As a Cornell student, I needed a stylish, but very practical and comfortable backpack. My North Face "hiking"-like backpack was getting old. Cornell is very rainy, wet, can be super cold, and there's a LOT of walking involved if you go to class, but this bag allows me to be comfortable, and I'm sure it'll last a long long time!
I never usually write reviews, but I am very pleased with this bag, and so will you! I was a little worried at first that the bag was going to be too small to fit my daily books for class (including my 13" laptop, and 2-3 thick notebooks), but I am very happy with the results! This bag can fit all that and more! I could even shove my water bottle in the gap if you put your stuff "portrait-style" into the bag.
Sizing was very accurate- looks square-like... not rectangular like other ones (that way it's the perfect size!). This way I can fit my laptop (13") snuggly in either direction.
Also, there are many pockets that I was pleased to see as well. Just the right amount for me. The bag has a very nice leather smell to it and the first day I used it, it was raining. The leather is so nice because it is very waterproof! I just wipe off the water when i get inside and the bag looks like new!
As for storage, the main compartment is very roomy, as stated above, with an internal zip pocket for small things, then on the opposite inside, there are 2 open pockets that look like you can put smaller novels into, or even a small tablet. (about 5" wide). I originally thought that this was a laptop sleeve by the picture online, but I wasn't too disappointed, as my laptop has a hardcase. Then, still under the main flap, there is a zipped compartment that stores pencils, pens, and a little pocket for my iClicker/ calculator! Keeps everything organized. There is even a magnetic closure envelope pocket on the back of the bag with a little zipper pocket within that! Also, two small external pockets on the sides of the bag for your phone/ ipod, and in the other one, I can even fit my slim umbrella! There's really nothing negative about this bag, and it looks so good with my leather boots and my style. As a girl, I wanted a backpack that would be functional and stylish, and this definitely fits the bill, and so cheap! I got it when it was **, and now it's even cheaper, wow! Definitely high quality, I love it! I would probably get the dark brown one, too, if I ever wore anything that color ;)
Bottom line- if you're searching for a leather messenger bag for work, travel, and heavy loads at school (like me), look no further, because I've definitely hit the jackpot and couldn't be happier! The black leather looks so sleek and stylish, for men or women, you will love this bag.
How accurate was the sizing? Sizing was very accurate
Please tell us about the quality of the product. High quality thick leather, but is very flexible. Wide strap is nice for weight distribution
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Yes
I have had great experience with everything I have purchased through Overstock.com and have always checked manufacturer websites when possible to see exactly what the item went for elsewhere or retail. This bag is amazing for a guy. It's masculine, has plenty of space and pockets for every gadget imagineable. Would be great for student, bsiness man anyone. Large enough to fit my laptop an dstill give me plenty of space for files an dother stuff. Great for security (lots of hidden pckets with zippers etc).
And this bag looks great!! I have been stopped several times and complimented on it. Too happy!
This bag is just what I was looking for. I'm going to Europe and was looking to upgrade from the traditional backpack. The bag is huge ~ more than enough room for shopping, snacks and travel books. Love all the pockets, both inside & out!
This bag is precisely what I was looking for. It's roomy inside but still very compact and light weight. The shoulder strap is broad and does well to distribute the weight of the bag. My computer fits inside snug but there is still a lot of room for notebooks, papers, and other IT paraphernalia. Definitely worth it for anyone who wants a chique bag, not too large, but large enough to carry typical office worker day-to-day needs.
I purchased this bag to replace one that had broken a few years ago. I was going to a conference and wanted something to carry my laptop and some papers, folders, pens, etc. This bag worked well. I have an older laptop (14") and it fit just fine in the main compartment. I will probably like the bag much better when I get a new laptop, hopefully at the end of the year. I love all the pockets and the overall space of this bag and being cross-body really helped distribute the weight. Love this, would recommend this to others looking for a leather bag with plenty of room.
Hello southernsweetheart, this bag is very durable and could be used for a book bag. The measurements we have for this item are 13.5 inches H x 13.5 inches L x 4.5 inches W. Thanks for shopping with us. Jennifer Eoverstockcustomercare2 on Aug 24, 2014
I'M INTERESTED IN THE AMERILEATHER "TEDDY" LEATHER MESSENGER BAG. BUT WHY DON'T YOU SHOW ANY OF THE INSIDES OF THE BAG?? I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE INSIDE OF THE BAG LOOKS LIKE; WHAT IT HOLDS; ARE THERE POCKETS? IS THERE A ZIPPER COMPARTMENT? appollyon on Nov 17, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
I just purchased the Amerileather "Teddy" Vertical messenger bag and I am concerned that the material is not true cowhide leather. The major portion of the strap is also of canvas. Please advise.
Thank you. on Jun 26, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
We describe the strap as being woven cotton with leather pads. All the leather on the bag is 100 percent cowhide leather.overstockcustomercare1 on Jun 28, 2012
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