Maruca Design – Purses with Pizazz! Review

When friends of mine wax poetic about a favorite product, I’m all ears!  It was an excited Facebook post from Jennifer, a friend from high school, that put me on to Maruca Designs in Boulder, Colorado.  Jennifer was talking about how gorgeous Maruca’s purses were, and how thrilled she was to have acquired a few more.  I had to check these purses out! I logged on to Maruca’s website, and I too, was wowed with their hip, funky, jacquard fabric purses!

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Just look at these beauties!

A Little About Maruca Design Purses and Accessories

The Maruca design house team views each bag they create as a usable work of art–and how right they are!  Their designers create the beautiful, unique woven jacquard patterns which are then milled for Maruca right here in the US of A.  All of Maruca’s products are then handmade in Colorado.  I was hopeful that the purses and accessories I saw on Maruca’s website would be just as beautiful in person.  In truth, they were even more amazing in person that on line!  🙂

Maruca gave me three items from their product line to review:

Maruca Design’s Victoria Tote

I had been eyeing one of the big name fabric purse lines in the weeks prior to receiving the Maruca products.  I like the idea of a patterned fabric tote.  But I also like the idea of not having the same purse everyone else has.  Having seen the Maruca products on line and in person, I find the Maruca purses much prettier than other brands that are on the market.  Maruca’s  jacquard patterns are rich, fun, and sophisticated all rolled up in one!

photo of Maruca Design's Victoria Tote
Maruca's Victoria Tote

And, as a mom, I tend to have everything but the kitchen sink in my purse, so a bag that is nicely sized with out being a suitcase is right up my alley.   The Victoria is comfortable to carry, and has a ton of space.  I love that the base of the purse is smaller than the top–it gives it a great aesthetic, and also seems to encourage items in the bottom of the purse to “pop up” higher in the bag so I can find them more easily.  It has a nice, deep outside pocket where I’ve been storing my cell phone for easy access – it could easily handle a water bottle or baby bottle.   Another small pocket tucked into the lining of the purse is great for keys, lipstick, etc…  A zipper in the top keeps all my necessities (and Lila’s snacks) safe and sound.

I adore the flower pattern and striped accent fabric – whimsical and so usable!  I fell in love with this purse at first sight, and it’s been at my side since it was delivered about a month ago.  Ever had a purse that just felt right, just felt like you?  That’s the Victoria for me.  I’ve had several friends compliment me on this purse as well.  🙂

Maruca Design’s Possibility Bag

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Endless Possibilities with Maruca's Possibility Bag

What first drew me to this bag were the rich, varied prints.  How can this bag NOT catch your eye?!  But upon closer inspection, I also found I love this purse for its many compartments!  This is a smaller bag, but isn’t small on style or function.  It’s two zippers on the front side reveal two generous storage spaces – I think perfect for sunglasses, cameras, wallets, and the like.  The inside pocket goes about half way down the length of the purse, and would also be great for storing phones, keys, lipstick, glasses, etc…  The big surprise is the deep pocket at the backside of the purse that runs almost the entire length of the purse.  It’s definitely big enough for a water bottle or baby bottle.  This bag just screams vacation to me.  Its many pockets hold more than you’d think, and also keep your items organized.  No more digging!  This is a great purse for the lady who feels that less is more when it comes to handbags.

Maruca Design’s BonBon

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Maruca's little treasure, the BonBon

It really is a little treat!  Perfect for the gal that really only likes to carry the bare minimum.  Keys can be hooked on to the attached ring, necessary IDs and cash can be zipped inside, and this little gem still has 2 extra pockets for a lip gloss, pack of gum, or whatever you desire.   I like the BonBon for heading to the pool, a quick dash to the store, or anytime when I still need the essentials, but don’t want to carry a full purse.   Again, the fun, interesting fabrics make this little diddy extra special.

Form and function truly combine in each of these designs to create a superior product.  Sometimes products out there look good, but don’t perform well.  With Maruca designs, you get the best of both worlds – gorgeous,  stylish fabrics, and well thought out designs that combine to make a top notch product.

New Designs Coming Soon!

As if the gorgeous designs that I’ve featured arent’ enough, Maruca is due to release their Fall Collection in early July.  The fall fabric designs are inspired by nature itself:  seed pods, river rocks, woodgrains and botanicals infuse their Fall/Winter Collection.  If you’d like a sneak peak of the upcoming collection, check out their Facebook page! There you can find a gorgeous ipad sleeve and jewelry rolls that would make fantastic gifts!  And, while you’re there, why not “like” Maruca Designs?!

Purchase Maruca Design Purses and Accessories

You can purchase Maruca products directly from their website,, 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).  Maruca’s Facebook page also features a special through the end of June – purchase a handbag, and get a Heidi Wallet free with your purchase – just mention the post on their Facebook page.  Not bad, eh?!

Win Maruca Design’s Possibility Bag – A $60 Value (Cl0sed)

Updated: 7-11-11 Winner Announced: Kathy Pease

Maruca Design is treating one lucky Akron Ohio reader to their own Possibility bag, identical to the one I reviewed above.

Important Links to enter this contest: on Facebook, on Twitter | Google Friend Connect | Maruca’s website

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Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on July 8, 2011 when a winner will be drawn at random. I will notify the winners and they will have 36 hours to respond!

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.

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