Tory Burch Ella Nylon Tote

The first time I saw the Tory Burch Ella Nylon Tote in Yellow, my eyes were pretty much fixed on it. Essentially, a weekender bag in my opinion. With the stuff I lug around with every time I leave the house, I thought the size is perfect for me! Yes, it is NOT Manila-friendly. It does not  zip close, you see. But that did not stop me from getting hold of it. 😛

The color of this Tory Burch Ella Nylon Tote is almost golden yellow. It’s capacious enough to accommodate all my stuff and some. The material is nylon. Hence, the name, I suppose. The handles, corner portions and the medallion are made of leather. Before purchasing, I read a review of one who bought from Bloomingdales that the leather was not exactly the best material. Hoping my being careful in handling it is going to make a difference.

Shawna’s review can be found here:
When I first bought the bag, I was thrilled – my first Tory! But after a week of use, I noticed the handles fraying beyond belief and the bag was literally coming apart. I went to Bloomie’s after this had happened, and a product analyst was there. She told me she is embarrassed to sell this bag because the quality is not up to par! I exchanged it for the Tory Nylon tote. I love this one! The quality is much better and it is much sturdier. I would highly recommend the Tory Nylon tote instead!

medallion logo detail affixed on canvas lining

Tory Burch zipper pull. I love the deep zippered pocket that houses my valuables.

The size is a dream! It can serve as a working bag that can accommodate a laptop and some (essentially the rest of your office stuff, if you must). It can pass for a diaper bag or a weekender bag even. The huge medallion face is fun too. And if you want to be discreet, you can always wear it with the medallion facing your body instead.

The side snaps that transform the tote into a pretty triangular shape. Two bags in one!

Threads loose on my fifth use!

Come to think of it, even if I was at liberty to carry my whole closet in my Ella Nylon tote, it was just too huge to even come to the point of overflow. So this thread loosing on me on my fifth use is not acceptable.

Notice the tiny portions where the leather peeled off? Disappointing, I know! Let this serve as a warning. But this might just be isolated to this particular Tory Burch model.

Too bad, turns out that what that customer who bought from Bloomingdales said was true. The purse might not be literally coming apart, all right. But the leather covering the medallion and the handles are too thin and peels off easily. I went right back to Tory Burch in Greenbelt 5 to ask what’s up with the low quality of craftmanship for an almost $250 tote. I never had this quality issue with my Longchamp purses. And all the sales attendant can tell me was to have my tote fixed at Besa’s.

So Besa’s, it is.

Another disappointment, I tell ya. Here is Besa’s guarantee according to their site:

When it comes to handling, restoring, maintaining and repairing your designer bags and even shoes, there’s no place to go to but The Leather SPA by Besa’s. This is the place for your most loved expensive shoes and bags for repair or required maintenance.

I had it done in Besa’s Market Market branch. So much for high quality repair, eh? At P250 per corner, no less. I had all corners reinforced just to be sure. So that cost me P1,000 in total. I certainly expected a better quality of repair and reinforcement. Made me think that I should have gone to the Bag Doctor instead.

Tory Burch Ella Nylon Tote filled with my everyday stuff

Truth be told, the size, design, versatility and the Ella Nylon Tote’s overall look, I love. The portions of the medallion peeling off and the thread that loosened on the fifth use, not so much. Worsened by the supposed reinforcement/repair done by Besa’s. Tory Burch is located at Greenbelt 5 in Makati.



  1. Rach says:

    Thank you for this review. I was already favoring the Tory Burch over the Michael Kors bag that I like. You saved me from a big disappointment.

    My 2-year old Long Champ is still in great shape even though I’ve been abusing it for so long. I thought another nylon bag would be nice. Glad I read this review before I made a final purchase. Thanks.

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  3. Hi! I was planning to pick up one of these ella totes until I stumbled upon this entry. I was shocked to know that the quality is not up to par. It’s been 2 years since this post was originally made and I was hoping that the company has made improvements on the quality of this bag.

    I would like to know if you have friends or know people that have experienced the same? Or if you have seen people complaining about the quality until now?

  4. Ces says:

    I am saved by this blog. Thank you so much!

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