Belle - Raven Bedford


Raven Bedford

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    Modeled after the favorite Jane, the Belle is a large everyday bag fit for your work-to-gym routine, a day of classes, or a quick weekend getaway. With rolled Italian leather shoulder handles and an optional crossbody strap. In Raven Bedford Nylon with custom MZ Wallace gunmetal hardware.
    • Four exterior pockets and signature six interior pockets
    • Detachable market purse (8" l x 5.5" h)
    • Raven Italian leather trim
    • Custom MZ Wallace gunmetal hardware and protective leather feet
    • Water and stain resistant
    • Detachable, adjustable crossbody strap
    • 14" l x 5" w x 13" h 9.5" handle drop
    • Model's height is 5'9"
    Bedford Nylon
    Bedford Nylon

    Our signature coated nylon fabric. Lightweight, durable, water and stain resistant. In our custom feather print.

    Jacquard Lining
    Jacquard Lining

    A soft fabric woven with a subtle MZ Wallace logo. In classic cafe.

    The reviews are for the Belle shape, not specifically the Raven Bedford color or material.
    Yvette | February 18, 2017

    Worth the wait, BEAUTIFUL and I just love this bag, just the right amount pockets that I have been looking for so long. Good travel and everyday bag. I hope I don't wear this bag out. Quality is more than I expected, shoulder straps are very comfortable.

    C. | August 19, 2016

    This bag is insanely gorgeous and is my favorite MZW silhouette. I absolutely love the way it looks and all the pockets are perfect. I just hate the rolled handles! They're beautiful, but soooooo STIFF and rigid! They dig into my shoulder and are uncomfortable especially if the bag is full. PLEASE MZ Wallace make the Belle with the flat leather handles that you have on the Roxy and this would be one of the best bags of all time!

    Stacy | April 15, 2016

    Absolutely love this bag. I am one of those people that never leave reviews, I just had to for this bag. I travel a lot and it was great to fit everything with all the different compartments. I always get compliments on it and the best thing it's also great for work meetings too, laptop or papers it's just perfect!

    Brooke | November 10, 2015

    I absolutely LOVE this bag. It's great for work and traveling as it has a lot of room. I throw everything in this bag and it's comfy on your shoulder. Plus the green color looks amazing on!

    Kendra | September 21, 2015

    When I saw the Hunter Green color with the silver hardware, I knew I would be purchasing my 2nd MZ Wallace bag (I also own a Paige). The Belle is great for carrying my laptop, water bottle, book and snacks during the work week. On the weekend, I can carry my 4yr olds toys/activities/ whatever for our adventures. I love that the Belle is sleek but also functional. MZ Wallace bags hold up amazingly well and the pockets are a dream for organizing and finding what you need.

    Alison | September 11, 2015

    Love this bag! I have it in Prussian Blue, which is one of my favorite colors. As with all MZ bags, this has amazing pockets, but is still sleek and stylish. It's a great all-around bag when you need a little more room. Equally perfect for walking around all day as it is for a carry-on travel option. I have three MZ bags...hunter green bianca and mini jillian...and a wallet. And, I have my eye on another! I'm an MZ addict!

    Helena | September 7, 2015

    My favorite all time bag is the Belle. It has a compartment for everything that you could possibly need. I also love the fact that it has a cross body strap which is great for traveling. I get compliments all the time. Even though it is big, it doesn't seem overly large since it is also so light weight. I only wish that it was made in more colors.

    Megan | September 7, 2015

    I am so excited to use this bag! I have been searching for the perfect tote that can go from work to travel and back, and which will withstand daily use and abuse. I looked at leather bags from fancy designers but was worried about the quality of the straps and the fact that leather generally doesn't like rain. This is a perfect solution. I also wanted a bag that was not too frilly. This bag is a great balance between stylish and utilitarian. Thanks!!

    Mary | September 7, 2015

    I have owned a belle in another color for a few years now, and when I saw the hunter green had to order another one! This is my go to bag for traveling - it holds my iPad or laptop as well as travel essentials. It also is a perfect bag for a day out shopping. I like the compartments and use the cross body strap all the time. I recently went to Ireland to visit family and love this bag so much I brought two more to give as gifts to cousins as gifts from the U.S. Highly recommend this bag!

