Handbag Review: The Morgan Oakley Ditch
See If This New Designer Handbag Stands Up to Wear & Tear Without Fail!
Retail Price: $345 - $390, $500 for Patent version
The Sale: $248 for the Metallic version
Where You Can Get One: Lisa Kline, Morgan Oakley
The Ditch by Morgan Oakley
| Morgan Oakley is a relatively new designer based in Los Angeles and dealing exclusively in handbags. Avoiding overused logo bags like Coach or Louis Vuitton, Morgan Oakley stands out in the competitive accessory market thanks to serious word of mouth; which left me wondering, does the handbag match the hype? Being touted as an unpretentious label with bags actually worth paying full price for, Morgan Oakley has developed a cult following that is quickly spreading to the mainstream thanks to one bag - the Ditch (which also comes in a smaller size aptly called the Baby Ditch). |
After being listed on several “Top Ten” and “Must-Have” lists, the Ditch began appearing on television. The latest sighting was on NBC’s new drama Lipstick Jungle, where fictional fashionista Victory Ford sported the gold metallic version (a serious must-have for this spring). Soft leather set off by a signature brass ring detail and available in every color of the rainbow, the Morgan Oakley Ditch was an absolute must for my handbag obstacle course.
The Ditch Handbag, Round One: Size Test
During the first round, I pushed the Ditch to max capacity to see how much it could hold, just in case I ever needed to use it as a carry-all. My 14.1 inch laptop in its neoprene sleeve went in first, followed by my large wallet, coin purse, makeup bag, umbrella, lotion, Helio, magazines, altoids, keys, and a scarf. Completely filled to bursting, the bag was ridiculously heavy and the rolled leather straps were digging into my shoulder. But I don’t blame the bag; all that stuff including a computer is more than you would put in your average handbag anyway.
The Ditch Handbag, Round Two: Kid Durability Test
| Round two is always important for me when getting a new bag; this is when I take it to my job as a Nanny and see if it can withstand a day in a house full of kids. I removed my laptop and rearranged the rest of the junk inside by sticking things in my Purse-To-Go (PTG), a really handy purse organizer that makes switching bags seamless and easy! Without so much weight and clutter, I was beginning to think that I could definitely use this bag for everyday. |
After showing off the beautiful Cobalt Blue (sometimes called Electric Blue or just plain Blue by retailers) leather to my boss, I laid the bag down on the counter where I normally stash my stuff. One of the boys ran in and proceeded to drop a fork on the bag - tines down. No scratch! Without my laptop in it, I was even able to throw in some kid necessities (like tissues, wipes, juice boxes, etc.), making it possible to leave the "kiddie bag" behind.
The Ditch Handbag, Round Three: The School Test
| Having taken this semester off, I had to run the school test in a different way by taking the bag to a reading group at my public library. At first things were going well - the Ditch had no problem carrying my notebooks and the novel we were working on, in addition to all my other necessities. I was starting to the think that the large rolled straps were actually helping my shoulders to carry the weight. But then I realized that without a purse organizer, the Ditch is a bit of a bottomless pit. With a loose-fitting and semi-attached silk lining, things like pens and coins can become hopelessly lost. |
I also began to wish that Morgan Oakley bags came with dust bags (they currently do not), as I was worried about where I could safely sit my purse while in class. Heaven forbid my brilliant blue bag would eventually fade and dry out because of my lack of care!
Conclusion: Is the Ditch a Keeper?
In the end, I found the Morgan Oakley Ditch to be a beautiful bag made of high quality leather. Its large size made carrying many items possible but not always easy, unless you plan on religiously using a purse organizer. The durability of such a soft leather was a pleasant surprise, as were the rolled leather handles that help cushion the weight of a full bag. The single, centered snap closure makes popping extras in and out incredibly easy; but on the flip side, it also makes spilling things just as easy and infinitely more irritating. The unstructured style and lack of a firm bottom make resting the bag anywhere virtually impossible, but that’s what you get with a true hobo bag. Its many rich color options, soft leathers, and unique styling make the Ditch a bag I can see myself carrying in many different settings. So now that you know the details, try it out for yourself!
Article Written by: Cassie Lilly