It arrived today :)
Can you see me smiling?
There's so much to love about this bag. It's very different from what I was imagining and different from what I thought I experienced when I thought I checked out the PCBP at the factory. Let me digress.
For one, though it's a rectangle, the way the seams are bound and turned it kind of rounds over at the edges and looks less like a rectangle. For aesthetics this is a good thing. Though rectangles are great for fitting things together, they aren't the most flattering shape.
Secondly, the straps are much less anemic than I thought. They are rather wide at the shoulder area and then are narrow where they attach to the bottom of the bag. This equates to comfort. Nobody likes binding straps pressing into their shoulders.
Lastly it's scale. For some reason I envision this looking elongated and out of proportion. I don't know if it's the diagonal pocket or just how the translation of a photo is different than real life, but the bag doesn't look out of proportion at all IRL.
I haven't carried it anywhere, it just arrived after I had returned from running today's errands. I do like it a lot. I want to find a way to lock the zippers together to ensure I don't loose anything out of the low zipping sides. I think a small carabeener will work though. I just need to find one small enough.
On another note, my mom's Christmas pressie was also in the box. I'm so excited for her to let me know what she thinks about her Cardinal LS. It's gorgeous. It's not my color, but it's a beautiful bag! I wish I was going to be there to give it to her in person.