I spent HOURS online last weekend looking for a combination purse/backpack that is stylish, professional and sturdy enough to take to meetings and use for business travel, casual enough to use personally, comfortable to slide on and off but able to be carried by a hand strap, can hold a PC and expand as needed to carry work files, electronics accessories, beverages, snacks, even lunch when needed., has easy access exterior pockets for keys, ID, pens, notes, several interior compartments for combs, cosmetics, contact lens cases, comes with attractive, strong and practical hardware, is finely made of good quality leather and is reasonably compact and light. WHEW -- I finally found it online at Overstock after coming back to read the excellent reviews several times The name put me off at first because Amerileather sounded to me like some type of composite, cheap leather-like material -- but the leather is strong, supple and attractive. Also, the price is so reasonable for the quality! I ...
I received this item maybe 2 weeks ago and the lining in the inside zippered pocket has broken already. Still I would recommend the bag because the leather is good quality for the price of the bag. You'll just have to rummage between the leather and the lining to find your small items and I can live with that for the price.
Will try to get a more sturdy material sewn into that pocket. I was keeping lipsticks, a pen, eye drops and small hand sanitizer bottle in there. Maybe that was just too much stuff.
The only other thing I wish were a little different is when you wear it as a shoulder bag there is no way to adjust the length of the strap. That makes me mostly use it as a knapsack, which is the primary reason I bought it anyway.
This is a great bag/backpack. The leather smell is amazing, the leather itself is very soft and supple. This is the perfect size to fit my lunch, extra shoes, umbrella, kindle, and a few other things that I need to take with me to commute to work. The back is secure and the zipper pocket that I use for my kindle is up against my back, so I am not worried about anyone being able to steal it while in transit (Metra and CTA). It is not oversized and it fits me well (I am 5' 6.5). It is adjustable enough that I can wear it comfortably with a winter coat or in the summer. There is a lot of strap length but it can easily be tucked or left to hand and is ridiculously long. This bag does not pull down and hit me really low on my back like so many others. I can actually get to work without my back killing me. Great purchase would recommend. The other plus is that the bag is stylish and does not look like a kids backpack!
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