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Review: My First Anello

I am officially the world’s worst person when it comes to following trends. The bandwagon leaves waaay before I even think of jumping on it!

Such is my love story with Anello. I have always preferred bags over shoes, but I tend to gravitate toward leather and classic styles. I discovered Anello in early 2016 through a friend who is a fan of all things Japanese. And then in early 2017, a close friend who lives in Japan proposed a business with me. During this time, Anello was all the rage and we thought we could sell them here straight from Japan. Obviously, it didn’t come to fruition because none of us had selling experience hehe.

Come mid-to-late 2017. My son is already in school and I find myself bringing lots of stuff whenever I go out (which is everyday). I have to bring an entire change of clothes, a towel or two, snacks, Yuri’s Thermos… No one told me being a school-mom is much like being a baby-mom. While my old leather bags are spacious enough to accommodate them, they’re too heavy. I am on the go and I bring my laptop with me, too, and my shoulders can only take so much.

I decided to give Anello a chance. I wasn’t planning on buying the faux-leather ones as I had bad experience with leatherette, so nylon it is! I was deciding between the tote style and the 2-way shoulder bag but, with my current lifestyle, I thought I could benefit from an adjustable strap. Thus, the shoulder bag!

(I haven’t had my eyebrows on yet, thus the cropped picture haha!)


I am aware that there’s already a physical Anello store in Manila but Manila is too far from Davao. I did a bit of sleuthing and discovered Anello DirectI saw several reviews vouching for its legitimacy and how it only sells genuine Anello + it offers free shipping worldwide. I ordered the Anello 2-Way Shoulder Bag (Large) in Light Gray for $39.90.  After more than 2 weeks of waiting, here it is!

It got sent through PhilPost and I paid around P112 for it.

There’s a discount code!

It came in a huge bubble wrap bag and then in this Anello zip-lock style plastic bag.

Three tags

First is the Anello card which is white and textured

A closer look at the texture

Social media info

Care instructions I guess?

The bag code and the color

The bag code and the color

The Anello patch is smooth and satiny, the letters are centered and well-spaced. Two bottles that intersect form the logo (they intersect well – no smudging, blotting whatsoever).


Round golden rivets

More rounded golden hardware

It says “Carrot Co.” inside the snap

Golden zippers

Consistent stitching all throughout

Gold zipper (again) and a leather(ette?) bag tag

The adjustable shoulder strap

Let me just say that I am now officially an Anello believer. It’s so roomy and lightweight and I don’t have to worry about putting too much inside — it’s a heavy duty bag! The strap doesn’t pinch my shoulders and it doesn’t feel like I’m lugging around a pile of rocks. And just like its promise, the bottom of the bag doesn’t lose its shape even though there’s a lot inside.

Next on my list: either the tote bag or the backpack!

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  • Reply Tipid Mommy February 2, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Naku! Thanks for sharing mommy na kapag school days pala ay need ko ng heavy duty bag. Mukhang okay ang Anello. Ilan years kaya sya nagagamit usually? I saw a branch near our area last weekend (sana mag-sale! hehe)

  • Reply Michi February 2, 2018 at 9:28 am

    I bought Anello backpack last year and so far I’m happy with my purchase. I’m planning to buy shoulder bag din when my budget permits. I bought mine in BGC but now I’m glad that we have two stores near our place na so I’m sure makakarating na rin sila ng Davao.

  • Reply Neri Ann February 2, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Parang ako din napakalate bloomer sa kung ano ung mga uso! I am not really into bags. Ako yung tipo ng tao na hindi bumibili ng bag hangga’t hindi nasisira ung gamit kong bag! Ha Ha Ha Kuripot peg! Pero isa talaga ang anello sa mga gusto kong bilhin if ever na bibili ako. Gusto ko ung backpack nila. Mukhang maganda din pla ung ganyan akala ko maliit lang.

  • Reply Shalene R February 3, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    I am not a bag person (well buti na lang kasi ang mahal magcollect ng bags esp the ones made from genuine leather) but I like bags na heavy duty. I hate faux leather kasi feeling ko sandali ko lang magagamit. That Anello bag is great for mommies like us na on-the-go madalas.. when running errands parang hindi mo na maiisip na pang-gandara bag yung dadalhin mo haha.