    Frances | September 6, 2015

    Love my Belle! Belle was my second MZW bag and I've been carrying it near-constantly for almost 3 years. I have the Navy Bedford with Navy Saffiano trim and Berry lining; it's gorgeous (love the contrast-color linings! Please do more, and retire the Cafe lining!). It's the perfect size for work; easy to carry files and (in a pinch) a laptop (although I find it gets a little heavy carrying the laptop on the subway). I rarely use the cross-body strap, but love having it as an option. It didn't occur to me until reading another review that the bag would be improved by having a bi-directional top zipper, but I agree.

    Jeannette | September 6, 2015

    This is a great bag! Perfect to use for every occasion from business meetings to shopping to the gym. It is a great size...fits all your necessities and more without feeling bulky or heavy. I am less than 5 feet tall, and I don't feel that the bag overwhelms me....hard to find bags like this. And of course, like all MZ WALLACE bags, the multiple compartments are you always feel organized. Perfecto!

    Betty | September 6, 2015

    My second MZ bag (I have a Black Bedford Jane) and the Belle is by far the one and only bag I've come to love and use every single day !! The outside compartments, the detachable shoulder straps , the roominess inside , the durable fabrication, the sturdy hardware zippers,'s everything this bag is and more !! I've gotten so many compliments on the Belle - friends actually bought the same style although I've told them MZ Wallace has a vast collection of gorgeous bags it will be hard to choose just one !

    Jen | September 6, 2015

    I originally bought this bag as a diaper bag when I had my first baby. It was perfect for the first few years. There are so many compartments to separate diapers, wipes, sippy bottles and snacks. I received a lot of compliments on this bag from random strangers because it just looks expensive. I preferred to wear this cross body but also liked it had handles for shoulder wear. When my babies were grown, this was the perfect carry on/overnight bag while traveling. The material is great and wears well. It doesn't show rain stains and cleans up easily. I have had my bag for 2 years and it still look new. I was a convert after the purchase of my first bag.

    June | September 5, 2015

    So three MZ Wallaces later and my other handbags are now completely neglected. Once you own one of these sweet bags you will never go back. The belle is one of my favorite designs (I own two)...not too big and not too small. I love all the organizing pockets to help find what I need in a flash. The little attached purse inside is also a fav. I use it to put my cosmetics in so my favorite lip stick is easily accessed. The belle is great because it has several options for carry with the removable shoulder strap which adjusts to size. LOVE LOVE LOVE these handbags!!

    Diana | September 5, 2015

    My work laptop is huge and I travel a lot - not a good combination. I wanted a bag large enough for my computer but cute and versatile enough to serve as a purse. The Belle fits the bill handily. It's roomy and holds my travel essentials without being too bulky, and is great for shopping and errands when I leave the laptop at home. There's a pocket for almost everything. I love my Belle, and am eyeing another in a different color. As others have mentioned, it can get heavy but I attribute that more to the items in it than the bag itself.

    Lisa | September 5, 2015

    LOVE LOVE LOVE my Belle MZ Wallace Bag!! It has so much room to hold everything I need as a mom on the go! It keeps everything organized so you can find things so easily! It worked great as a baby bag but I'm still using it even though I'm out of the baby bag stage! Worth every penny!!

