"Goodhope" is a perfect name for this tote: It is really good and all that I hoped for! My quest for the perfect tote has left me with a closet full of great looking, totally useless bags. When I tried to use them, the straps slide off my shoulder, or are too short and don't fit over a winter coat. Yes, I am picky, but when you travel on subways and have to deal with crowds, etc. you need to keep your bags connected! So my search was long, but finally I found the perfect tote! This bag is sturdy but elegant - classy and sassy. The straps are long enough to fit over a coat, most importantly, and it stays on my shoulder. There are ample storage pockets for umbrellas and waterbottle on the side, zipped inside pouch and top, and I love love love the hot pink lining! I am sooooo pleased.
If the return policy were a little better, I'd probably send this back, but... Here's the good: 1) I wanted a zip-top canvas bag that could stand up to how hard I am on my purses (and not just a tote bag) and I think this will fit the bill in that regard. 2) The color is very slightly browner than shown, which is actually a plus for me. 3) Very large and deep, which is what I wanted. It's very stiff now but canvas softens as it ages, so that's also fine. The not-so-good: 1) The "tablet" pocket is padded. I guess if you're going to use it for that, it's a plus; for me, I won't and it's not. It adds a bulk that I'm not thrilled with, and I'm going to see if I can take it out altogether. 2) It's from a brand called "Preferred Nation", not "Goodhope", which is false advertising. I didn't want something made in another country. (Maybe the country of manufacture was on the detail page and I missed it.) 3) The entire lining is thin nylon (not high-quality rip-stop) which is not durable over years of wear. All in all, I'm not particularly pleased, but this is the closest thing that met my criteria (plain color/no design, zip top, short handles AND a long strap, outer pocket for essentials) that didn't cost a fortune, so I'll keep it. I share bags with my mom, so I know she'll use it, too. If the cons don't bother you, it'll probably be great for you, and it is a decent price point.
Cute, spacious tote fits everything, but wish it had an inside pocket as well as outside. Took away a star because the offer was 2 for $27 but I only received one. Overstock credited me for the one I never received.
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