Is it a cross body? a backpack? a satchel? or a tote? How about all of them? How’s that for the ultimate workhorse stylish bag! Photograph by Senreve.

I define an IT bag differently.

Pop culture may classify this as the ‘designer staple’ or ‘must-have’ trendy bag of the moment.

I, however, need that IT bag to speak to me and answer one conundrum, “Of all the beautiful and bright, big and small, fancy and serious bags I see in the market, which is THE ONE that is stylish, completely functional, and amazingly sturdy that can be taken from work to play?”

This IT bag must match my on-the-go lifestyle. Because, like most women, I play many different roles, from wife to mom, to career woman, and to small business entrepreneur. So why wouldn’t I want a bag that can do it all?

Give me something that is stylish and chic…check! Timeless in design….check! Built with multi-uses and multi-functionality, ample room, and convenience….check! Stain-resistant, water-resistant, easy-to-clean, and will last me for at least a couple of decades…check!”

But alas I have not been so lucky finding this IT bag. I have probably accumulated nearly 40 in my wardrobe. But with each one I have to compromise style with function, or vice-versa.

However, thanks to the marketing prowess of social media I stumbled over something worth getting excited over.

Precisely a week ago, as I was resting in bed after a 10-hour work day, I turned on my iPad Pro and started browsing my Instagram feed. I follow a few fashion bloggers and seeing their stylish layouts usually relax me.

In one of the ad feeds I spot a gorgeous bag.

At first glance I thought it was a satchel.

I blinked and thought maybe it was a backpack.

Intrigued, I clicked the vendor site and realized the bag is actually all three – satchel, crossbody, and backpack!

But it was not a dingy bag. Quite the opposite! It was aesthetically beautiful! It had a minimalist vibe with clean lines, which is right along my fashion taste.

WHAT is this bag that is suddenly getting me all excited?

Senreve is a relatively new company…just about a year old. Its name is a portmanteau for the French words ‘sense’ and ‘dream’. They say, “We believe women are multifaceted and can have it all—no compromise necessary.” Photograph by Senreve.

IT is the Maestra, created by a year-old San Francisco based company called Senreve.

Senreve is an portmanteau, derived from the French words for “sense” and “dream”. The brand proudly relates their purpose, “Our brand is built upon the coexistence of dichotomies: everyday and fantasy, tradition and innovation, design and versatility—creating an elevated experience that defies trade-offs. We believe women are multifaceted and can have it all—no compromise necessary.”

And in describing their bag design process they say, “Senreve was born when, as rising female professionals, we found ourselves in search of the perfect luxury handbag. We were seeking something that was beautiful and feminine, but also versatile enough to keep up with our everyday lives. However, we discovered most designer bags didn’t fully consider all of these needs, so we decided to take matters into our own hands….With Senreve, women are now free to go about their day with ease, empowered to better live their busy, modern lifestyles. From phone and wallet to laptop and lipstick—finally a beautiful bag that knows how to multitask..”

My goodness? Did they read my mind? They just perfectly defined what my ideal IT bag means!

But here is the surprising fact:  the Senreve creators are not fashion designers. They do not have an accessories creative background. They do not even have degrees in design.

Instead they have impressive accolades in in Ivy-league schools and experience in the corporate industry. Creating this perfect handbag required the due diligence in understanding what women who are always on the go really need. And by no means was this a small task. According to their interview with the San Francisco chronicle, the Senreve Founders Coral Chung and Wendy Wen came up with a few dozen sketches. Then they tested prototypes with hundreds of women in their network.

The Senreve Doctor Bag boxy-style satchel that can also be worn as a cross-body or held as a tote. It so roomy that it can accommodate an iPad! Photograph by Senreve.

The result is the Maestra, which is a multi-functional, stunning,and innovative design that SIMPLY GETS IT.

I was drawn to three basic things:

(1) Can be worn many ways yet still very sleek, eye-catching, and very impressive in design – Can hold a laptop (15 or 13 inches), has roomy compartments, and has ample space without looking too bulky.

BUT just because it can carry my work essentials does not mean the design looks utilitarian. No way. I want a showstopper piece because my bag is an extension of my wardrobe. It is has an important role in showcasing my personal style.

(2) No logo screaming at you – Personally I think the flashy design is antiquated. To have an IT bag with logos all over is really not my style. I prefer a minimalist yet stunning design that utilizes subtlety in branding.

This appears to be the preference of the Millennials and even established fashion mavens as most have recently gravitated toward the aesthetics of Mansur Gavriel, Everlane, Ssense, COS, Manufacture Pascal, and the like.

(3) Quality craftsmanship with a luxurious feel that is comparable to the likes of black label designer brands – The main three bag offerings of Senreve, the Maestra, the Doctor, and the Voya Tote have a base price of $895.