    Thanh | September 5, 2015

    This is my first MZ Wallace, and I've already got my eye on several other bags! I've been moving away from leather bags towards coated canvas and nylon over the past year or so. Currently I mostly rotate between my many Kipling bags. I adore them, but I was looking for something a little dressier and I read a lot of good reviews on MZ Wallace at various purse forums. I chose the Belle because wanted a decent sized everyday bag and it looked very similar to my Kipling Joslyn. Shipping was very prompt and the bag arrived in perfect condition. I'm extremely happy with my purchase. I love the various carrying options. I seen some people say that the crossbody strap is too thin but I didn't find that to be the case. It's at least an inch wide, which is more than satisfactory. The handles fit easily over my coat. I've worn the bag in rainy weather, and the water rolled off the nylon. You might have to be more careful about the leather handles and trim. The arrangement and size of the pockets are ideal, perfect in fact. I will be looking for this style of bag in the future. In the small outside pickets I keep my phone, tissues, gum and sometimes a cereal bar. The large zip pocket is perfect for keeping a book. In the main compartment I keep my wallet, wide-ish makeup pouch, bottle water (600ml), umbrella, glasses, notebook, earbud pouch, aerosol can of deodorant- even full size. That still leaves plenty of room on top, maybe for a scarf and more. And there's still the large zip pocket on the outside back, which I haven't got more stuff to fill! I initially purchased the Hunter Green Belle, then the Redwood became available and I instantly changed my order! It's a lovely neutral red, much to my relief. It's hard to judge how the colour will look in real life. The Redwood also has a red lining, which partly contributed to my changing my order. I have to agree with the other reviewers- coloured lining rules! I also agree that gold hardware would make the bag more luxurious looking and would have complemented the Redwood better than silver hardware. I'm 5 foot and petite, this bag does look large on me, just to let you other small women know. It's so practical that it doesn't bother me. However I may get the smaller Hayley as a " going out" bag.

    Cynthia | September 5, 2015

    I LOVE this bag. I have used it almost daily for the past 3 years and it has held up incredibly. The bag is large enough to hold my laptop when needed and great for carrying all the things required of a mom with young children. I receive compliments on it regularly.

    Joanne | September 4, 2015

    This bag is fantastic! Beautiful, made well, everything you need in an everyday bag!

    Arlene | September 4, 2015

    Love the Belle. It is the perfect size and weight for everyday use. Keeps all of my essentials well organized and easy to find. Also the red lining makes the bag so sexy!

    Lees | September 4, 2015

    I have this bag in navy and I love it. So versatile! It is perfect for travel or everyday. The long zip pocket fits my ipad and the small front pockets are perfect for my camera and iPod. It is also great for everyday as it fits everything - shoes, hats and scarves when I schlep various times from work to home. The inside pockets fit my phone, lip gloss and of courses plenty of room for a wallet. I can't say enough good about their bags - I have three!

    Diane | September 4, 2015

    The Bedford Belle is the perfect size for the woman who carries more than merely a wallet and keys. The numerous zippered compartments help to keep everything organized. But most of all, it is a beautiful bag. It is appropriate for both daytime and evening. Any woman would be proud to have this bag on her arm.

    Emily | September 4, 2015

    I am obsessed with all of MZW bags because of the style, weight and functionality. This bag does not disappoint, fits so much, keeps me organized and is exactly what I need for work, family and life!

    Sarah | September 4, 2015

    This bag is absolutely gorgeous and the quality is amazing! I've been searching for a basic black everyday bag that'll serve multiple purposes. I sort of am obsessed with purses and have owned and sold numerous brands including very high end designer ones. I had never come across MZ Wallace before until a recent trip to New York and spotted the uniqueness, distinction and functionality right away. This one has a multitude of compartments for EVERYTHING!! It looks good on and even sitting on a countertop the way it takes its shape (I am not a fan of super stiff bags). I love the fact that the durable nylon can simply be wiped clean especially in our extreme climate. The only reason that I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is that I prefer silver hardware and it was just too much gold hardware for my taste. The staff at MZ Wallace was extremely helpful in helping me figure out what to exchange it for (I"m going for the Hayley). By the way, I also purchased the Jerry Tassel which looked amazing (I love details) and will be ordering one to match the Hayley that I'm getting.

    Robin | September 4, 2015

    I bought my first Belle back in November in brown and I forsook all other handbags for work as a result. Then I tried to switch to a spring tote, and was forlorn--I missed Belle's excellent pocketing solutions. To my relief, the summer Belle color was a grey that I fell instantly in love with. My man was giving my new bag the side-eye, and finally asked me if he was crazy or did I have the same exact bag in two colors. I told him I certainly did, and that it probably would not stop there. When I decide to walk home from work, I really appreciate the cross-body strap, same with while I'm standing around in the hallway at Court and want my hands free. The bag can hold my 13" laptop, kindle, redwell files, yoga clothes, phone, chargers, pens, bike lights, spare baggu bags, and I can even shove my helmet and a scarf/wrap into the thing (though not zip shut with the helmet + computer + yoga clothes). This nylon bag won't be ruined by the rain, nor is it as heavy as leather. It is a bit heavy because there is a lot of pockets/construction going on. I find the pockets to be very timesaving because everything has the right-sized space. When I've tried to switch back to my Louis Neverfull, I feel like I am constantly digging through a bottomless pit. My mother is also envious of my Belle, and so she is biding her time to pounce on the right color for her wardrobe. This is the elegant station wagon of handbags. I cannot imagine my workday life without it.

