Momma Told Me: Miche Big Bag Interchangeable Purse Review and Giveaway!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Miche Big Bag Interchangeable Purse Review and Giveaway!



Momma Told Me: I love purses, I just don't love shopping for them.


How many purses do you own? If you're like me, then your passion for shoes probably is mirrored by your attraction to a quality or designer purse. But, until houses come standard with an extra 'purse closet', the obsession can become quite overwhelming and bulky. Much like heels vs flats, a clutch is as necessary as a good duffle. Then, when you take into account seasons, outfits, and occasions a girl can easily justify 20+ designer handbags. The only problem being the cost is not as easy to justify. For my mother, it wasn't so much about fashion as it was about function. Every time she found a new bag and got 'settled in' her motherly duties would result in a superglue fiasco or milk spill mess. How bothersome it was to transfer her 'life' into a new carrier that often was smaller or less accommodating than the last. If only she could change her purse as easily as her hairstyle.


Back in 2004 Michelle Romero found herself faced with the dilemma many of us have known, after a disastrous spill onto her favorite purse. Would she invest time into repairing and masking the damage or deal with the hassle of 'interviewing' and 'training' new purses? Noticing the purse had a distinct 2 layer system, which enabled her to doctor the bag with a new covering, Michelle developed a concept now copycatted around the world. She set to work designing the original interchangeable purse system. A purse with a basic core that enabled owners to collect and change the outer shells on a whim. Versatile, convenient, affordable, and a fashionista's dream.
Michelle teamed up with a friend, and like so many great and wonderful new products began selling to family and friends. Before long these innovative bags were branded as Miche (MEE-chee), after their creator's nickname, and the changeable covers were dubbed 'chelles', for their shell like properties. You may have even become familiar with the Miche purse system while perusing home shopping networks, where they were first introduced to consumers. Not only does this purse offer a solution to expensive handbag collections, as the average purse runs $80+, but 20 Miche shells can be stored where one standard purse was prior! It's one of those products I find myself asking "Where have you been, and why weren't you thought of sooner?"


Just because you change the look of the Miche doesn't mean it any less designer. There are 3 basic base bags (the core of the purse); big, mini, and classic. These range from $20.95-$34.95, and you can own all 3 for less than $100! Each bag comes with standard handles to match, but alternate accessories and handles can be purchased through the website for additional personalization and styling. Can you imagine waking up in the morning and matching your purse to your outfit? With the Miche that's very much a real possibility for just about any budget. Because new Miche shells are constantly being introduced, and old ones retired, shells start as low as $19.95! And we're not talking the ugly leftovers, these are designer, high quality, chic and fashionable shells!


What I love most about the execution of Miche is the distinct shell designs. One would think using a standard base bag would limit the styling and functionality of a purse. Impressively, the addition or removal of pockets, clasps, ridges, and textures make these shells each unique. The result is a truly impressively individual collection of looks- from one bag! I do have to say though, Miche is highly addictive, and you'd be hard pressed to choose just one shell with your initial purchase. My only complaint about the set up and shopping experience? Word of Miche's amazing concept and fashion savvy designs is quickly spreading and you have to act fast to snap up your favorites. One day you'll be contemplating an 'Erin' shell, the next it's MIA and 'out of stock'.


Miche was kind enough to send me one Big Bag Base and Lauren and Lexi shell for review here on Momma Told Me. I'd never seen a Miche in person before and had only had the privilege of browsing online, so I was unsure of what to expect. I must confess as captivating and alluring both the bag and shells are online, images do not compare to a personal encounter. Everything about these bags are rave worthy. The Miche Big Bag Base is wonderfully ruffled for a relazed duffle look that is stylish and simple. The outside is composed of easy to clean, black, material, and the inside is a warm golden yellow with multiple pockets and zipping compartment. I love that in a pinch or emergency the base bag can function entirely as a purse without the shell- genius!


No matter the Miche base, all shells attach magnetically to the upper rim of the purse. The shells I received had flaps which snapped over the rim for a seamless fit that would be indistinguishable to anyone but a Miche owner. The purse looks and functions as one whole piece despite it's amazing versatility. As for the shells, well I had chosen the Lauren for it's orient inspired appeal, with soft silky exterior, feminine bunching, and frilly stitching. Retailing for $44.95, the Lauren Miche shell is exotic and distinguished, but what had most caught my eye originally was the Lexi. Currently featured in many of the Miche website adverts and banners, the Lexi is, in my opinion, the definition of high fashion and clamor worthy purses.


