Rated 4 out of 5 by brittamcthrift Good but not color not as expected
I ordered these bags as hostess gifts for a couple of baby showers. I ordered the lime green b/c that is one of the colors that I am using in my nursery. I finally received the bags yesterday (they were on backorder) and they are great, EXCEPT.... the color is not what I expected at all. I would not consider the lime green to be "limey." In fact, I consider this to more closely resemble an "army" or "camo" green. It's not necessarily a bad color, but it is not what I expected from the name or from the pictures on the website or in the catalog.
April 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by shopper23 Nice gift
I purchased these for my bridesmaids and they are good quality. The colors look great and the monograms are well done.
April 16, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by PearlsandTea Functional & Cute
• Great size & shape!
• Monogram looks good at first but after a few weeks of use it wears down and pills.
• Leather handles are nice, but would be perfect if they were just a tad longer.
• The jute holds its shape nicely.
• Great bag for work, groceries, the beach or a quick day trip.
Overall a great buy for the price!
April 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by isamom Perfect for my needs as a purse
I purchased the medium bag for a purse. Wonderful price, practical and stylish! I ordered the black jute with white monogram. It is useful with an enclosed pocket inside and zips at the top so items do not fall out. Goes with everything! Using it throughout the Spring and Summer. I think I might order more colors and several as gifts!
April 12, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Melissa2424 Do not buy
After reading all of the great reviews, I decided to purchase these bags for my bridesmaids. Big mistake. The first three bags that I received were damaged and had random black spots all over the pale pink and red bags. In addition, they are very poor quality. I was thinking the girls could use them for the beach, but the stitching is completely permeable so that would be impossible. They resent the bags and, again, there were black spots on each bag. They're going back to Ballard Designs and I clearly need to shop for gift alternatives.
April 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by BallardFanGirl Great All Purpose Bag
After reading all the reviews on line, I opted to give this bag a chance & I'm glad I did. I use it almost daily and love it. Sturdy, durable & pretty- this bag has it all. I keep my Bible, spirals, and reading material in it- not a light load- and it carries with ease. Highly recommended for anything from an overnite bag to a carry all used for work supplies. Got the brown color with ivory monogramming (so as to avoid the TX sun fading it) and have gotten TONS of compliments. My boss liked it so much, he is ordering some as Christmas gifts.
April 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by bride Bride Bag
I like the bag-especially the fact that it is lined to prevent staining and protect it from spills. Serves my purpose well.
April 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wilma Great value!
I bought 2 in medium - red with gold thread for dressier days and light blue with tan to wear with jeans. It's a perfect size to go from the office to the beach and is great for travel. Free monogram adds flair and makes for great gifts at this price. Would love to own in every color!
April 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by dbDesigns Great bag, Great price!
This jute bage exceded my expectations! The construction is solid, the inside is coated with a protective plastic which added to durability, and the monogramming added just the right personal touch. As a designer I have used this bag as a client gift at project presentation time, to hold all the samples of fabrics and finishes chosen for their project. With the variety of colors and styles I'm sure I will be buying more.
March 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Happyannie Perfect
It was just what I wanted and the size and weight. I am traveling to Paris and thought it was a great shopping bag to put in my suitcase -- loved that it was monogrammed as well -- makes it more special.
March 23, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Eleni Just an OK bag
I wanted the tote bag to be used as a beach bag and as far as size and ease it was fine. What I didn't care for was I had ordered the black and the beige vinyl lining inside the bag gives it a strange looking background. I would have rather seen a black lining. Also the jute is rough against you and not of great quality. All in all for the price it's ok.
March 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by jluc Large Tote Bag
I purchased a large tote bag for a friend for her birthday. She just loved it!! And I had it monogramed with her initals for free!! What a great gift......I only wished I got one for myself!!!! Next time.
March 18, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by EFD2006 Great Tote!
Wasnt really sure what kind of material to expect, but this tote held up well on a trip. Is a little rough, but seems to hold up ok. Would recommend getting a darker color to hide stains, etc.
March 13, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Inky Keeping my fingers crossed
Granted the price is right ... cant beat it and I love the color and the big, roomy size.
However, the fabric appears flimsy, especially considering the wear and tear a bag like this is designed for.
Hoping that it doesn't fall apart too soon. Using this as a test run ... if it holds up I'll certainly reorder.
March 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Clod This tote was just what I was looking for!
