1⃣ My BigSkinny leather Panther clutch in Coral Pink in its packaging
Five stars for arriving a mere 24 hours after I ordered it! (I live in Cainta.) Kudos to BigSkinny and LBC! Also, I had contacted the BigSkinny.PH site twice prior to ordering to ask about available stocks, and Dianne (their wallet specialist on chat duty) was very helpful.
Opening my package was a real treat, too! There is nothing quite like the feel and SMELL of real leather! (BigSkinny’s leather line is made from top-grain cowhide.)
2⃣ BigSkinny EMPTY v Guess FULL
3⃣ BigSkinny FULL v Guess EMPTY
I had built up quite the level of expectation for my BigSkinny clutch after reading so many rave reviews on the brand and its products, as well as hearing my husband’s (repeated) personal endorsement of it. (Husband is the proud and happy owner of a black BigSkinny multi bi-fold.) While my wallet conversion experience did not quite match the near-miraculous slim-down achieved by dozens of other satisfied customers* (and I did end up missing my old wallet’s extra compartments and card slots), ultimately, BigSkinny delivered on its promise of a slimmer, lighter wallet — that resulted in a slimmer and lighter bag for me! (Yay!) In fact, by my estimation, my regular go-to bag lost about a third of its bulk after I changed wallets! This ‘enabled’ me (ehem) to stuff even more things into my bag! (Poor bag, and poor shoulder carrying the bag!)
*(I think this is because my old wallet had a clutch design, too, as opposed to others having a tri-fold/checkbook-type wallet or something similar.)
4⃣ A better look at BigSkinny FULL v Guess EMPTY
5⃣ My old wallet’s extra zippered compartment
BigSkinny’s Panther clutch is super thin and super light, but roomy enough to hold all of your bills, coins, cards, receipts, and even your cellphone! This is a HUGE deal for moms sprinting between home, her kids’ school/s, the grocery, the bank, and back on a daily basis! You can even choose to ditch your bag completely because with the Panther clutch — which also comes with a short, detachable strap that turns it into a wristlet — you have all of your essentials literally on hand (well, on your wrist).
It comes in several bright colors, as well as your more standard black and brown, which makes it a fashionable (and functional!) accessory for casual or formal occasions. You can also choose between its patented super-thin nylon micro-fiber clutches (which the company boasts are water-resistant and machine-washable — something worth paying for if you’ve got small kids!), or a leather hybrid version like the one I bought.
Some things I want to point out from my personal experience:
My old wallet was thicker and bigger than the BigSkinny, BUT its size and stiff material and construction also allowed me to fit my mobile plus a mini stylus in it comfortably and without fear of the coins in the inner zippered compartment constantly activating the phone’s lockscreen (stays locked but constantly consuming battery).
Also, my old wallet had two card slots more than BigSkinny, which helped me find my cards more easily because there were fewer cards in each slot, and I could keep my ATM cards in separate slots. (I like putting my ATM cards in individual pockets because I want to avoid scratching their magnetic strips any more than they have to be.)
And, as I already mentioned, I did end up missing the extra zippered compartment my old wallet had because that’s where I used to keep the key to my mobile’s sim card slot, a tiny pill or two of my emergency meds, and a ‘lucky’ commemorative coin I found. I didn’t want to put them in the BigSkinny’s inner zippered pocket because the key and the pills might be smooshed by the coins, and I might end up accidentally using that commemorative coin (haha); they might accidentally fall out of the larger main compartments when I open the clutch.
(The BigSkinny clutch is also a bit lopsided on two corners because of the stitching, but my husband said it was just me obsessing; I don’t notice it at all anymore.)
- Overall Satisfaction? TOTAL.
- Value for Money? 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
- Will I order from BigSkinny again? YES.
- My BigSkinny Wish List:
- More designs/colors, especially in leather
- An extra compartment/pocket or two (I think the light and soft material will offset any slight increase in weight and/or size.)
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