Miche's Lexi shell is styled with a textured giraffe print, and faux leather material that caught my eye for it's wild nature. Online, the crimson red accents contrast beautifully with shadowed spots of muddy green/brown. In person, the animal print is textured with realistic fur crevices that cause second looks and begs to be touched. The way this bag grabs the light is truly mesmerizing and delighted me instantly. I must confess I felt as though the bag was almost too nice for me, and looked as though it cost much more than the $85 retail value (for both pieces total!) My love for this bag, and new found passion for Miche was only confirmed when I days later brought the purse to our family's Thanksgiving celebration.


I had made the mistake of leaving my Miche unattended in the living room while helping with meal preparation as guests began to arrive. Almost immediately I began to pick up on pieces of conversation I was sure were related to my purse. Sure enough, my grandmother pulled me aside to question where on Earth I had found such a "captivating" purse. To give you better insight as to why this is a statement in itself, my grandmother is very well off and known for having what she desires- typically purses worth more than the laptop I'm typing on. The fact she was taking interest in my purse was shocking. Not only was she interested, she insisted I tell her where she could buy the exact same purse! I confessed that I did not know of a retail location, but that she could order one online. Unfortunately, anything involving the internet and shopping is a turn off for her, and she appeared quite upset that she could not simply walk into a store and buy one.



About this time my Aunt passed by and interjected herself into the conversation. When she learned we were discussing my Miche she became quite animated and professed her adoration for my new purse as well. What proceeded was a bit of quarreling and resulted in my grandmother scouring her checkbook for loose cash and tossing $60 into my hand. It wasn't enough that my new Lexi Miche had been confiscated, but my Aunt persisted with her intent to acquire one as well. In short, we next spent another hour online (during Thanksgiving dinner) browsing the shells and in the end buying her a purse. I did learn from the experience that there are 100s of alternate Miche shells in the custom Miche gallery, and users can even upload their own photos or artwork onto a Miche!

So, I literally spent my Thanksgiving with my purse contents in a grocery bag, but the response from my family speaks for itself. Miche was a hit with every woman present (age 19-68), and the men loved that the bag was an affordable solution to their wives' (and daughters') hand bag obsessions. Unfortunately for me, I am missing my Miche Big Bag terribly, and the online store is currently out-of-stock! Don't let my Thanksgiving be your Christmas, grab a Miche today, and make sure to stock up for gifts so yours doesn't end up purse-napped by your grandmother!

What Daughter Says: Don't change your purse, change your shell with the impressively affordable and addictive Miche handbag system.



One very lucky Momma Told Me follower (whom I'll be truly jealous of) will win a Miche Big Bag Base, Heidi, and Lauren shells (pictured above)! The Big Bag Base is frequently Out of Stock online, so this will be an excellent score!

Mandatory Entry: You must be a Momma Told Me follower, then visit Miche, and tell me your favorite shell!
Giveaway begins June 20th, 2011 at 9:01 PM PST and ends at 9:01 PM PST on July 5th, 2011. Winner will be notified via email, and posted here. Entries valid INTERNATIONALLY. Winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn. Prize will be transferred via sponsor. Full Contest Rules and Entry Requirements can be viewed here.

As required by the FTC: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a product sample for the purpose of my review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

1,179 comments:

  1. GFC Follower: Christa
    I love the Alison & the Sandy shells... this is such a cute idea! : )
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  2. In the custom gallery, the Lime Green with Denim is so cute! Love the big flower. : )
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  3. Follow you on Twitter. Tweeted.
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  4. Follow Miche on Twitter: @wordsrollon
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  5. GFC Krystal Larson I love Alison and the Sandy Shells too!

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  7. I love the sophie shell!
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  8. http://www.facebook.com/mommatoldmeblog commented on your fb

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  9. http://www.mycustommiche.com/categories/art/design/shells/ace42292/flowery-black-and-white I love this

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  14. i like the gray with black damask in the gallery.
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  15. I like Miche on facebook
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  16. http://www.mycustommiche.com/categories/art/design/shells/ace42292/flowery-black-and-white I love this

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  17. I follow miche on twitter
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  18. voted for you on picket fence

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  22. I'm a Momma Told Me follower and I would pick the Delilah shell... because it is a diaper bag that doesn't look like a diaper bag (too much)

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  23. I also like the Drew bag. #1

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  27. My favorite is the Karen shell. Following you publicly via GFC.
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  28. I love the Alexandra shell!