    Jeanne | September 4, 2015

    The Belle has become my go-to bag. It holds so much stuff, yet it's not too bulky. I've used my Belle as an everyday purse as well as a diaper bag. The material is durable and my bag still looks as good today as it did when I bought it two years ago. I have some luxury bags, but the Belle is the one I use the most. I'm so pleased with this bag; it's so well-made, practical and stylish at the same time!

    Lori | September 4, 2015

    I love MZ Wallace bags and especially the Belle! The front pockets are perfect to quickly grab my phone and keys and the pockets within the bag and on the back, make it easy to store my wallet, laptop, sunglasses and a whole slew more. I hope MZW never stops making this bag. I just hope they keep offering it in new colors. Especially with gold hardware as I'm not much of a silver person. But overall love this bag, the quality and all MZW products!!

    Mariela | September 4, 2015

    I absolutely love this bag. I travel to work every other week and this bag can easily hold my 15 inch laptop, cosmetic pouch, cellphone, wallet, cables, scarf, wallet, sunglasses very well and neat. The pockets are very convenient to take things in/out and the redwood color is great for fall. I highly recommend it.

    Jill | September 4, 2015

    My Favorite MZ bag! Perfect for work and play as well as an amazing travel companion. Hope to purchase another color in the near future!

    Melissa | September 4, 2015

    Belle is the best commuting work bag. It carries everything I need with room to spare. The hardware is excellent and seems like it will last forever.

    Vontell | September 3, 2015

    OMG I have brought so many MZ Wallace bags I should have stock in the company, but my all time favor is the Belle. Its the perfect size. Holds everything but the kitchen sink and always looks sleek. #mzwallace addict.

    Julie | September 3, 2015

    I really like the Belle as a travel bag--it's a nice, larger sized bag that holds all my essentials with ease. Just wish there was a size between the Belle and Jane for everyday wear. Very well made and I received a ton of compliments on it!

    Julie | September 3, 2015

    Jane is probably my favorite MZ Wallace of all time, but I wanted something a little bigger than Jane that I could use as a work bag--big enough to carry my "purse" things, but also a file or two to and from work. Belle is perfect. The redwood color is a reddish/brownish, very rich, color. I got the Jerry Tassel in redwood too, and it is very cute. Great pockets, inside and out, and I love the front and back horizontal pockets. Jane is perhaps a bit more chic, but Belle is super functional and has nice lines and feels great to carry. I am not a cross-body person, so I am not using the cross body strap, but it is nice to have just in case. The rolled leather handles are great and the drop length is perfect and will easily go over winter coats, etc. Belle is a hit with me!

    Jennifer | September 3, 2015

    I just purchased the Belle, and I love it! My Jane has always been my favorite; however I longed for a bag with a similar capacity AND a cross body option. I checked out the Mayfair tote and a couple of others; however my teenager told me that they read as "diaper bags". This one received her full approval! Not only that, I added the Jerry tassel in black suede and gold, and now the bag looks downright sexy! With it's lipstick red lining, it's borderline scandalous, lol ;-)! Belle isn't just a pretty face- her functionality is top notch. It has the pockets I adore on my Jane, with an additional full-length pocket on the front of the bag that fits my full size iPad. The inside capacity is amazing! Fits just a bit more than my Longchamps large Le Pliage bag, only Belle has a pile of pockets inside to organize the heck out of everything! I am using my light-colored Jane until these heatwaves end, but as soon as I detect the first nip of fall in the air, I'm breaking out my Belle!

    Wendy | September 3, 2015

    The Belle is far and away my favorite work bag. The pockets for superior organization and the roomy interior make for a stress less experience of finding anything with the merest glance. Brava for this enduring east/west classic satchel.

