I get excited whenever a package arrives at my door, don’t you? When I see the Maruca Designs return address on a box, however, my heart REALLY starts pumping! I love their textile handbags and accessories (see my 2011 review here). They are handmade with the perfect blend of whimsy, sophistication, functionality, and last but not least…style. In my opinion, Maruca bags are much more fashion-forward and distinctive looking than the other big name fabric handbag company out there. So, when Marauca Design asked me to review two of their latest designs, the Go Baby Diaper/Travel Bag and the iPad/E Reader Sleeve, I was thrilled to oblige.
About Maruca Design
Maruca Design is a small group of artisans in Boulder, Colorado, that design their own fantastic patterned fabrics and handbags. Their jacquard fabrics are milled for them right here in the USA. All of their products, from handbags to jewelry rolls to iPad Sleeves, are handmade. Maruca comes out with new fabric patterns each Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer. I have to admit to drooling each time I scroll through their fabric choices on line!
The Maruca Go Baby Diaper/Travel Bag – Not Just for Moms of Babies!
Maruca’s customers have been asking for them to design a diaper bag. I knew it would be a great looking, great functioning diaper bag. But, with my youngest child being an almost 5 year old, I figured I’d be sharing the diaper bag with a friend who has a baby or toddler. That is, until I got my hands on the Go Baby Bag! Let me tell you, ladies, this is one awesome bag that serves way more than one purpose! Yes, it is a gorgeous, stylish diaper bag, but it really looks more like a messenger bag than your typical run of the mill diaper bag.
In fact, it looks so great, that I decided to keep the bag for myself, and had to fight off my forth grader, who wanted it as her school bag, and my mom, who wanted it as a great carry-on travel bag. I used the Go Baby bag when we traveled on spring break in March. It had plenty of space for a change of clothes, some snacks for the plane ride, books and magazines for reading, my wallet, important travel documents, and two special spaces for water bottles or baby bottles. I felt like a million bucks with the Go Baby bag strapped on my shoulder. I’ve used it since as an overnight bag, and as a bag to hold my laptop and my AOM “stuff” when I blog away from home.
Here are some of the Go Baby Diaper/Travel Bag’s design features:
- 2 exterior pockets for baby/water bottles
- Outer large pocket with zipper
- Main storage compartment with zipper
- 2 stylish front pockets great for a couple diapers or board books in each
- Wipable, water-resistant lining
Maruca Design’s iPad/E-Reader Sleeve
As soon as my daughter saw the iPad/E-reader sleeve I was sent, she began vying for it! I wasn’t at all surprised – it’s a cute as can be! The blend of different colored and patterned fabrics is cheery, and has such a custom look to it. The sleeve is designed to fit the iPad, and most e-readers. My daughter’s Nook Color fits in it perfectly.
I like the sleeve not only for its great looks, but for its protective features too. It’s lined with a padded fabric, and is finished off on the inside with a water-resistant liner. I feel better knowing that an accidental drop of her Nook will have less impact because of the padding. The Maruca sleeve also has a zippered front pocket that is perfect for storing the charger. Once again, Maruca thinks of everything!
Purchase Maruca Design Purses and Accessories
You can purchase Maruca products directly from their website,www.marucadesign.com, by contacting them toll free at 1.800.344.2595, or by visiting one of your local retailers that carry Maruca Design’s line of products (see Maruca’s website for list of retailers across the nation that carry their products).
Win One of Five $20 Maruca Gift Cards (Cl0sed)
Maruca Designs is generously providing a $20 Maruca gift card to five AOM readers! Enter to win one of them!
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This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Maruca who provided us with the products for review and giveaway.