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  29. My favorite gallery design is Mexico.
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  30. My favorite gallery design is Mexico.
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  31. Like Miche on Facebook
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  33. Like you on FB and left comment
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  37. Voted for you on Picket Fence.
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  38. Voted for you on Picket Fence.
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  39. NEW fan ... I really like the Big Bags, Delilah and Hope are my current favs!

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  40. The 13:13 Love from the gallery is nice ... I really enjoy inspirational bags

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  41. I am a follower of your blog. I love the Shawna big bag shell.

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  42. My favorite shell is called Shawna!

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  43. I like the Vanessa big bag shell!
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  44. In the custom gallery I love the Purple Haze

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  45. I also like the Starry Night

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  51. I'm a follower and I like the Savannah Big Bag Shell.
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  52. I am a follower and I like the Scarlet in the classic bag covers.
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  53. Yes, I'm a follower -- I like the Sophie shell

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  54. i like the raye and lexi shells, so cute!

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  55. i like the flowery black & white one in the gallery

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  56. i follow miche on twitter @briann88

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  57. I'm a follower, Chelsea Carson.
    My favorite bad is the Shawna. I love it's sophistication.

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  58. follow you gfc
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    i like the Stacy (black),Charlotte,Leila

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  59. I still think the Shawna is great, but I'm a huge fan of the Raegan too. It just looks good!
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  62. I love the Raegan too!
    fav bag number 2

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  63. I liked The Official Miche Bag page on Facebook as Chelsea Karson

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  64. I follow The Official Miche Bag on Twitter as ChelseaCarson1

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  65. I'm an email subscriber.
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  70. I follow you on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway as ChelseaCarson1
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  79. GFC follower (Katarzyna)
    I love the Sandy shell!

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  80. The Reagan shell is my favorite.

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  81. I follow Miche on twitter (@RebeccaFH).

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  82. My favorite shell from the gallery is: http://www.mycustommiche.com/categories/art/fashion/shells/laurendale/if-the-shoe-fits

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  83. #2 My favorite shell from the gallery is: http://www.mycustommiche.com/categories/art/fashion/shells/laurendale/if-the-shoe-fits

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  84. like the DANI

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  85. voted on PF #1

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  86. email subscriber #1

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  87. email subscriber #2

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  88. follow Miche on twitter (gram122)

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  89. Liked Miche on Facebook as Kasia Gocka

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  90. Following Miche on Twitter as @Kaziutka

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  91. #1 Subscribed to Momma Told Me via email

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  92. #2 Subscribed to Momma Told Me via email

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  93. My favorite is the Karen shell. Following you publicly via GFC-Louise Gilbert
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  94. #1 'Liked' Momma Told Me on Facebook as Kasia Gocka and left a comment on your wall

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  95. #2 'Liked' Momma Told Me on Facebook as Kasia Gocka and left a comment on your wall

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  96. I 'Like' Miche on Facebook -fb name Louise gilbert

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  97. #1 Following Momma Told Me on Twitter as @Kaziutka and tweeted this giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/Kaziutka/status/83241358596382720

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  99. #2 Following Momma Told Me on Twitter as @Kaziutka and tweeted this giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/Kaziutka/status/83241358596382720

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  100. I Follow Miche on Twitter-wildcardacehigh

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  102. I entered Boston Symphony Satchel from SaVorii Giveaway

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  105. I Follow Momma Told Me on Twitter AND tweet this giveaway
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  106. My fav shell in the gallery is ever after

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  107. My fav shell in the gallery is ever after

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  138. I'm a blog follower.
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  139. I love their "hope" shell,its stunning!

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  140. I 'Like' Miche on Facebook....michelle jadaa

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  141. I Follow Miche on Twitter..mitch1066

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  142. I am a GFC follower

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  145. already following via GFC: Sarah Mar'atul Azizah
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  146. +2 favorite custom shell is Enjoying the Sunshine Owls

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  150. +2 follow and tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/azhezha/status/83318338272505856

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  151. I looked thru the Gallery and I love the Gerber Pink Daisy so summery!

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  152. I am a GFC follower and I love the b/w cat.

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