    Larita | September 3, 2015

    I love the Bedford Belle bag. It holds quite a lot. The color the shape the look it's everything I love in a bag. The Bedford Belle is my go to bag. But Wait!!! what happen to the Bea bag. Now I have two of the Bea bags , I have owned these bags wayyyy before MZ Wallace was popular. The Bea bag is so classy it's timeless. I love it. Thanks Rita French Don't ever retire the Bea or the Bedford Belle. Hmmmm the Jane is nice as well.

    Susan | September 3, 2015

    I love my Belle! It is stylish and keeps all of my stuff organized. I'm tough on bags, but it still looks new.

    Colleen | September 3, 2015

    This is THE PERFECT bag. Roomy, stylish, excellent detailing, with a handle as well as shoulder strap, making it incredibly versatile. You can dress it up or down. I love the BELLE!!!

    Meg | September 3, 2015

    I love my belle with all my heart. it's the perfect city bag, mummy bag & travel bag all wrapped up in one. it's big, but not too big. the pockets are divine and keep me organised. both the cross body & the shoulder straps make it chic & practical. have I told you that I love my belle?

    Gwen | September 3, 2015

    I wanted a larger bag for travel. I already purchased Paige, however I needed something to pack a change of clothes and other necessary items in case my luggage and I did not meet at our destination. Belle is functional without the "diaper bag" look. Comfortable to carry over the shoulder with a cross body option. The handles are also long enough to fit over the extension handle of my checked bag - great for walking through the airport. Exterior pockets keep a few items at easy access. This will make a great weekend bag, too. I'm officially hooked on MZ Wallace bags!

    Dimple | September 3, 2015

    LOVE LOVE LOVE MZ Wallace bags. Been a big fan of the Jane bag for everyday - but I love that the Belle is just a little bit bigger - it's makes for a great everyday bag, commuting bag and travel companion. It fits my laptop, and the extra outside wide zippered pouch is perfect to keep your tablet safe. The only thing that makes it a 4* and not a 5* - is that the top zipper should have a bidirectional zippers. That would make it perfect, and easy to access your wallet, regardless of how you're holding the bag. Otherwise LOVE.

    Miriam | September 3, 2015

    LOVE IT! holds my laptop and everything else, but doesn't look (or feel) like i'm carrying a suitcase around

    Rhonda | September 3, 2015

    I have this in Black and I love it. It holds my IPad, small purse, notebook, and other necessities. It is a beautiful bag.

    Andrea | September 3, 2015

    This is a beautiful and functional bag, great for when you don't want to have to switch bags from holding your work/commute items during the week to holding your kids' stuff during the weekend! The many pockets are great for organizing. I have this bag in black and a blue/gray color and both are great! This bag holds up well.

    Helena | September 3, 2015

    My favorite MZWallace bag is the Belle. Whenever I wear it, I get so many compliments. It is the perfect everyday bag. It has a compartment for everything . It helps me to keep organized. I also love it for travel. The cross body strap helps to keep your hands free. I only wish that it was made in more colors. Best bag ever!!!

    Susan | September 3, 2015

    I have the Black Bedford Belle and have been carrying it constantly for almost 3 years now. It is classy looking and so very well made with excellent materials and design. I love all the of the zippered outside pockets and that the main opening is also zippered and that for security reasons, especially when traveling, this is a must. I can readily reach in one of the smaller outside zippered pockets for my frequently used credit card case, while at the same time not having to look inside and search for it. The larger zippered pockets are ideal for separating larger notepads, company or club rosters - keeping them neat and readily available. The leather handles, superbly crafted, are a perfect fit when carrying the bag over the shoulder. The material is lightweight which is a plus with a larger bag and it is very durable and maintains it's like-new look.The leather handles are a great quality of leather and show no signs of wear. The inside design is large enough for all the items one would carry (or like to) including wallets, glasses, etc. The attached inside case is perfect for having all makeup items in one place and readily found. The smaller zippered pockets inside are ideal for carrying other small treasured or valuable items. The purse is classy looking and sits well on it's sturdy footing when placed on a counter. I have had many fine handbags over the years but none I have found more useful, durable and yet a stylish and classic design that I have so enjoyed. .

