Get the look for less! Did you know that you could get a high-end, designer look (with Lug bags) without breaking the bank? I’ll share with you styles from Chanel, Coach, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and YSL, and which bags from Lug’s collection can help you achieve the same look.
Let’s get started!
The Chanel Classic Handbag
The Chanel Classic Handbag is priced at $6,800 USD! But a quilted black bag is a must have in every girl’s wardrobe! Get the look with Lug’s Presto bubble quilted crossbody convertible handbag in midnight black.
The Coach x Jennifer Lopez Hutton Shoulder Bag in Colorblock
This Coach collab with J Lo will run you at $495 USD. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your colour blocking on! Get the look with Lug’s Pirouette convertible crossbody in the contemporary blush pink and wine combination.
Although this Gucci GG Marmont is not a current style on their website, I do think it is absolutely gorgeous and a beautiful statement piece. A GG Marmont shoulder bag will start at $2,050 USD. Get the look with Lug’s Carousel XL in bouquet red and switch out the strap!
This LV print was also inspired by the ancient Japanese Shibori technique, and this Escale Keepall Bandoulière 50 is priced at $2,640 USD. If you’re looking for a travel bag, go with Lug’s Propeller in diamond white (also a shibori technique called itajime). Or, for a satchel look, go with Lug’s Caboose lunch bag. Yes, I said lunch bag. But it still has a beautiful satchel look! And hey, why not have a multipurpose bag?
It’s time for a Lug Pacer VL review! When Lug released their vegan leather line, my mind was blown. I’ve been collecting Lug since 2012, and though I wasn’t a Lug collector from their inception, I do consider myself in the know about their brand. And I never thought that, in a million years, would they ever do a leather style collection.
Lug’s VL (vegan leather) collection has been out for a couple months now, with mixed feelings from their customers. Not every Lug nut is on the vegan leather bandwagon, and hey, that’s okay. But, for those of us who are on board, toot toot!
Lug took some of their most beloved silhouettes in their polyester line and put them into their vegan leather collection. One of which is the Pacer. I’ll share with you my honest thoughts, what I love about this bag and what my concerns are.
Let’s get started.
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One main zipper compartment
One front soft lined slip pocket with magnetic closure
One front zipper pocket
Studded front pocket with flap entry and magnetic closure
One back zipper pocket
Removable vegan leather shoulder strap
Adjustable and removable printed crossbody strap
Body & Trim: 65% PU (Polyurethane) 35% Polyester
Lining: 100% Polyester
Includes dust bag with drawstring closure
PETA-Approved Vegan Leather
Two cargo pockets
One zipper pocket
One clearview zipper pocket
One retractable key chain
Two pen holders
Three card slots and one clearview ID window
RFID: Back zipper pocket
Dimensions: 10.5″W x 8″H x 4.5″D
Weight: 1.5 lb
Shoulder Strap Length: 22″ | Strap Drop: 10″
Crossbody Strap Length: 31″ to 58″ | Strap Drop: 14.5″ to 29″
Lug Pacer VL Review | THE PROS
The Lug Pacer VL is honestly one of my favourite bags of the moment. The fabrication of this vegan leather is very soft and malleable, and the pebble detailing is really beautiful. When looking at the fabrication, it really does look and feel like the real deal.
The Stud Detailing
I also really like the studded detailing on the front of the bag. But, surprisingly, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Pacer or Pacer 2 in the original polyester fabrication. Only after purchasing the Pacer VL, did I consider purchasing the Pacer 2 in navy blue. I ended up not liking the stud detailing with the polyester fabrication and returned it.
The stud detailing really suits the leather look for the Pacer VL, and reminds me of leather jackets, boots and purses with studs. Maybe that’s why I was so drawn to the copper brown colour, it must remind me of cognac boots and purses. I also find that the Pacer VL has just the right amount of studs and is not overkill, like some other bags where you’ll find that the entire bag is studded on every side. With the Pacer VL, you have just a little bit of pop, for a little bit of personality.
Two Different Straps
I’m thoroughly enjoying the vegan leather strap and printed crossbody strap options. I think this is an awesome idea to give your bag some pizazz, and helps separate your style from other basic boring vegan leather bags.
It’s also a very easy bag to clean. I take Lysol wipes to it and have no issues, and I never need to worry about drying out a leather skin, because there is none. I’ve also been a little rough with this vegan leather and it hasn’t scratched up or torn.
