Every year, for my birthday, I purchase a handbag for myself. I’ve been doing this for many years and have slowly built up a little handbag collection that I love. Each year, I take stock of what I want. Each year is different, and I like to get something that I don’t already have. Last year, I purchased my first Senreve bag. Today, I’m sharing my Senreve Mini Maestra Review.
The Senreve Mini Maestra is one of three sizes offered in the Maestra style. The sizes are Maestra (largest), Midi Maestra (medium), and Mini Maestra (small). When I decided on the Maestra style, I had a hard time deciding on a size. I watched many YouTube videos comparing the sizes, etc. Ultimately, I decided on the mini because it looked like right size for my height. Since I am 5’3″, anything bigger would just look out of proportion.
I did consider getting the midi for a hot second, but going with the mini was the right choice.
The Maestra style is so popular, in my opinion, because of its versatility. The strap is designed in such a way that you can use it three ways. You can use it as a shoulder bag, a crossbody, or a back pack. The back pack option was the selling point for me, because I really wanted a purse that would be easy to travel with. Having the back pack option is incredibly useful when you need to be hands free.
I first brought this bag with me on our Bryson City trip last December, when we rode the Polar Express train. It was the perfect choice, because I used it as a back pack 90% of the time.
That leads me into the next feature of this Senreve Mini Maestra review, and that is the closure. There are pros and cons for the closure, in my opinion. Firstly, it is very secure. The closer has a strap that slides through an opening and then closes magnetically. For that reason alone, it made me feel better to use it as a back pack. It would be incredibly difficult and noticeable if someone was trying to get into the bag.
And that leads me to the first con — it is awkward to open and close. I have used this in many situations, and running around town doing errands makes it cumbersome to get in and out of. That being said, it would be less awkward if I had a smaller wallet. The closure would still be awkward, but it would be much easier to get my wallet out if I had a smaller wallet. So, I would say it’s a very secure purse but not always the easiest to get in and out of.
The interior is beautiful. I haven’t mentioned the exterior yet, because I will share the different leather options below. But, the interior is a beautiful pale blue suede. It’s so soft and gorgeous. The pockets make it very easy to organize all your belongings.
In my Neverfull, I typically use small pouches to store my belongings. But, in my Senreve Mini Maestra, there is one small pocket with a button closure that is large enough for my sunglasses, inhaler and key holder with room for more. There are small divided pockets in front of the small pocket where I store my lip balm and pen. The large section is where I store my wallet and phone. There is also a small interior flat pocket and a small flat pocket on the back of the exterior.
Now, let’s talk about the exterior. I’ve left this part to the last because there are just so many options. The leather options are pebbled, mimosa, dolce, vegan, dragon, and mixed leather. I went with the pebbled leather, because it’s very durable. I am not very rough on my purses, but I wanted to get the most durable option just in case.
I chose the black pebbled leather, since most of my purses are just basic colors that go with everything. However, the colors are endless. Senreve offer so many beautiful colors, you really could get nearly anything you might want. The colors are limited to the different types of leather.
This last part of this review will be regarding price. Of course, at the time of publication, prices are nearly everything are rising. When I purchased my Mini Maestra in 2019, it was $695. That price has not gone up at this time. It is still $695. Of course, the larger sizes of the Maestra will be more, and it will depend on the leather and color. Basically, the Midi Maestra starts at $795 and the Maestra starts at $895. The most expensive versions of the Maestra are the dragon leather and the mixed leather, at $1175.
This is obviously a splurge bag, but it is one I recommend very highly. The quality and craftmanship is beautiful, and I see myself using this bag for many, many years to come. Thank you for reading my Senreve Mini Maestra review!