this bag arrived promptly, wrapped very well and when I opened it I was immediately in love. Now - definitely read the product dimensions, this bag is LARGE but not so much so that it is cumbersome. I was looking for a large tote bag that would stand up by itself, fit a clipboard/ notepad combo as well as my work tablet, water, and all the normal purse essentials. this bag does all that and leaves room for more PLUS it's incredibly stylish. As a mom of 4 I don't typically splurge on items for me, but this bag is WELL worth the little amount they are asking for it. The outside is beautiful leather with heavy duty hardware and the inside (I bought the Athena black) is Luxe patterned vinyl, so it's ridiculously easy to clean up and cute to boot! As mentioned between the straps and outer shell on both sides is a purse length pocket/ sleeve that fits my wallet, surface tablet, file folders, etc., then inside on one side you have two pen sleeves, a good size zipper pocket (lined in the same vinyl!!), and the opposite side features 3 clear vinyl pockets that fit a cell phone (depending on your phone size or case) and other small essentials. There is a lovely key ring inside, with a D ring that the key ring clips on to so you never loose your keys in this amazing bag. I have since ordered the smaller version, The Olivia, for an everyday bag and I cannot wait for it to arrive! * when this bag arrives the front is locket, use the key to turn the small mechanism, then push the round buckle in and slide it up, the latch will release and you can opt to not lock again so then you would just need to push the round buckle in any time thereafter.
Great bag all around. To unlock, use the "key" to turn the lock mechanism into a position where it looks like an "H" (presumably meaning 'Hill'). Next, pull the circular metal piece down and pull the latch (just above the circular piece) toward yourself. Voila! You can choose to leave the lock in the "H" position and just unlatch each time by pulling down on the round metal piece. Or you can lock as needed by twisting the "H" on its side. Good luck and enjoy the bag!
I have been using this bag for a few weeks now and absolutely love it. It is big enough to fit everything I want to take to work during the week, and all the gizmos I might want to stuff into it on the weekend when I'm going places with my kids. I also think it would be great to travel with. There are pockets running the full length of the bag on front and back; I use them to stash my cell phone, keys, and ID card holder for work. I recently took the bag with me to a girls' night with my friends, and three of the girls ended up ordering one that night after the saw it! I have the bag in Dusk, which is a laminate fabric; I love that it wipes off easily.
As stated in another review, this bag was well made, but the lock on the front is a real pain to get open. I can open it, but not without a ton of effort and much fiddling with the catch in the front. Other than the lock issue, the bag is beautiful and sturdy and would have worked well, but I didn't want to fight the lock every time I tried to open and close the bag. It takes so much force to get it open, I fear it would break in a week or two. I will be calling for a refund / replacement on this one!
The purse it of very high quality, and very pretty. I get many compliments on it. It seems to be holding up really well, the fabric is nice, the leather holds up well. The only thing I wasn't expecting is the fact it is so big! It guess that is why they say tote, but I didn't know it would be so long. I use it as a purse, and it can fit alot of stuff in it. This is especially nice if you have a small child. You can put diapers and wipes in there without having to hall the diaper bag everywhere. All in all I love this purse and would recommend it to anyone. Plus you can't beat the price!
Very poor quality. Not as pictured. Plastic feel to exterior of bag. Not happy or satisfied with construction of bag. Thought about givingit away to good will. A waste of money even though it was on sale. An issue of if something looks to good to be true it probably is.
This is a good value for a bag, but I thought I knew what I was buying because I checked the sizes SO carefully!! Then I received a mammoth bag. The material is stif. And the bag is extremely heavy!! -- without anything in it yet. Not sure what I'll use it for, but certainly not a shopping trip.
Great to take the extra things you need on a trip. After reading the reviews I was ready to tackle the lock and it was not hard to figure out....with the help of my husband. (Use the little key and slide the barrel down.) the lock will be nice when leaving the bag in my room since most would not even know it was there. Great quality for the price!
I'm sorry these are no longer being made. The bag is sturdy and extremely well-made, with lots of space for all kinds of things. I bought one of the oilcloth fabric bags, and I'm very happy with how easy it is to wipe clean. I get compliments and "where did you find that great bag?" whenever I carry it.