I use my tote to travel with all of my doll making supplies. Sometimes I take my sewing machine, which fits well in the bottom section. I tuck in soft supplies, such as fabric and wool fleece, around the machine to maximize the space. The top section holds all of my other supplies easily. On trips where I don't take my sewing machine, I put my clothes, etc. in the bottom and my doll making supplies on the top. I love the fact that the two tote sections separate. Because the bag is so large, separating the sections makes it much easier to make space in the car. My only complaint is that their isn't a handle on the top of the bag to lift the bag. There is the shoulder strap but the full tote is heavy and the shoulder strap is not very functional. If you need to carry the bag, at all, it is very awkward. For me, it's worth that inconvenience because the bag's other functions work really well for me.
I ordered this in mid-January, but what came was the Crossbody Bag. This would have been fine except that it was much too small for my needs. So I reordered at the end of January and got the correct bag, but the zipper was too short for what I needed to put in it. (The zipper is 9 inches long, and a nice stout zipper, in case you need to know.) The description did not mention a zipper, and most "totes", in my experience, are open at the top. So I have returned it again. Customer Service was pleasant, courteous, sympathetic, and kind enough to send a prepaid label. I still intend to find a Laurel Burch tote, but sadly, it won't be this one. :-( The bag is well made of sturdy fabric, and would be a good deal at this price if it suited my needs.
The only reason this tote gets a 4 is because I wish it was bigger. However, it is pretty, washable and is made of strong material which makes it very sturdy when washing and drying. The colors remained bright and vibrant.
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