Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Product Review: Namaste Boardwalk Bag & Skinny Mini

Product: The Boardwalk Bag
Company: Namaste Inc.
Retail Price: $97.50
Dimensions: L: 7" at top, 11.5" at base; W: 3.5" from front to back, 6.5" at base; H:14"
Materials: Exterior: PVC-Free, animal friendly faux leather; Interior: PET microsuede (faux suede made from recycled plastic bottles)
Available Colors: Espresso, Red, Eggplant, Black

Alrighty fiber friends. You ALL know that I am in love with just about every product Namaste produces.  It's no secret that I've reviewed their fab bags before!!  When I saw the drool-worthy Boardwalk Bag, I begged asked Kelly of Namaste if I could please review it.  Now, I've been sportin' this puppy all over town for the past month and a half!  I've taken it to the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Show, where the amazing StevenBe even drooled over me having one.  I've taken it to 2 different knitting groups. I've taken it to family functions, the coffee shop, and to lunch dates with friends. Heck, I've even taken it to the grocery store. So I'm happy to give a proper review of what this bag is capable of!

First and foremost, I must tell you that I adore Namaste's philosophy on animal friendly bags.For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of owning one, it's not the cheesy faux leather product you oftentimes see in place of leather handbags. This has a luxurious feel to it. It even fooled my mother, who wanted this very bag for just an everyday handbag (she doesn't knit).  After nearly 60 days of throwing this bag all around, the exterior is just as supple and shiny as the day I got it, with no obvious marks on the bag and no signs of wear. The inside of the bag is just as luxurious.  It's faux suede is soft and durable.  And unlike other faux suede items, the interior of this bag did not pill up or display a worn out look. And let's just say I abused this bag to no end.  I schlepped my clunky wallet, my knitting projects with my very sharp lace needles, and everything else I need: a cellphone, makeup bag, and even knitting mags & books in it.

The bag is well constructed.  The stitching is sturdy as well as the handle hardware and grommets. The closure has not weakened or separated from the bag with repeated opening and closing of the bag.  The zippers move freely and legs are sturdy with no signs of separating from the bag base.

The bag has 2 outside zipper pockets: 1 in the front and 1 on the left side back.  It also has a generous inside zippered pocket as well as 2 unzippered pockets for cellphones, devices, or a small wallet on the inside. The inside of the bag is hollow, allowing for a multitude of projects to be fit into it.  I stuffed this bag full to see what I could do to it while at Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Show.  At one point, I had a knitting book I'd won there, 5 skeins of yarn in a bag, my cellphone, my wallet, my buttons (to hand out), and 2 knitting projects in the bag.  It all fit comfortably. What made this even more enjoyable at the show was that I was able to have my hands free, putting the bag (a backpack) on my back!

The backpack handles are nice and wide, at about 1 1/4" wide and are fully adjustable with sturdy hardware.  The bag feels comfortable and lightweight when worn. I was nervous that the faux leather would make my back sweaty, but was relieved to find that it was very comfortable and I had no issues with weight or heat.

Overall, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this bag! It's quality construction paired with it's fashionable appearance is a must have for any knitter or fiberista. Even non-knitters will LOVE this bag as an everyday handbag.  In fact, it's replaced both my knitting bag and my purse and is now my go-everywhere bag! No lie!

Product: Skinny Mini
Company: Namaste Inc.
Retail Price: $17.25
Dimensions: 2.5" W at the bottom, 1" W at the top; 2.5"H; 8.5"L
Materials: Same as The Boardwalk Bag
Available Colors: Black, Eggplant, Hollywood Pink, Lime, Red, Peacock

When I opened the box from Namaste, I was surprised to find they included their new Skinny Mini notions case for me to review!  This little wedge is every bit as luxurious and durable as one would expect from Namaste.  But it's SO cute!  I was able to fit my tapestry needles, DPNs, Straight Needles, & Cable needles up to 8" long, my stitch markers, a small measuring tape, and a small row counter in this notions case.

Again, the stitching is nice and sturdy. This cutie patootie got thrown in the Boardwalk Bag along with my large wallet, my projects, and other necessities and doesn't show any signs of wear. The zipper is stitched in nicely, moves freely, and has a wonderful zipper pull.  Triangular in shape, once unzipped, the top opens extremely wide to create a rectangle for ease of use. I didn't find it hard to get my hands in and out of the Skinny Mini because of how it opens up at the top.

I enjoyed the Skinny Mini notions case.  It's durable, beautiful, and the perfect compliment to any Namaste bag!

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Disclosure: Namaste Inc. provided KnitPurlGurl with (1) Boardwalk Bag and (1) Skinny Mini FREE for review. KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the preceeding review.  All opinions expressed in the review are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Namaste Inc.



  1. I've tried namaste bags and they are lovely.

  2. I was all set to buy the Boardwalk bag but I wanted to see it in person. So I looked at it at Stitches West - and they had a great offer there - but I found there was one thing missing that I truley wanted - and that was a seperate type of pocket inside to put/keep patterns in - I tend to make copies of the patterns and put them in those plastic sleeve protectors. And I really want some way to carry them and keep them protected. And inside pocket along the side of the inside bag would just make it perfect - I wrote that to them, so I wish they would come out with that variation....until then I will just keep searching!

  3. I wish I had one of those bags!!! I ought to put it in my Mother's day wish list... We nerver know! lol

  4. I known for a long time that we need to carry Namaste bags in the shop. Now I know why. After all, I want one myself! Thank you so much for this review, very helpful.


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