a chocolate brown/tan stripped fabric lining. Inside there are two front one pockets, one back zipper pocket and one top zipper open pocket for optimal storage and organization.

I have a love/hate relationship with Bailey’s hardware. The hardware that houses the double handles is rose gold, and the rest is a yellow gold which I did not quite understand . I personally think Bailey looks better with the yellow gold hardware, but it’s no biggie to me.

Bailey is, as you can tell by the dimensions, a very spacious bag that I can keep anything, and everything in. I could literally fit my laptop and everything in here, but I have not tested this bag’s weight capacity, so I’m not going to risk it right now because I’m enjoying this bag right now.

Overall Bailey is a beautiful, well crafted handbag that will be sure to be a fall staple in any woman’s handbag collection. These bags will endure the test of any season.

Robert Matthew Bailey Shoulder Tote retails for $199. There is a wide selection of handbags and wallets and other accessories in every style and price range imaginable and you can check them out on their website.

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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