One might double take at the price. I certainly did, but then I began to read the story of how it is produced.

Foremost, it is 100% manufactured in Italy using the same factories that make Balenciaga and Fendi. The materials used are high-quality, such as Italian water-resistant leather (pebbled or long-grain finish) and a stain-resistant micro-suede interior.

The Senreve Voya Tote is so roomy it is the perfect traveling companion! It also comes in a micro-suede removable laptop compartment that can fit up to a 15 inch laptop! Photograph by Senreve.

In my recent business trip to the Newport Coast, I stopped by the stores of Vuitton, Gucci, Balenciaga, Fendi, Chanel, Celine, Dior, Hermes, and many others at the South Coast Plaza Mall, notoriously known as the favored dwelling of celebrities and the elite. The bags I saw were of course very captivating, but they run you north of $2,000 all the way to the high five digits.

Granted Senreve should not really be compared to brands that have been established for decades, some even centuries. Which is why the $895 price point should be considered from a design and manufacturing perspective.

The craftsmanship of Senreve is absolutely comparable to luxury labels and thus a real investment buy. Its per-use over time more than compensates the cost.

Think of it as four or five standard bags that you have in your closet that you could do away with just by having that one impeccably manufactured and head-turning workhorse handbag.

So the big question is…did I buy? 

I have always been known to be very prudent and tactical in my purchases, and thus, I decided to sleep on it and do further research.

But the more I read the feature articles of the bag, the reviews from bloggers, and interviews from the Senreve founders, I felt the gravitational pull to be strong.

When you find several IT bags…why only get one? Not me. Could not help but get two – the Maestra and the Doctor! The one in this pic was just shipped to me and I could not be more happier! It is impeccable! The Maestra is sold out, but fortunately I do not have to wait that long to get mine. Just a little delay, but I do not mind. When I have waited this long to find a real IT bag, what’s a week or two?

Then I consulted my husband. He was actually amused. He told me that for the several times he offered to have me select whatever I want from the LV or Gucci store I would always turn him down. And my reason was because I hesitate to spend on something that I really did not feel was the IT bag for me. Mind you, I have my fair share of LV, Celine, Gucci, Prada, and Dior, but truth be told I do not use them often. If I brought them to work I would require another bag just to carry my other essentials.

So why hold back now when I finally found IT, not only in the Maestra, but also in the other bag designs too (i.e. the Doctor and Voya Tote)?

Well, you already know what happened next. My all enthused glee is seen all over my social media.

Let’s just say I am emphatically thrilled that the IT bag I was looking for is fulfilled by Senreve.

And, not only am I a paying customer, but I also offered them complimentary Ad placements on my blog with NO affiliate links or commissions. In my own little way, I want to help further the brand name of Senreve so that more women can know what they are about and patronize their wares.

Not that they really need a lot of help. In less than a year after they launched, they have been praised by several publications, such InStyle, The San Francisco Chronicle, Racked, Fast Company, Refinery 29, People.com, W, Elle Magazine, Glamour, Entrepreneur, and many more.

Their bags have sold-out and have placed several on a wait-list. Consumers are responding positively and I can only wish the company continued success. When one creates a solution for multi-faceted women without compromising on quality, style, and function, how can they go wrong?  

Isn’t it great when there are products out there that can give women all that they want?

62 Responses to Senreve: The Perfect IT Bag for Women On The Go

  1. robin rue says:

    How have I never heard of these bags?? They sound amazing. I HAVE to have one. I need to go tell my husband that I want one so he can start thinking about Mother’s Day!

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      I just received my first one…the Doctor Bag. I was nervous because I had only seen photographs of it. But oh my…to see it in person. I have no regrets! Love it! Can’t wait to get my Maestra…but it is currently on wait list. 🙂

  2. That is an awesome bag. It looks good with any outfit. Very versatile.

  3. Ana De-Jesus says:

    I am exactly the same and don’t care about trends as long as it is going to help me out! I like my IT bag to be ‘different’, functional and above all cruelty free as I do not use any animal products x

  4. That looks like a great bag, and you know what? I’m totally in the market for a new one! Mine is finally past the point of no repair.

  5. Karen Morse says:

    Three-way bags are awesome and I love the versatility! I think it’s really nice that you get to use it as you please. It’s definitely worth it!

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      I know Karen…I feel the same way. My ideal is that it is versatile BUT it cannot look utilitarian. I want something with a luxurious and impeccably designed bag. 🙂 Glad Senreve has that. 🙂

  6. I, like you, have a fond love of good handbags. I have a couple of LVs as well, but love the Neverful – like LOVE this size bag – the BIG one. It is my IT bag. But I have carried it forever. Everyone always asks me if I ever get a new one – it’s SO old, but I just love it so much. Glad you found yours

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      The LV Monogram GM Neverfull is absolutely lovely! It’s actually an LV bag that my hubby wanted to get for me but I was the one who turned him down. I love the design of the bag, but functionally it was difficult to organize my contents. I am glad you love it. Wish it was an IT bag for me, but alas not so. But I am thrilled with the Senreve. 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  7. That looks like a great bag. I’m not one to really carry a large bag, so I use a smaller one, but this is really great for those that like to carry larger bags.

