I have been searching for this bag for, literally, the last 3 years, and I am thrilled to find it. I was willing to pay pretty much anything (well, OK, $300-400), but even in that price range, nothing hit the mark. Until now! Here's what I was looking for, and what this bag gets SO right:
-Roomy! But, not so big that it's like luggage. Fits a laptop, accessories, and even a small lunch tote.
-Flat straps don't dig into my shoulders. PHEW.
-Zips closed - nice and secure.
-Also, crucially, it is soft-sided, so it expands or shrinks to match the amount of stuff inside. When it's almost empty, it's nice and slim against the body. (Another reviewer wrote in specifically to say this didn't work for them, so it definitely is a subjective quality, but softer and floppier definitely work for me!)
-The price is WAY right.
Bonus points for a great color, high-quality leather, nice lining, and ample inside pockets (two open pockets, on zipped, plus the small, detachable, zipped bag. Also: can be monogrammed!! CUTE.
I would have been overjoyed if this bag had metal studs/"feet" on the bottom to prevent scratches, but that's not a dealbreaker.
I have gotten several compliments on the bag, in general, which is only icing on the cake because I love it so much, I don't even need outside praise to know I made the right choice. ;-)
I plan to buy a second one in a complimentary color! TRUE BAG LOVE... priceless, but, in this case, well within the budget.
THANK YOU, LEATHEROLOGY!
Large zippered downtown tote
Very nice soft leather bag. I haven't used
yet but have purchased many items. Been
pleased with all of them.
I always received a 10% off for another
order. Didn't receive this time so I
When I actually had this in my hands I realized this tote is just too big for me. If I needed to carry a laptop and business files it would be perfect, since it's quite thin and light for its size. As someone else mentioned, if the smaller totes had zippers, I'm sure one of them would be perfect for me. Have to say the roundtrip shipping is a killer...
We recently had an Exe leave our organization, this was the PERFECT gift for her. She loved her initials engraved on the bag also.
I have the more vertical tote; so I knew I would like the large zippered Downtown Tote as well. I love the fact that it zips and the incredible soft "hand" of the leather is wonderful. Everything I have ever purchased as a gift, or for myself, has arrived promptly and exactly as pictured and described. Leatherology's website is easily to maneuver. I will continue to purchase quality leather products from them and recommend them to everyone!
Love my tote
I just got the large zippered downtown tote in grape and it is fabulous. I really wanted one that was a little smaller but ordered this one since it was the only one that has a zipper. It came beautifully packaged and protected. The leather is soft and the tote is lightweight but clearly sturdy with good lining and pocket inside. Because it is light weight, the fact that it is a bit larger is not an issue for me. It came with a small pouch inside that you can attach with a clip and that was an added bonus for keeping small things accessible and safe. A great product.
The puirse is beautiful, well constructed, and well proportioned
The purse is great! It has a zipped opening like a purse, but enough space to carry a laptop, tablet, and a few critical files of hard copy material. The zipped purse, zipped pocket, and phone/keys... pockets make it easy to use the bag both as a purse and as a laptop tote. All in all, a very nice, well made, and beautiful product.
I've ordered many things from Leatherology. The quality, styles, colors, are wonderful. With this tote, I needed a bit more structure. It doesn't stand up by itself. It was absolutely beautiful and soft leather. Holds so much, perfect size. I did return just because of the structure issue. It may be right for you so I'm not discounting this tote. I will continue to purchase from Leatherology because it's a great online company with excellent prices.
I love my bag! Very sturdy, large and just overall beautiful. Great quality!
This is a great bag. It easily holds my eyeglasses (2 cases) wallet, cosmetics pouch, IPad and an e-reader. Great interior organization pockets for cell phone and other small items. The only thing that is lacking is an exterior zip pocket for easier cell phone access. That would be perfect!