Rated 4 out of 5 by DoubleDoodle Nice bag and very good value
Bought this bag to serve as a brief case/work bag and am very happy with many of the features -- roomy enough to carry files, also my laptop; secure pockets for cell phone and zip pocket for small items; it will even hold my purse.
There are a couple of features I'd like to see.
1) slightly longer straps to go over the shoulder more easily (this will be especially important over a coat).
2) wish it had a long & removable strap that would allow it to carried across the body, which would be good when traveling and possibly juggling other bags.
3) would love a small outside pocket -- i.e., between the straps -- for items like keys or swipe cards to make them more accessible.
September 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NativeSoutherner Just What I Wanted!
Love, love this bag! I had been looking for a leather fall/winter bag and this is it. I bought the LL Bean Sun Washed Canvas tote and loved it, but it was too big for an every day bag, so sadly, I returned it. I came back to LL Bean and saw this bag. It said "mini" which made me think it might be too small, but I looked at the measurements and decided to give it a try. It's the perfect size for an everyday bag. It is a quality dark brown leather which should soften with age.There is a secure place for my I phone, room for my E-reader, room for a wallet and a check book. In addition, it has a zippered pocket for "whatever." The top zips for added security. The only downside is that the straps need to be a little longer to throw over the shoulder, but I can live with that.
September 19, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by kabercrombie broken handle
I loved my bag,but the hardware broke on the handle and have not found anyone who can repair it. It was great while it lasted. I would love to have it replaced.
September 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Heartofgranite Great bag, odd dividers.
I really like this bag. Tried to use it as a weekend bag, but it didn't work so well for me because of the strange zippered internal pocket (not quite big enough for a laptop) that ran down the center of the bag. My mother bravely pulled the lining apart, removed the divider, and sewed it up again. I love it as a weekend bag now. Great leather, great size, very sturdy.
August 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by chloe1st Goldilock's review
A size in-between this size and the mini-tote would be perfect. Not too big and not too small, but just right!
July 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by VermontTransplant Great Classic
Love it! This handbag is a classic style, a perfect size, and priced right. The compartments inside make it easy to keep things in order. Not bulky and flashy like some pricey designer bags, I'm sure this bag will last me a long time.
May 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LaBibliotecaria Classy and elegant
My husband gave me this bag as birthday present and I adore it! It is the first genuine leather handbag I've ever owned and I am not disappointed. This bag is the perfect example of how a high quality material can make a clean, simple design look very classy and elegant.
April 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Deducation The best school bag I've ever had!
I've been teaching 28 years. Daily lugging papers, journals, pens, pencils, protractors, projects. My husband got me this bag about 10 years ago. Although other bags are sometimes needed, this bag is ALWAYS with me. My children have affectionately names it my"schoo'bag"..."Mom do you want your school bag or your "schoo'bag"they'll say. It has never failed me. It's with me to ball games, concerts, you name it. After all this time I still get compliments on it too. The compartments help with organization of my daily work, and long withstanding plan and grade books.. It even is roomy enough to hold my I-Pad now too. If you need a bag that is as reliable as your dog, this is the one.
April 26, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by MSRS Huge
The leather tote is beautifully made. However, I relied on the dimensions given for the tote on the website. The website states that the tote is 15" wide. It is 15" wide at the very bottom of the base of the tote. However, the tote widens above the base and it is at least 20" wide. Much too large unless you are using it solely in place of a briefcase. I will be returning it. I already have the mini-tote and that is too small. I would love to see something in-between the two sizes.
April 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by happymomof2 PERFECT PURSE!
I received this mini tote in brown the other day and I must admit that I was a little on the fence about keeping it, due to size. However, once I loaded it with everything that I carry for the day I was pleasantly surprised. It has room enough for everything I need and more. The leather is not stiff but substantial, and the brown is a lovely medium shade. Craftsmanship appears to be very good, and if there is a problem with something down the road I can count on LL Bean's guarantee. I don't agree with those who think the center zippered compartment is floppy and should not be there; I keep receipts and papers corralled in it and it works fine for me. It is a classic design, which I love, and it is different from all the other high-visibility name-brand bags that everyone seems to be carrying. I can see myself using this bag very often in the years to come, and I will be ordering the black as soon as I finish this review. Thanks, Bean!
April 15, 2014