Amy Michelle: So glad for my Gladiola

03/16/2008 at 07:00 AM ET

Gladiola In 2003, two girlfriends — Amy and Michelle — found themselves discussing diaper bags, and why it’s so difficult to find one that doesn’t sacrifice style for substance. From that conversation a company was born: The aptly named Amy Michelle. Four years later, the company offers up a diaper bag for just about every conceivable taste, as evidenced by the celebrity moms they’ve gifted — Angelina Jolie, Marcia Cross, Naomi Watts, Jillian Dempsey, and others. Amy Michelle is doing its best to give these moms, and moms everywhere, what may have previously eluded them — the best of both worlds. 

We recently tested the Gladiola Baby Bag Tote ($135) in black patent leather with rich red lining.  It’s part of Amy Michelle’s ‘Chic Baby Bag’ line, and I have to say, I’m in love! The bag is sophisticated but sassy; When I’m carrying it, I find myself with a little extra bounce in my step for sure. I was worried that the patent leather would be too flashy next to my normal ‘mom’ attire but it hasn’t been at all; The bag looks as great with a pair of jeans and flats while out running errands as it does with something a little fancier.  The interior fabric is a dramatic contrast to the bag’s exterior; I love the way the rich red lining pops against the black patent leather, and the red is just bright enough that you can find whatever it is you need inside the bag with ease.

Click "continue reading" for the entire Amy Michelle Gladiola Baby Bag Tote review.

With style firmly established, we turn to substance, and the Gladiola,not surprisingly, comes up big again.  Certain features are commonthroughout the Amy Michelle product line, like the ‘Mom’ section ofeach bag.  With the Gladiola, the ‘Mom’ section includes apocket for a day planner, a pocket for a cell phone as well as room forother Mom-essentials like credit card slots, and an easy-to-find keyring. 

But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of space for baby’s belongingsand diapering needs, too. Measuring 15.5L x 6W x 12.5H, the Gladiolaoffers compartments for diapers, wipes and bottles. In fact, withregard to the latter, there are pockets for bottles on both the insideand the outside of the bag.  Are you forever scrounging around thebottom of your diaper bag, searching for a binkie? The Gladiola offers a quick release pacifier holder. If I have a peeve with the Gladiola,it involves the fabric used for the changing pad cover. It’s the samefabric used for lining the bag — and it’s fine in that application –but for the changing pad cover I’d like to see something a littlesofter since it does come in contact with baby’s skin.  That said, thechanging pad cover is fully removable and washable, which I love, andthe changing pad is a good size at 24L x 14W.  Last but not least, the Gladiola comes with two Velcro loops for easy attachment to the back of baby’s stroller.  Whatever your needs, this bag has it covered.

Amy Michelle diaper bags are sold in specialty baby boutiquesand fine baggage stores throughout the world, as well as on select websites. Check their store locator for a store near you.

Exclusive for CBB Readers:  Save 15% and enjoy free shipping in the U.S. when you use coupon code ‘poppy’ at AmyMichelleBags.com. Offer expires 5/18/08.   

 

 

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