    Jeannine | September 3, 2015

    After seaching for months trying to find the perfect everyday "mom" bag that didn't look like a "mom" bag, I believe I have found the ONE!! This bag is simply perfect! Has every single thing a mom and or working women would want or need. Love the fact that it can be worn different ways. The black with red trim makes it look even more beautiful in person. You cannot go wrong with the BELLE!!

    Cybill | September 3, 2015

    BEST BAG EVER!! I just discovered MZ Wallace last year on a trip to Bloomingdales. Picked up a Chelsea Bedford tote in blue as it looked better and more functional than the Longchamp bag I was returning. Chelsea was great and I used her for every business trip. But the upgrade to Belle is even better. It holds all of my files ..Mac..and every accessory I can manage. It's just perfect. Love the green it reminds me of the Tumi Alpha Bravo line. Looking forward to taking Belle on all my international flight this fall. Great product. Looking forward to my next purchase.

    Yukari | September 3, 2015

    This was my first MZ bag. I have received so many complements from people. Looks great to take it to the clients meeting, taking home a laptop, and spacious enough to hold blanket into the airplane as carry-on. Wish it is bit lighter but still my favorite bag of all.

    Anne | September 3, 2015

    This is actually my second purchase of this same bag. The first one was lost and it was so invaluable that I bought a replacement immediately. This is a stylish every day bag for anyone who has a busy life and needs to take a lot of essentials with them. I use it as a work bag, diaper bag and bag for vacations.

    Tami | September 3, 2015

    My absolute favorite all-time bag. I literally have about 9 MZ Wallace bags - the Belle, Hayley, Chelsea, Kara, Bianca, Sutton, Alex, Kate and Chrissie. Oh, wow. Just typing them makes me feel ridiculous and wasteful. But this is The Best Bag for a woman on the go. I love that I can wear it both crossbody or on the shoulder - the drop is much better than any of my other MZ Wallace crossbody bags, and stays on the shoulder well and comfortably. The pockets are unbelievable. There is a perfect place for everything, and it's easy to access. It's a big bag, but it doesn't feel huge. I can put my laptop in it during the day and on business travel, but take it out and it doesn't at all look like a laptop bag when I'm out evenings or on the weekends. I honestly can't say enough about this bag. I have it in Kingsport Grey, and I am coveting the redwood and green ones, one of which I hope to get soon. YOU WILL LOVE THIS BAG!!!

    Cheryl | September 3, 2015

    Hello, I purchased this handbag in July of this year and ABSOLUTELY love it. I use it as my commuter bag for work, back and forth on the train. I love all the convenient pockets to hold my office keys, my train pass, etc. It is very light weight and especially nice that I can wear it cross body. LOVE the red interior...I can find things very easily. Not to mention that it is waterproof so my things do not get wet when it rains. I can not say enough great things about the bag. I highly recommend it. I love this bag so much I have since ordered the Paige Bedford for the weekends. THANK YOU

    Lissette | September 3, 2015

    Ladies, this is the ultimate bag. At first I was skeptical about purchasing a bag with such a hefty price tag and now I've become an MZ Wallace addict. This bag, as well as every other bag by this brand, is amazing when it comes to keeping you organized. The pockets can't be beat and the space ins unmatched. As a city person this is the perfect bag to fit your lunch, gym clothes and all daily necessities. I've tried switching bags since purchasing this bag and always regret and wish i had my belle with me.

    Christine | September 3, 2015

    This Belle bag was my first MZ purchase. Since owning and loving this bag I now own 2 more MZ bags and have my eye on another. This bag is not only super functional but beautiful. There are tons of pockets and the red trim on the leather handles looks sharp. I love the cross body option so when I am traveling or shopping this is my go to bag. I receive many compliments When I am carrying this bag. MZ Wallace Makes beautiful, statement bags and I can't wait to get another.

    Ericka | September 3, 2015

    I waffled between the Belle and the Kate for my first purchase of a MZ Wallace bag. I chose the Belle and I am so happy with my purchase. I take the metro to work every day and transport some work files, makeup bag, medicine, sunglasses plus an umbrella and sweater and it all fits nicely. I also like the various compartments and the two small outside zip pockets are nice for my keys and metro card because of the easy access. I just got so tired of my Longchamp and the huge abyss every time I looked for anything in my bag. This bag is a perfect everyday work bag; functional, unique and super cute.

