Review: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel

Finally, I have gotten around to writing a full review on my beloved 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel per reader request. Truthfully, I never really considered writing a review on this because I didn’t think anyone was all that interested, plus Elle does a pretty good job of it here. But I supposed, everyone loves to read as many opinions on something as they can, so here is my take. I fell in love with this bag quite a few years ago. I don’t have a whole lot of disposable income (thank you, student loans!), so I am very selective when it comes to splurging on items. I generally allow myself one big purchase per year, usually, for my birthday. My birthday is in November, so I have had this bag long enough to write a good review on it.

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Size: I have the full-size satchel and it’s big. And I like it that way even on my small 5’1 frame. I’m not a huge fan of small bags, I’m of the belief that I should “go big, or go home”. Measured it is: 15″ x 11.5″ x 4.5″.

The vertical zipper is functional giving a little more room at the top, if necessary. Personally, I don’t need that much space.

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There is a 5″ drop from the top of the bag to the handstrap. The hand strap is not long enough to wear comfortably over the shoulder like a tote:

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I have the ability to do it, because my arms are the size of toothpicks, butit isn’t all that comfortable. Personally, when I’m carrying a lot of heavy stuff, I like to use a tote.  This bag on it’s own is kind of on the heavy side. It’s fine for me because I’m used to heavy bags, however, when I start tossing things in there like, an umbrella and a lunch (which for me is usually in a glass container), this thing gets crazy heavy for a daily commute that involves a bit of walking. For that reason, I generally only carry this bag when I’m not carrying a lunch. Actual weight empty is about 2 lbs according to several websites, although I did not weigh this myself.

It does come with an adjustable  cross-body strap but I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to cross body bags, as they they tend to hurt my shoulder. I didn’t measure, but if you refer to retail websites, they say the strap measures 19″ to 23″.  It also has a little clasp around the handstraps, which is a nice detail. I rarely use it, but it’s nice to have that option when you set the bag down.

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Quality: This shark-embossed leather is extremely durable and resists scratches. At first, I thought I had wanted the smooth leather, but I realized it was too hard to keep scratch-free so I opted for the textured version, and I don’t regret  it. The bottom, like most other bags will sink if too many things are carried, so I put in two pieces of cardboard in the bottom to hold its shape. Also, when storing, if you don’t hang the bag, the sides will have a tendency to sink over time despite being a made of a very thick cowhide leather. It is also fully lined, with what appears to be a reasonably thick polyester-like material. Overall it’s very sturdy, however, I will mention the closure is prone to scratches, which is probably not a surprise. Also the ability to close it can be a bit annoying for some. For me, I don’t really care if I can’t shut it in a snap. If you line up the clasp properly it close very easily, but sometimes you do have to fumble around with it, particularly if the bag is mostly empty.

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Look: As I mentioned, I love the look of this bag. It’s a great size for me, and it’s both work appropriate and has a bit of edge, as well. The inside is also black, so it’s not always the easiest find things inside. It has one small zipper pocket inside where I can fit my train and work passes. Is it classic? It depends on your style, I suppose. I do not purchase handbags that often, and I do see myself using this for years to come. I’ve always loved a minimal and edgy look and I don’t think that will ever change. It is still also sells out on many websites season after season, so its popularity doesn’t seem to waning.

Overall: I’m very happy. I do wish I was able to carry it more often  but I am unable due to its weight with all my daily “junk”, but I still love it. If you would like to buy one, check it out below. 3.1 Philip Lim comes out with awesome variations every season. Some more photos for good measure:

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Some other Pashli options below!


  1. Melissa July 17, 2014

    Hi there!

    Love the blog and am a fellow Canadian, but from Montreal. Just wondering what bag do use when you do bring your lunch in a glass container? I Have the same problem as I have a bit of a commute too and usually carry my lunch in a glass container and its all so heavy. Your thoughts on how to best carry everything stylishly would be awesome 🙂


  2. Cher July 21, 2014

    Hi Melissa! I actually use a Cole Haan Carry-All Tote. I think it’s the Village Tote? I prefer large, very sturdy, simple (plain?) totes for every day. I can easily just throw stuff in it, toss the bag around, throw it over my shoulder, and not worry about getting it dirty or whether it matches with what I’m wearing! It has held up very well considering what I’ve put it through. I was looking at Cole Haan’s current carry-all style the other day, actually. It’s called the Rigby, and it has a lot of potential as a good sturdy, every day carry-all. I hope that helps!

  3. Liz August 5, 2014

    Thanks so much! Great review!

  4. Maria October 14, 2014

    Lovely review! I am looking to buy the bag but i am a bit torn between the medium sized and this large one. I want to use the bag as an everyday bag to uni, so my Macbook air 13″ needs to fit in there along with a couple of books. Do you think a macbook 13″ would fit comfortably in the large sized one?
    Thank you in advance 🙂

  5. Cher October 14, 2014

    Yes, it will definitely fit! I have a 13″ Macbook (not Air), and it fits with room to spare!

  6. Maria October 16, 2014

    Thank you very much! Then I will go for the large one 🙂

  7. La French Lady January 5, 2015

    Thanks for that review ! Do you think the medium size is also that heavy ?

  8. Cher January 25, 2015

    I have no idea! Probably not *as* heavy but still heavy.

  9. Ali November 18, 2015

    Hi there! is your bag easy to be scratch? Mine got scratch at the handle after a week. I felt really bad coz i just hold my bag close to me so i dont know how it happen. Do you think phillip lim leather is genuine? I emailed Phillip Lim customer care but they replied that because i did not buy in their authorized retailer so they cant help, in my opinion, despite of i buy phillip lim bag in a different retailer but the brand’s still belong to phillip lim right? I’m so disappointed right now. I just wondering that is everyone in the same situation as mine or just only me

  10. Amanda April 11, 2016

    Wish you wouldve taken a photo of yourself wearing the bag. We are almost the same height (me being slightly shorter) and i really wanna see the bag on you. Im planning to get this bag in medium but im afraid it will be too bulky for me.

    • Cher April 11, 2016

      Amanda, if you check out any of my other posts, I wear this bag almost literally every third post. GL on your bag search!

  11. Nancy November 26, 2016

    Would you be able to share an updated review now that you’ve had the bag for a few years? I bought mine for everyday/office use but I’m curious to see how the quality holds over the years. I’ve had some luxury bags that aged poorly and I was super disappointed, considering the amount of dough I spent on the bag

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