Medium-sized, lightweight tote bag; rather generic...

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Gloria from Southern California on Friday, February 9, 2018
As another reviewer mentioned, this is a good size for every-day use. The bag is lighter in weight than I expected for a tote. The leather itself looks very nice (inside and out) and seems to be of good quality and the construction also seems very well done, but to me the overall look is just so-so. I like the detailed seams which gives the bag something a little something extra and the stitching itself is top-notch, although I think the exposed edges of the seams will show obvious wear over time and diminish the attractiveness of the bag. IMO, the outer pocket and zipper don't help, appearance-wise--the pocket flap is just raw-edged leather although the top open edge of the actual pocket part is stitched I do like that the pocket is gathered, not just flat so it can expand do hold keys and a phone or other smaller items easily. The snap and zipper are serviceable but along with the raw edge of the pocket keeps the bag from looking as high-end as it might otherwise appear. This is a soft, floppy unstructured bag--it lays completely flat when empty. I am not sure how well this will hold up over time and I have to say that the original retail price is much too high for this item. I usually prefer a more rigid, structured bag, and one a bit larger than this one, but I can see that this bag can be very versatile and very easy to store when not in use + the price on STP was excellent. It won't work for the purpose I had in mind (carrying a lap-top, files & maybe a few books to work) as this bag is not strong enough to support the weight, but I will surely use it often when I need to carry lighter loads. Since it takes up almost no space, I will probably keep one in my car to use for shopping and one at home ready to go for quick outings to sporting or other outdoor events and such (I bought one in each color--the leather on both the black and the cognac are lovely).
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