    Tina | April 27, 2015

    I absolutely love this bag. It's my first MZ Wallace as I typically don't purchase brand names, i love that this bag is understated (meaning it doesn't have it's name written all over it for the world to see). I used this bag for my every day bag for work, home, evenings, daytimes---it's an all around use for everything kind of bag. And now, with a newborn, I use it as my "diaper bag" if you will. It holds SO MUCH without looking stuffed. The only MINOR downfall is that it does get heavy bc of the pretty buckles and zippers. Because of that, I looked around and tried many bags from Kipling and Marc Jacobs...but after 2 months of trying these others, they've all been returned and I'm back to my Belle. Whenever I carry a different purse, I'm wishing I had this one-even with it's slightly heavier feel. THE BEST BAG---period. I rate it a 4.5 out of 5---deducting 1/2 point for weight and because I wish it had side open pockets like the Kate--with that I would rate it a 5 out of 5.

    Cheryl | April 5, 2015

    This bag is huge but not so big that you couldn't wear it everyday. It holds a lot of stuff and looks good or less things and still looks good. I love that I can carry everything in a cross body style with this bag. Pleated pockets rule!

    Chris | March 14, 2015

    I'm more of a small to mid size bag gal but this one is great for times that I have to haul more than usual or for carryon travel. I like the two options of shoulder/crossbody. please release it in more colors. please move back to the lovely colorful linings of days gone by (the tan canvas lining in all bags currently is pretty ugly).

    Jill | January 1, 2015

    I've gone through so many handbags searching for the perfect bag: a purse that looks great, is comfortable to carry, and is practical and versatile in its use. The Belle is it; the Holy Grail of handbags! I can't stress emphatically enough how fantastic this bag is! It addresses every need and fulfills every purpose all while looking stylish and being so light and easy to carry. Even the sexy red lining serves a dual purpose: chic beauty and easy visibility. Love this bag!!! Thank you MZ Wallace for knowing exactly what a perfect handbag needs to be!

    Rachel | April 17, 2014

    I was debating between a few of the bags for a while and eventually decided to get this one. I absolutely love this bag! I got it to use for work since I live in NYC and need a good size commuting bag to hold several things, including paperwork, umbrella, occasionally shoes, and my lunch and it is the best bag! It holds a ton of stuff, is professional looking for work, and is nice if I have plans after work. I also often use it as a carry on bag for travel. Besides the size being perfect, all of the pockets are also fabulous, which helps me stay organized. If you were to only buy one MZ Wallace bag (although why would you do that?), this is definitely your bag!

    Heather | February 27, 2014

    I thought that nothing could top my love of the Jane...I was wrong. Belle is now my absolute favorite bag of all time. It is slightly bigger than Jane and fits everything that I could ever possibly want or need for work or play. Extremely comfortable to carry using either the shoulder straps or the cross-body option, and it looks amazing! Beautiful color options, gorgeous leather detail, and a chic design have led me to purchase 3 Belles (so far!). I am completely obsessed with this bag!

    Heather | February 1, 2014

    My search is over! This is the perfect bag...and I've had a lot of bags! Belle has recently surpassed Jane as my all-time favorite. I use it for my everyday bag, my travel bag, and my baby bag. It carries everything I need (and could ever need) but never looks huge or overstuffed. Belle is super comfortable even when full and the crossbody strap is a huge bonus. I could go on and on...LOVE this bag!!

    Heather | January 21, 2014

    This is my favorite bag ever! I never thought I could love a bag as much as I loved my Jane, but Belle has changed my mind. I am a huge fan of all MZW bags, but Belle has succeeded in bringing it to a whole new level. I am obsessed...I have 3 Belles (eggplant is my absolute favorite color), and I won't even say how many MZW bags I have in total!! Belle goes everywhere and with anything. From day to night, work to play. It is chic, classy, and fun. This is THE one!