  8. This is bag is amazing. I’m not a huge purse fan, but I need a bag for my multiple roles and this would be it. It looks beautiful. How have ai never heard of them before.

  9. I love stylish and versatile bags like this, it’s worth the purchase! I think this one’s really adorable and I love that it can also be a backpack!

  10. I really think I need this bag! This is the bag to end all bags!

  11. reesa says:

    I have never heard of this bag before! But it looks so stylish and pretty! I love how you can use it!

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      I love spreading the word on companies that make great products. My post above is not a sponsored campaign. Just good old-fashion product feature of companies I stumble upon. I really hope they thrive for many many years!

  12. This sounds like a great purse/bag/satchel. I love that it can be cross-body as well, because there are so many times I want it close to me, but also be hands-free.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      When I get my Maestra it will really be a workhorse basic. Planning to use it for my iPad Pro and other blogging tools. When I want to be a photographer for a day it makes a great camera bag. And when I am business travel it can house all my necessities.

  13. It’s a beautiful bag and I am in love with the millennial pink color one. The price tag is steep but for a bag like this one, it may well be worth it.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Hi Terri…one of the difficult tasks was to choose the color! They are all amazing! Eventually I had to go with the least common bag color in my closet (White Maestra and Blush Doctor). I have received the Blush Doctor and I am so in love with the hue!

  14. I am a sucker for a good bag! I love versatility, especially since I have to carry around diapers and baby stuff, but I like to still be cute and not look like a grandma bag

  15. I have a HUGE purse obsession! I would love to buy one for every outfit if I could! I need a few more!

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Hi Brittany…if I did not sell, give, or donate my bags through the years I would have amassed a lot. I try to clean out my closet at least twice a year. I want lesser items but more good use of them. 🙂

  16. It is so hard to find that IT bag. Probably why we all have so many bags. Even though I still like to have small bags for those nights out, I love a good bag that is multifunction and can be used every day. These bags look incredibly well made. I love the satchel, backpack option.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      You said it Cindy! Actually I am changing my purchasing philosophy. I want more quality things that can last me over a decade. Buy less, so to speak. The 40+ bags in my closet…apart from the ones given to me as gifts and ones that are used for evening events…I plan to sell them, give, or donate them.

  17. Serena Lissy says:

    How have I never seen this bag before?!? I have so many bags and none of them do it all. Going to check this out. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      You are very welcome Serena! I took a risk by buying without seeing the bag in person. And now that I have one of them I am ecstatic on the luxurious built. It is absolutely impeccable 🙂

  18. MarciaF says:

    That is a fabulous bag and it looks like it’s your everything. I haven’t heard of the brand but I want to know more!

  19. HilLesha says:

    The blush pink is so beautiful! I probably have enough handbags, but I wouldn’t having something like that. 🙂

  20. Jeanine says:

    Whoa I am loving this bag. So gorgeous. I love the colours too. I could really use a new bag and this one looks perfect the right size and everything!

  21. This bag would be the perfect bag for my daughter! I have been looking every where for the perfect gift for her. She works, has 4 children and a hubby plus goes to school. She does not have time to switch up bags and she usually does her homework at lunch so the need is there.

  22. rememberkim@verizon.net says:

    Yes, I’ve got to have a big bag to carry my stuff…and my son’s stuff. I like this pastel colors too.

  23. What a gorgeous bag! I love the pink pastel one. It looks big enough to hold all the stuff I need.

  24. Amanda says:

    What a gorgeous bag! This would be perfect for me because I don’t carry around a diaper bag anymore but I need a bag that is big enough to carry some items for my kids.

  25. Love that this bag is cute and functional!

  26. I do love that this bag doesns’t have to have a logo screaming at you. So many purses seem to be more about the logo than the actual function.

  27. Dogvills says:

    When I buy a bag, I always put purpose over style. However, if I can have both, then why not! The Senreve bag is THE bag for women! I am sad that it has sold out though. Maybe they’ll have it in stock after the holidays. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  28. It’s not easy to find handbags in pastel colors! I am seeing a lot of bright colors in the market. I love the pink tote bag and it looks really stylish. I am not surprised that these are sold out…

  29. I am obsessed with that bag! It is the perfect size and screams luxury! I need one in every color!

  30. Elizabeth O says:

    Those bags are so stylish and perfect for everyday use. I really adore the design of it and very versatile.

  31. I love it! It looks like such a useful and fashionable purse. I would love to use it.

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