The Mini Candace in Black is a bold black, not faded or coloured in any way. The fabric is stiff with a slight flexibility, exceptional quality and a cross-hatch pattern in texture. There are gold details on the bag – the zipper, long strap clips, the embossed Kate Spade logo on the front, the base of the decorative swing tag and the little buttons on the bottom of the bag to keep it standing up.
The gold on the swing tag looks scratched however it’s just the reflection 🙂
The sturdy handles on this bag stay upright and they’ve become one of my favourite features. They make it so easy to grab the bag quickly if needed, so you don’t have to fumble around with straps. They’re also rounded so they sit comfortably on the arm if you wanted to carry the bag that way. Some people said how the handles got in the way when trying to get in the bag, but I don’t find that at all. I think it’s more so a good thing, as it’s not simple for a crazy bag intruder to get into it without making it obvious. 😊
The long strap can be clipped on at the top of the bag and it’s adjustable in size. It’s thin, but not so thin that you’d fear it snapping.
The main pocket of the bag is in a black and white stripe fabric. There’s a little zip pocket on one side of it and a non-zipped pocket on the other. The base of the main pocket is flat and is wider on the inside than what you’d think, as the bag pokes out on both sides.
There is also a pocket on the front of the bag which has a gold magnetic press clip on the inside. My iPhone 7 Plus fits in there easily, still with the ability to clip the pocket shut. I love to pop it in there while I’m shopping as it’s easy to grab out if needed.
It’s bigger than all the small sling bags I’ve been using lately, yet smaller than a regular sized handbag. I can fit everything I need into it – my phone, a small makeup bag and my card holder. If you carry a wallet, that would definitely fit in as well. The thing that takes up most of the space in my bag is the makeup case, so without that there really is a lot of room.