    Cheryl | November 29, 2013

    I have both a Hayley and a Belle and switch back and forth between both. The Hayley came first and I quickly outgrew it and purchased a Belle. The size of the Hayley was large for me at first so going into a Belle was a huge jump up in size for me. I gave it a chance and the Belle turned out to be my favorite all time everyday bag. With both the Hayley and Belle, I use the main compartment for my sunglasses, make-up bag, large wallet, cellphone and a point & shoot camera. The outside long front zipper is for any type of paperwork I have such as receipts and coupons. The front right pocket is for keys and the left pocket is for hand sanitizer and my work keys and badge. The back long pocket is for my baby's essentials: small pack of wipes, a diaper or two, a onesie, pacifier, and socks. Here is where the Belle is awesome and surpasses the Hayley in use: I can add a baby blanket, a sweater for me and snacks in a pouch plus maybe a book or magazine - just those few more things that I may need when running out the door. I don't like using a diaper bag so having a super large purse that I can just carry a few essentials for my baby and other two kids is great. I also love that the Belle when less full just slouches down and it always looks sharp and classy with the contrasting lining peeking out from my always open front pocket or top of the bag. Another plus is the cross body strap (while super long in the shortest position) makes wearing the bag hands free a huge plus. The cross body strap is nice to use on the stroller but while the Hayley hangs perfectly from the stroller, the Belle is too long to use this way. The rolled handles are comfy and work well to throw the bag on your shoulder and go.

    Rebecca | November 18, 2013

    As a commuter in NYC, my bag functions the way a car would (without the engine). It has to hold everything I need for the day; my wallet, my laptop/iPad (depending on the day), my eReader, my phone, my umbrella, my knitting...and still has room for more. I've had a few MZWallace bags, but this is my absolute favorite, and the one I've recommended to quite a few friends. Holds everything and looks good doing it? Sold.

    Belinda | March 30, 2013

    Love this bag.It is the perfect commuter bag. Lots of pockets to separate all of the little things I cary around with me. The bright red lining is great to be able to find things in the spacious interior. I can fit my laptop in this bag and still have room for a folder and other things. I had the Gray Steel Belle and the tassels were a suede material, the Black Bedford Belle is a step up with leather tassels. The bag is not water-proof but I've used it in the rain and was able to shake off the droplets. Love the option to use the cross-body strap. Perfect for hands free shopping.

    Beth | December 29, 2012

    This is my favorite MZ Wallace bag!! I was looking for a work tote that would still be great for running errands afterward. The size and function are perfect... I can keep my essentials in the numerous outside pockets for quick access, while the center portion can hold my lunch, folders and other items. Nothing compares to MZ Wallace!!! Please keep more Belles coming!!!!!

    Diane | December 3, 2012

    I love this bag. A slightly larger variation on the classic Jane. I love the shoulder strap and the long front zipper pocket. Perfect for my iPad mini. Great travel bag because of the size and organization.

    Clare | October 18, 2012

    I couldn't decide FOREVER whether to get the classic Jane or go for the updated Belle. While I really would love ALL the bags, I decided on the Belle vs. the Jane ultimately because of the cross-body strap - it gives you the same feel as the Jane but has the versatility and ease of a cross body. I was also weary of the size at first (it's larger than the Jane), but after trying it on in the store and taking all the packaging out, the shape really contours to your body and you can fit a lot without the bag looking bulky! Could not be happier with my first MZ bag!

    Mariko | September 4, 2012

    This purse is bigger than Jane and smaller than Kate. Which is the best size for me! And It comes with a strap. Leather material is soft and gorgeous. Inside of the purse has cute fuchsia (dark pink), and I just love it!! This is the perfect one of my MZ Wallace collection!

    Marie | June 13, 2012

    This is the best MZ Wallace bag yet--and I have a few! The size is perfect--just enough larger than the Jane with the added plus of the cross body strap. I have had it for just two days and it has far exceeded my expectations. The eggplant color is amazing. It is very subtle. In less light, it appears to be a rich brownish black. In sunlight, there is a wonderful but subtle aubergine cast. Before it arrived, I saw the Steel Bedford Belle on a trip to Santa Fe. I was also beautiful and I was worried I had chosen the wrong color. Not so! For me, this bag in this color will go everywhere and with everything.

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