  • Reply Janice February 10, 2018 at 12:12 am

    I’ve been wanting to try an Anello shoulder bag too! I feel like it’s going to be a perfect mommy/baby bag for me. I like shoulder straps but love having the crossbody strap option because it is super useful when I need to carry my toddler. My two daughters have Anello backpacks but I haven’t been able to purchase any for myself yet.
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  • Reply Kitty March 13, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been looking for an Anello bag and came across Anellodirect also – so you would say this site is legit and sells authentic Anello bags?

    • Reply Maan March 13, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Hi Kitty, I’m pretty certain what I’m using now is real Anello – all the signs point to it being legit hehe. Plus the quality is superb and the bottom doesn’t sag even when it’s heavy (I stuff my almost 2kg laptop into it almost everyday). ^_^

  • Reply Erika Ann March 13, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    The bag looks pretty! Its the first time i’ve heard of it so i think i’m worse than you when it comes to trends. Is there a local store of Anello in the Philippines? I don’t like paying for shipping fees. Great post!
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    • Reply Maan March 18, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      I’m pretty sure there’s an Anello store somewhere in Metro Manila 😀

  • Reply Michelle April 12, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Thank you so much for this post!

    I ordered my first Anello Backpack Rucksack Mini from Anello Direct and received it yesterday (14 days for postage from Hong Kong to Perth, Australia). Your post helped me decided to buy from Anello Direct and I’m so happy i did! Free shipping as well. I did some research on how to spot if the bag is a fake and my backpack looks 100% genuine to me; I can’t fault it. So happy. Thanks again! xox

    • Reply Maan April 12, 2018 at 11:46 am

      Yay so happy to hear that!

  • Reply Armaine May 7, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Hi! I just bought my backpack from anello direct a couple minutes ago, did you have to pay for duties ??? because I used paypal for the first time and it didn’t show me the duties and taxes, sorry I sound dumb! lmao! 😛

    • Reply Maan May 8, 2018 at 7:16 am

      Hi, I didn’t pay for anything else! ^_^

  • Reply Fatz May 10, 2018 at 3:42 am

    I just got my AT-C1225 10pocket 2way rucksack shoulder bag from AnelloDirect too. I was delivered yesterday. Although, of course, the color wouldnt be as vibrant as shown in the picture, I love it. It took me months before I bought it from AnelloDirect. Kasi nga un worry kung legit. Mukhang authentic naman. Stiches are well sewn. Rivets are polished and well snapped. Carrot Co. on snaps. Tags are complete. There’s just this slight misalignment with the Anello patch but totally tolerable. It’s my second Anello bag and I swear it is very convenient and durable. I’ve had my first faux leather backpack for 2yrs now and so far, the only proof that the bag is old is just the gold zippers fading. Sobrang wala pa siyang sira. And it’s very easy to just open the backzipper when you need to have it checked sa security.

    The only downside with this purchase is that, I had to pay 120php for postal handling fee. Lamo na Pilipinas, lahat may bayad. But at least it’s duty free.

  • Reply Anabelle Tiam July 7, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    I also love bags that’s why I also bought an Anello bag from an online seller… upon using it for a week, my tastas nman. I started to doubt if it was fake or authentic since the online seller claims that it was legit at original. I told the sellee what happened, I even showed a picture then she replied that Anello bags are more for porma only and that it is intended for light weight use only…

    • Reply Maan July 9, 2018 at 8:24 am

      Really? I use mine everyday and sobrang bigat. It’s packed to the brim plus with laptop and power banks pa

  • Reply Jay September 22, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Maan. Y do u have to pay 100+ at Philpost. I thought shipping is free? Thanks

    • Reply Maan October 26, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      Hi, sorry I just saw this. Shipping from abroad is free. You just have to pay at the Philpost to claim your package (so yes technically not 100% free, but you’re paying Philpost, not Anello ^_^)

  • Reply Eunice December 28, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Hi. How do you wash your bag? Is it the water repellant type?

    • Reply Maan January 1, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      I’m kinda rough when it comes to my Anello bag and just throw it into the wash (enclosed in a zippered pillowcase) 😀

  • Reply Nicole February 23, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Hello!! Im actually planning to buy one later. glad i came across your review! Planning to buy that kind of bag also pero ung mini lang sguro. How is it? Gusto ko sana ung leather nila kaso upon reading ng reviews dun sa fb page nila it seems bilis masira nung sa may rim na tela.. 🙁 how’s yours ngayon? Okay pa din?

    • Reply Maan April 13, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      Hi! Sorry it took me so long to respond. Yes, okay pa sya after more than a year of regular heavy use 😀

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