Product Review: Lo & Sons The Pearl Bag

This ultimate travel bag converts from a crossbody to a shoulder bag to a clutch.

What Is it: Lo & Sons’ Pearl bag.


  • Adjustable shoulder strap converts from a crossbody to a shoulder bag, or to a clutch
  • Padded zipper compartment protects gadgets (and fits a mini-tablet)
  • Bag is divided into three main compartments—two with zipper closers, and one with a snap closure, to keep everything secure, but accessible
  • Features organizational pockets, sized for cell phones, pens, and keys
  • Made from 100 percent full-grain nappa leather
  • Unique lining comes in a gorgeous lavender or camel color to add a touch of style
  • Perfect everyday size holds your essentials for travel without weighing you down


  • Is expensive at $248

How it Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. The Pearl really is the perfect purse size (and we love that it can be converted into three different styles of bag). It weighs just .9 lbs and measures 9.5 wide and 7.75″ tall
  • Value: 7/10. The Pearl is expensive, but is made from quality materials and is three bags in one
  • Durability: 10/10. A 100 percent leather bag is guaranteed to last a long time
  • Cool Factor: 10/10. The Pearl is a classic, understated, stylish purse that will pair with everything—and the lavender lining adds a fun, secret pop of color
  • Final Verdict: If you’re looking for a forever purse that will go with you from the office to your travels (and want to spend more to have one that will last), The Pearl is it.

    (Photo: Lo & Sons)

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    By Caroline Morse Teel

    Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

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