Handbag Review For Your Next Purchase – Da Milano, Hidesign, Caprese

The power of a good review cannot be underestimated. It can give the right perspective to the buyer from someone who has already used it. In other words, a good handbag review can help maximize the investment and help the buyer get exactly what they want for their purpose. This is especially true in the case of highly priced and highly acclaimed leather bags such as Da Milano and Hidesign that command a premium in the market for their superior designs.

Hence, a few days back, BagsLounge had conducted an IG live with a fellow blogger and friend, Ankita, from lifestyleproblog, to review handbags from these brands that she owns and has been using for a few years. The video and the details of the discussion have been summarized below.

To sum up our discussion with Ankita:

Investment in Premium Bags

โœจ It may be wiser to save for and then invest in a premium bag, because they are usually durable and made for the long haul.

๐๐š๐ ๐ฌ๐‹๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐•๐ข๐ž๐ฐ: I totally agree with her; the premium that we pay is for the superior craftsmanship and painstaking attention they give to every detail. ๐Ÿ‘ Check out the pointers to look for when buying a bag to ensure you are investing in the right bag.

Maintenance of Leather vs Non-Leather Bags

โœจAnkitaโ€™s DaMilano, and Hidesign bags though made of leather have required minimal maintenance. The Hidesign one especially has been used regularly but looks as good as new!

๐๐š๐ ๐ฌ๐‹๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐•๐ข๐ž๐ฐ: Both brands use full grain leather that is the highest quality of leather and employ vegetable tanning techniques. Textured leather also tends to require lesser upkeep compared to the untextured one that is soft and supple. On the other hand, non-leather bags such as the Caprese one are by default, low on maintenance. In case your bags do need extra care, check out these bag repair vendors in India.


โœจAnkitaโ€™s Caprese bag is also well used for over a year and hardly shows any wear and tear. Though itโ€™s the best in its segment of affordable bags, it does display signs of lesser focus to detail such as threads coming loose. The Hidesign bag has been used to carry lunch boxes on a daily basis!

๐๐š๐ ๐ฌ๐‹๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐•๐ข๐ž๐ฐ: I too own a Caprese bag and apart from a few minor aspects such as chipping of the material on the overused handles, the main bag is in mint condition. Caprese bags have a more affordable price point as they are made of PU or PVC. Hidesign bags withstand the daily jostle pretty well.


โœจShe strongly recommends observing the straps when buying totes or shoulder bags, especially if you tend to carry your whole world in your bag. Broader straps distribute weight evenly, rather than dig into your shoulder and would save you from ergonomic issues.

๐๐š๐ ๐ฌ๐‹๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐•๐ข๐ž๐ฐ: In my opinion, any handbag review is incomplete without ergonomic aspects. I couldnโ€™t agree more with her on this! Having had a chronic shoulder issue till some years back, Iโ€™m tuned to pay more attention to the handles. I completely steer clear of bags with rolled handles; unless it is intended to be carried only in the crook of the arm. Read more about ergonomic and health aspects of your bags here.

In this handbag review, weโ€™ve tried to address craftsmanship, material, durability, and suitability for daily usage. If you have any specific feedback on the bags of these brands, do leave a comment below!

A short background of these brands: The brands featured in this post are all homegrown. Caprese is imported and marketed by VIP Industries since 2012. It is primarily into handbags for women in the non-leather category. Hidesign was founded by Dilip Kapur in 1978 and is known for their premium quality vegetable tanned leather. Da Milano was founded in 1989 by Sahil Malik, a NIFT graduate. The brans is renowned for its upscale, designer leather bags. They are crafted to perfection and give bags from other international brands a run for their money. Both Hidesign and DaMilano cater to both men and women.

Vidya Gupta

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