Lug Pacer VL Review | THE CONCERNS
The Lug Pacer VL I now have is actually my second one. The first one I received ended up having stitching issues. Some of the problem areas were at the top of the bag (if I’m confusing you, please see my video above), where under a number of stitch loops, the polyurethane had pulled and began peeling. Another issue was that some of the stitch work did not look so clean.
Lug did end up issuing me a credit, but it felt like a long process. It took about 1.5 weeks to receive the bag, only to find that it was defective, send the bag back, wait until they received it before I could get a credit, order a new one, and then wait another 1.5 weeks for it to arrive. So, this process roughly took a month to receive the replacement bag. I know, first world problems.
Right now I am monitoring whether the stitching will have the same issues in the same areas.
The other concern I have is how the bag will wear in extreme heat and extreme cold. I say this because I grew up in a city that had very hot summers (as hot as 35°C to 38°C/95°F to 100°F) and very cold winters (-40°C to -50°C/-40°F to -58°F). In extreme heat, I’ve had bags fade in the hot summer sun, or even peel from intense heat. And in cold weather, edging on the straps of my past faux leather/leather bags would crack just from touching cold air and then going into a warm environment.
So if you live in an extremely hot city or an extremely cold one, these are some things you may want to look out for.
Would I recommend this bag?
Yes, I would. Even after needing a replacement, and also waiting to see how the bag will fair in the future, I do still think this is an excellent bag. Lug offers great customer service and has a one year warranty (two years if you register your product with them within 30 days of purchase if purchase from another retailer other than Lug), and an automatic two year warranty when you purchase your items directly from their website.
Even though we may not be using our bags the way used to outside of a pandemic, two years should give sufficient time if there are any real product defects with the bag. And that’s why I can confidently recommend Lug’s VL line.
What do you think of the Pacer VL?
Are you curious about this bag? Or the vegan leather line from Lug? Do you have the Pacer VL? Leave your comments below!
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It’s 2021 and Lug has come out with many a bag since these two hit the scene, so why do a comparison then?
First, because I love Lug. Second, the Ace 2 is still available on luglife.com and many other websites. Third, comparing it with the first Ace will show you how Lug continually builds “the better bag”. Fourth, you may have the Ace and might be wondering if you should upgrade to the Ace 2. And lastly, you may want to purchase the original Ace, either online (new or used), in a store or second hand.
What’s a go-bag? And why do we need it? It is a bag that houses essentials, ready to “go”, in the event of an emergency where you need to evacuate your home. A bag that may be packed for times when a natural disaster might strike. In my province, we’ve had forest fires, flooding and tornadoes.
If you’ve assembled your go-bag, good to hear! If you haven’t yet, why not consider using one (or two) of your Lug overnight bags to get it ready?
Why do I say Lug bags would make an awesome go-bag? Uh… because it’s Lug of course! No, I’m kidding. The organization in a Lug overnight bag comes in handy and may be able to relieve much stress by knowing where your things are.
Take a look at how you can get some ideas on how to organize your go-bag.
Sometimes, we’re just looking for a great deal right? Who isn’t? The more you can save, the more Lug you can buy. 😉 Especially when we take a look at what Lug has listed on their website as best sellers.
I’ve used Lug’s website and compared it with a few other sites and found Amazon (shipped and sold by Amazon for this post, also easier for returns), QVC and Limolin came up with great prices. They also were websites that carried the most stock overall to compare with a good number of items on Lug’s best seller page.
I’ve organized this list by best selling item (as listed on Lug’s website) and not by alphabetical order. If you’re also wondering why some items may be missing from Lug’s best selling list below, it’s either because there was only one colour left, they haven’t been as popular as others to compare, or Lug’s price at the current moment is a better deal.
The Lug Presto video shows the model wearing it two ways. But how many ways can you really wear this bag? And are there other ways you can style them?
The Lug Presto is one of my favourite bags. I was super excited to see them release a dressier bag, because sometimes, you just need one right? Why? Why does Lug need to keep dressy bags in their collection?
Because a few years ago, my friend (who also loves Lug) was all dolled up for her brother’s wedding. She looked absolutely gorgeous! But what did she bring to the ceremony and reception? A Lug Sidekick! My heart sank, and I just thought, there has to be a better way. Enter the Presto.
Let’s really dive into how many ways you really can style this bag!