As I mentioned in the Storksak Olivia review, I found that the bag was a little small so I couldn’t resist getting the Kate Spade Stevie (which I had seen another Mom carry at a playgroup) when a friend called me to tell me that it was on major sale at the Kate Spade Outlets.
I just started using the bag and here are my initial impressions.
What I Love
I love that it is wider than the Storksak Olivia! I can actually put things in the pockets and there is still a roomy center area to put things like an extra outfit and toys. The interior is a beige color which is nice because it isn’t a dark cavern of black fabric making it impossible to look for something.
I also love the print that I bought, which is the “Stucco” jacquard fabric. The fabric feels luxurious and I think its a little more fashionable than the Storksak. It definitely looks more like a purse than a diaper bag. It really is a beautiful bag.
It also comes in lots of different prints and some are in a nylon fabric that is probably a little easier to clean. The purse also came with a matching change pad which is a tad longer than the Storksak change pad.
What I Dislike
I don’t love that there are fewer pockets overall. There are 2 gusseted pockets on one side of the bag, 1 elasticized pocket on the opposite side of the bag and 2 bottle pockets on either end. There is also a zippered flat pocket. There are also no pockets with closures on the exterior of the bag — the leather tie down doesn’t get very tight either, so I wouldn’t put anything that might fall out there. It would really have been great if they put a zippered flat pocket on the back side of the bag for easy access to a cell phone.
The bag also doesn’t come with a shoulder strap. Instead there are stroller straps. However, you could easily buy a shoulder strap and hook it onto the stroller strap attachment.
The retail price is also a big drawback. At the regular price of $348-418 (depending on the print), I feel that it is overpriced. That being said, this bag can occasionally be found on sale for somewhere between $130-250. KateSpade.com occasionally has surprise or sample sales and they have included the Stevie in a variety of prints in the past. I was able to score my bag for around $120 at a local Outlet store which I think is a great price on a quality purse/diaper bag.
My needs have definitely changed since the newborn stage so we’ll see if I miss the extra pockets or not. I really, really like the styling of the bag so I’m really happy to give it a try!