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Whether you’re dreaming about your next jet-set vacation or just planning a quick, socially distant trip to the beach, having reliable travel bags is must — and I think I’ve found the perfect bag for all your needs - even Oprah’s a fan!
Paravel is an American company that makes fashionable, sustainable and durable items for travel, everything from suitcases to backpacks and packing cubes. It’s best-known for the stain-resistant canvas they use and hand-painted monogram designs. Better yet — right now, most of these trendy items are 15% off — but only until July 5.
With regulations around travel in Canada and abroad beginning to ease, if you’re considering stocking up on a new suitcase, carryall, backpack or handbag, I wanted to give you an honest review of the Paravel purchases I made so you can tell if they’re right for you.
After reading many rave reviews of the products, and watching a mesmerizing video of the stain and water-resistant technology in action, I decided to purchase two bags - the Weekender and the Upland Backpack, both in Domino Black with the hand-painted monogram in green.
As soon as it arrived, the Weekender became my go-to bag for travel. My laptop fits in it comfortably, with tons for room for any beauty products, clothes, shoes, notebooks, chargers and more. The sleek beige canvas with the black leather details is timeless and I get compliments on my bag everywhere I go. There is also a panel on the pack of the bag that easily slides onto the handle of a suitcase for easy travelling.
I love the Weekender but it looks even better when I carry it with my matching Upload Backpack. For me, the backpack gets more use because it’s my daily work bag (well, pre-COVID-19 anyway). As someone with scoliosis who has been mandated by a doctor to use a backpack to carry things as much as possible - this is the most comfortable one I have every used. The straps have just enough padding so they don’t dig into your chest, but they also don’t feel too bulky. The bag as a ton of storage, with some smaller pockets on the side and a pocket on the outside of the bag for anything you need quick access to.
Although Paravel promotes its stain-resistant canvas, I was definitely still a bit skeptical and was curious to see if the cream colour would really hold up. I’ve taken my bags on planes, trains, buses, subways, in the snow and the rain, and they still look great. The company recommends that you use a gentle household soap and a soft cloth to work through any stubborn messes on your bags, but I haven’t had to test this yet in the year I’ve had the bags.
If you’re contemplating spending the extra $65 on a hand-painted monogram, I don’t regret my decision to splurge. The sophisticated, unique design was definitely worth the price tag. As a Canadian, I also appreciate that Paravel calculates any duties and taxes at checkout, so there aren’t any unexpected fees when the items arrive.
I’m incredibly pleased with my Paravel purchases and I already added more items on my list now that there’s an extra discount. If you’re looking to snag up some of these cult-favourite picks, I’ve rounded up my favourites below.
SHOP IT: Paravel, $276 (originally $325)
SHOP IT: Paravel, $247 (originally $295)
SHOP IT: Paravel, $233 (originally $275)
SHOP IT: Paravel, $55 (originally $65)
SHOP IT: Paravel, $242 (originally $285)