Givenchy Mini Pandora Messenger Bag in Black + Farfetch Review

I haven't done a review of a handbag on my blog before! But I have so much to say about the bag and the service I used that it deserved a blogpost of its own!

I had my eye on the Givenchy Pandora Messenger bag for ages. I wanted a small, timeless, versatile, black leather bag and this was the one! Finally when I got my tax return, I decided to go for it.
I was sitting on the fence between the small or the mini for a while. In the end, I decided to go with the mini and I'm so glad because it is the perfect size and I can actually fit everything I need and more. Anything bigger would have been too big for the shape of this bag.
On a daily basis I usually carry my wallet, a portable charger and cord, sunglasses + case, keys, a fragrance mist, hand cream, a lip product of some sort and mints/gum. This bag fits all of this perfectly and I can still fish in my bag with ease. On days when I don't need to bring my sunglasses, it obviously frees up a lot more space.
The leather on this bag is extremely soft, being goat leather. The bag has 2 zip fastenings, the top zip is where you access the main compartment and the bottom zip is an external mini pocket.
I love the way the bag hangs off the body. It also makes it easier to reach in and dig around!
Finding this bag, in this particular color, size and leather finish was so difficult. Everywhere I looked, they only had the black in the crinkled leather finish which I didn't like, or other colors altogether.
On Barneys, they were charging an extra $400+ for tax/shipping/duty fees which is ridiculous.
I ended up buying this from Far Fetch and I was so impressed with the service!
Through Farfetch, you can shop from hundreds of independently owned boutique stores worldwide. You have the option of comparing prices between different boutiques (if more than one boutique stocks the particular item in question) and snatch up the better priced alternative. This was the case with my bag, 2 stores had it in stock and I went with the best deal.  My bag came from Italy and literally took 2 days for DHL to deliver it to my doorstep, packaged in tip-top condition. I ended up saving about $225 from the original price listed on Barneys too!
I am so happy about this purchase and I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of it. The last luxury handbag I purchased was the Alexander Wang Rocco 2 years ago, which I still use and love. This is just a great and lighter alternative for everyday use though!

My next purchase will be a proper wallet. I was using the Tory Burch patent continental wallet for years and I got sick of it and switched to a tiny zip pouch.

Have you guys got your eye on any luxury goods at the moment?




  1. Ooooh this is one beautiful bag!! I like Givenchy bags , they are no doubt good quality :) my mom just got the lucrenzia bag and she is very happy with it ^^
    I am browsing through Far Fetch now, oh you shouldn't tell me about it!!

  2. Looooove! Loooks amazing on you. I have been really impressed with farfetch as well.
    Have I got my eye on any luxury goods?! More like, when do I not have my eye on any haha. My current lust is a white x gold Hermes H bracelet, a pair of Loubs and the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag (I'm on about 10 wait lists...).
    Also thanks girl for all your comments! I do really like the Effaclar Duo, it calms my skin down when I can feel break outs coming on. I tend to use it for about a week straight during that time of the month then switch to another serum so my skin doesn't get used to it and stop the product from being as effective. I've been using it on/off for about a year though and still really enjoying it!

  3. I love this bag! Definitely a timeless one and the style is very unique :) Seems like it goes with any outfit too - you rock it so well girrrrl

  4. Yeh I'm really happy with it, the lucrenzia bags are so nice as well! Very classic cut!

  5. I was worried the mini would be too small but it all worked out! I'm so stoked I discovered Far Fetch but now I can't seem to stop visiting the site, oh dear!

  6. Awh thanks hun :-* Have you bought anything off Far Fetch before!
    Pretty impressive luxury wishlist you've got there, I wonder if Loubs are comfortable. They're so iconic and stunning.
    LOVE the shape of the Mansur Gavriel bucket bags, didn't realise they were so hard to get!

    Do you prefer the Efflaclar Duo or Effaclar Duo+?

  7. Thanks lovely, that's so sweet ^^ I haven't been able to stop wearing it but that's what I bought it for! Definitely getting the use out of it

  8. I bought a red YSL clutch chain bag a few months ago which I still haven't worn out.. it's stunning and I was really impressed with the service of farfetch too.
    I am going to get my paws on a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag if my life depends on it hahaha. But actually....
    To be honest, I haven't been able to tell much difference between the Effaclar Duo and Duo+. They both work as well as each other with the only difference being the additional anti melanin property in Duo+. I don't know whether Duo+ has replaced the original but it would make sense if it has? Either way, it works well for me!

  9. i've also been eyeing this bag from farfetch! but the only thing holding me back is the length of the strap, i am only 5'4. how well do you think this bag sits on someone that's petite? is the strap too long for you/wear does it hit you at the shortest length? Loving the bag on you! Didn't know you could fit that much - might even use it as a clutch since the strap is detachable.

  10. I don't know what my height is in terms of feet but I'm about 155 cms and it sits sort of on my upper thigh? When i wear it across the body, it sits a little higher but I don't have any issues with it being too long, I can reach into the bag with a lot of ease!