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- Versatile and edgy, the Defea Medium Handbag from Kipling® boasts a style that is unsurpassed.
- Made from water-resistant crinkle nylon for rugged durability with fashionable style.
- Adjustable, detachable shoulder strap and dual carry handles allow for versatile carrying options.
- Front of bag features two zippered pockets that also include a diagonal zipper and flap compartment secured by hook-and-loop closure for holding your smaller accessories.
- Two side pouches with hook-and-loop closure and back zippered pocket offer additional storage for smaller items such as your ID or a parking voucher.
- Main zippered compartment contains a cell phone pocket, a personal electronic pocket, three pen sleeves, and a key clasp.
- Comes with signature Kipling monkey key chain.
- Weight: 1.4 lbs.
- Bottom Width: 14 in
- Depth: 6 1⁄2 in
- Height: 9 1⁄2 in
- Strap Length: 22 in
- Strap Drop: 11 in
- Handle Length: 7 in
- Handle Drop: 7 in
- Weight: 1 lb 4.75 oz
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Inspired by The Jungle Book, the Kipling® brand has provided high-quality backpacks, handbags, and travel gear suited for the adventures of everyday life since 1987. Headquarted in New York City with products developed and designed in Belgium, Kipling offers a wide range of handbags, accessories, backpacks, tote bags and luggage that are effortlessly stylish, colorful, and fun as well as practical and durable enough for even the most active individual.
Whenever someone thinks of Kipling, they instantly think of the monkey. Being the symbol of fun and adventure, the monkey is only the natural choice for the Kipling mascot. All Kipling bags including their popular styles such as the Challenger, Candy, and Eldorado come with the signature Kipling monkey key chain. Each collection under the Kipling line has its own unique monkey that is named after an employee from somewhere around the world. There are many avid Kipling monkey followers that collect these unique monkeys for their own personal enjoyment and there is even some "Kipling addicts" who own more than 425 Kipling monkeys!
With Kipling, your unique lifestyle is proudly represented by their unique style and colors. Whether your mood calls for bright color to show off your flair or more neutral colors to represent your down-to-earth mentality, you can find it with Kipling. Kipling offers limitless style that changes with the seasons to ensure you are always in tune with today's trends. With their ever evolving collection of bags and travel gear, Kipling now has more bags than there are people in Belgium. Your bag should represent you and your lifestyle, not just contain it. Express your character with impeccable taste. Express it with Kipling.
Kipling U.S.A. Defea Medium Handbag
First of all, I love Kipling purses. They are quality made, light weight, and last forever. This bag is no exception. I like that it has pockets, but not so many that I would get confused when looking for things. Can you tell that I don't think numerous pockets, slots etc.. add to a bag. This is one of the simpler of the larger Kipling bags. The only thing that I didn't like was the handles. I am very very short and because the handles are so long, they hang down, causing the strap to touch the floor. The handles were a nuisance, falling over the zipper opening. I wasn't about to adjust the strap every time I wanted to wear it Bandolareo style, which I do most of the time. I was all set to return it. :-( and hubby and I after a lot of consideration (and I don't advise this for any one else ..), with a single edge razor, he sliced off the four handles from the rubber/plastic that they were sewn into. We held our breathes and guess what, it was a piece of cake and with a little careful trimming, the handle problem has disappeared. So now I have just the bright red casual bag that I wanted for a long time, and I am thrilled. So thrilled that I am going to order a black one too, and perform the same surgery. Again, if you like the handles and/or are uncomfortable with altering the bag, don't!
I'd also recommend: Dooney, Longchamp, Perlina
- Ellen P - customer
- from San Francisco, CA
- November 11, 2011
I love Kipling bags, but this is the first one that I felt looked nice enough to use for work. I own it in black, which is always dressier, and I removed the shoulder strap. I was surprised how easy it was to carry with one hand; I always wore cross-body bags before. As far as weight and organization, these bags can't be beat. I try nicer leather bags for a day and always switch back.
- AJ - customer
- from New York City
- January 22, 2012
Love this purse! I looked for months for the perfect purse to hold my cell phone, iPod, and work card keys in easily accessible but secure spots and the front pockets on this were perfect! It's big enough to carry a wallet, camera, water bottle, etc., but not so big that it's like carrying a suitcase. Highly recommend and I plan to purchase in other colors for other seasons.
- Tracy S - customer
- from Chapin, SC
- November 1, 2011
I really like this bag. It is very user friendly. Plenty of pockets on the outside. All zippered for security. I have 2 Kipling handbags. The fabric never wears out!
I'd also recommend: Stick with Kipling. They make other products as well.
- Anonymous - customer
- from Owings Mills MD
- July 19, 2011
I love this purse...bright red, well made, and lots of pockets. I have several other Kiplings and over the years Kipling have continued to maintain their excellent quality. The zippers slide beautifully and I like the contrast between the color of the purse and the large silver zippers. I rated this bag 4 stars instead of 5 because I am under 5' tall and when I carry it by the handles, the shoulder strap hits the floor. I don't want to have to keep adjusting the strap every I put it over my shoulder. This would be fine for a taller person, but not for us shorties. It is a minor point for most people, but not me. If the handles had been a few inches shorter that would have solved my problem and they still would be comfortable to wear over my shoulder. The red is gorgeous and I will be using this bag regularly. Thanks again to Zappos for fast service and excellent customer service.
- Ellen P - customer
- from San Francisco, CA
- November 11, 2011