Guest User: Milind Jain
So I would like to start with thanking Nitin Singh for pushing me enough to write again! A big thanks to you, my friend.
This time, allow me to share my experience with my Da Milano shoulder bag which I bought to suffice my requirement of daily office use. Let us have an insight on various considerable aspects:
Appearance: Now, Da Milano is a brand which I would categorize in the affordable luxury section, as it gives you the good feel about its appearance, plus the minute detailing and sharp embossing of brand name using brass add on the required elegance, which I feel as an eye candy when you first see the product.
It does make you feel the grace and works on to add on you confidence when you carry the bag with right spirit. As the name suggest, the brand gives a feel of Italian fashion sense.
Design and space: Da Milano definitely do research and follows the trends established by high end brands, viz., Tom Ford, Versace, etc. in terms of optimum use of the space offered in such confined designing, not letting the bulge appearing from different corners of the bag when you keep your stuff in it.
I have this bag, where in there is ample space for my laptop, iPad, notepad, charger and a pair of my eye glasses in the main closet, and I keep my wallet and hand sanitizer in the front section of the bag (yes! I do keep a hand sanitizer with me all the time. Good habit!). This whole of my stuff fits in too well within the space.
My bag has a sleek pocket at the back which gives good space to add on another notepad to your stationary-in-bag!
The bag is made of leather which is processed and textured to give an Italian look. The front latch, hooks and hinges in my bag are made of pure brass which gives perfect blend to the texture of the leather. The lining used is also fine and soft black polyester with premium shine and brand name on itself which actually does not look as tacky as it sounds (imagine fake LV bags with light coloured lining with LV all around. Seems like a maze, of course!). Overall, the design is the ideal and no complaint in respect to that.
The straps are also designed efficiently and elegantly to feel comfortable when I hang the bag on shoulders. The strap comes with length adjustment option which adds on the comfort.
Price: My bag comes for INR 15999 which is USD 248. However, I got a Father’s Day discount of 15% and I landed a deal on this bag for almost INR 13599/USD 210. The price is reasonable considering the overall quality of the bag and the class it adds into your personality. However, there are a few grudges I have which I will mention in the next section.
Flaws: Remember the elegant brass latch I mentioned earlier, it looks good but not-so-good in quality. The assembly of the latches is poor and with daily use, one of the latch pulled off to bits, and now I have to take special care because I won’t be able to find the spare latch in case this one goes off.
Further, the leather quality is good, although there is a design flaw in the bag that the hooks of the strap collide with the cover’s leather and because of this the leather has lost its shape which actually looks ugly when I carry the bag on shoulders. Hence, the only alternative I have is too hold it with the handle.
Routine care for the bag includes cleaning it up with damp wiping cloth, and polishing it with the leather creamer.
Shopping Experience: I bought this bag from Da Milano franchise store at Select City Walk, Saket New Delhi, India. The store experience gives you a satisfaction of the premium shopping. Although, what I realised that the turn-around time for the complaints with the products is a lot. They take at least 20 days to complete any grievance, which mean, you are without your bag for that much long. I would rate Da Milano shopping experience with 6.5/10.
Thanks for reading through. Till next time!
An IT Engineer working as a Consultant in one of the big four firms, Ernst and Young. Completed his executive MBA in general management from the Indian School of Business (ISB). Gadgets, Superheroes and Automobiles give me that kick which is required to sustain this monotonous corporate life. I am a huge fan of classic movies, geeky TV shows and random surfing of a website that was launched 12 years ago in 2005, Youtube!