I ordered it for my trip to Punta Cana and it was back ordered several times, but it arrived just 2 days before I left. I carried it on the plane as my personal item and stuffed it with my purse, magazines, ipod, etc. It held everything and was very light weight and durable. I ordered red and the color was not very vibrant, but the size was perfect. I also have a smaller one that I take to work everyday.
March 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by lightwave great price great product
Well worth the long wait while it was on back order. I bought a black large bag with no monogram.
March 3, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer Ehh
I ordered the bag in aqua expecting the almost Tiffanys blue color pictured. However, it is instead a green color. The bag also isn't very sturdy and is discolored on the burlap in several spots.
February 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by virtual I'm in love with this bag!
I love this bag, I use it every day. I enjoy it so much that I ordered personalized ones for my sisters and my mother. The price is fantastic and well worth it, I plan on purchasing more of them. They're so versatile and cute! I would suggest these for anyone. Personalized they're even better and it's a timeless bag.
February 25, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by sjr1008 Cute but not durable.
I was thrilled to get my bag. It is so cute but the very first time I used it the handle broke. I am looking into how to fix it.
February 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by reinz It worked for bridesmaid totes!
These not only worked for the bridesmaids at my daughter's wedding, but also for the bride, and the mothers! We ordered the burlap (tan) with eggplant embroidery. We did some with initials and others with the first name. The women loved them! The wedding day requires one to tote around a lot of "stuff" and these fit the bill. Loved the combo of fabric with the leather handles. Thanks so much, Ballard Designs!
February 12, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lyndsey A little lower quality than expected
This tote was cute but the straps were lower quality than expected. Also, the burlap of the bag seemed to shed a bit. But overall it is a really cute tote bag, and a great variation on the canvas tote.
February 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by AShane Large tote bags - LOVE THEM!
I bought 5 large tote bags for my bridesmaids and now I really wish I bought one for myself! They are perfect! Bigger than I thought, the embroidery (free too!) looks great and I can't wait to give them to my girls! My only complaint is that they couldn't do embroidery on the longer names but I didn't even care that much about finding a local place to do it for me because I love the bags so much! Thank you!
February 8, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by mrselkins Disappointed, should have paid attention to bad reviews
I ordered three of these bags as Christmas gifts. I am disappointed with the "lime" green. It is not lime green - but pea green and not very appealing. The aqua is really pretty - exactly as pictured. One of my bags also had a hole near the monogram. Unfortunately I did not have time to try and return it for another one because it was too close to Christmas. I was a little embarrassed about giving them as gifts because they are very flimsy and just overall low quality.
February 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by ACES Great Tote Bag!
I received this bag as a gift and now use it as gifts for my friends and family. It's a great bag at a great price, it's always a big hit!
January 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by cndjn Great gift
I ordered these monogrammed bags to hold holiday gifts to hand out to family members. With all the color and monogram options, each person received a unique, personalized bag. I think they'd be great as beach bags, airplane carry-ons, or reusable shopping bags - due to the coarse jute texture, I don't think they'd be sufficient as a purse. For the price, they're a great deal.
January 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by StephinJersey This item was a gift to a family member
I ordered the bag for my sister-in law and she loves it!
January 26, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by jennsfroglegs Fun, inexpensive shopping bag
Bought this for a Christmas gift. Was happy with the quality for the price.
January 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by LizardB Great Bag!!
I have bought this (monogrammed) tote for gifts several times and the recipient always loves it. I finally bought one for myself and I love it too. I am ready to buy a few more as gifts.
January 19, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by jacqui personalized bag disappointed
I ordered this bag as a christmas gift and when ordering i entered the personalization of "K & J" when the bag arrived it said "KandJ". Not only was this not what i ordered but the "&" had been replaced with "and" which may not have been a problem if there had been proper spacing between it and the letters. Instead, It looks like one word and it was terribly disappointing as there was not time or order a replacement. The bag itself is great i just wish it hadnt been ruined by the change in personalization without any notification.
January 19, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by franksmom Happy with bag but monogram missed the mark...
I purchased the natural colored large tote bag for my mother-in-law as a Christmas gift. The bag looked perfect for a summer beach bag. To add a little extra flare I had her nickname monogrammed - RoRo. While my order asked for both r's to be capitalized, the bag I received only had the first r correctly capitalized. Unable to return monogrammed items, I was forced to give the bag to her, knowing the monogram was incorrect :(
January 17, 2012