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
Rated 4 out of 5 by mommyz Would be even better with cross-body strap!
Great bag but given the size ("purse" size), it would be great if it came with a cross-body strap! Please consider it, LLBean!
March 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Trust Perfect Handbag
I have the Mini Messenger Tote and I just love it. The size is just perfect for everything I need daily, and the leather is such a clean, crisp brown. Very professional looking as I work in Banking it goes well with business dress and then dresses down for weekends with ease. I have Coach and Dooney & Bourke, but this by far is the best bag I have ever owned. I highly recommend.
February 5, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Sometimecook Great bag -- not so great inside zipper
I LOVE this bag and use it daily. I have it in black and would consider getting the tan one, also, except that after 5 days, as I was on the train heading into the City, I went to unzip the inside zipper (large one in the middle section, not the small on the side of the bag). It broke. It was a rather cheap-looking, plastic one and I had to "break in" to my own purse to get at my valuables. I could have sent it back for repair, but since I know how to sew I decided to fix it myself by installing a sturdier zipper. The inconvenience of returning the bag for repair/replacement didn't seem worth it. For the cost of the bag I would recommend using a better zipper, however.
February 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by melmary Classic and long-lasting
I purchased this bag ten years ago, and it is still delivering all that it has to offer! This is one of those bags that will last forever. The leather is still beautiful and not one stitch on the inside lining has frayed. I use this bag every single day for work, and it has carried some heavy loads over the years. It's just a great, classic, lovely, hardworking bag. I highly recommend it!!
January 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alina Unparalleled
I purchased the bag in black today to accommodate my items (wallet, c-phone, keys, pen, small cosmetic bag, lunch bag, laptop, and a large, heavy PhD text book). I am amazed how roomy the bag is and how it accommodates each ?compartment? and keeps the items safe with 2 separate zippers (the mid-section, which I use for my lunch bag, and the main bag opening), and 2 velcro straps to secure my c-phone and wallet. This bag is everything a professional woman needs to travel to work and to carry additional items such as a laptop and a book. I highly recommend this bag.
January 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JaymeG Love this roomy work tote!
I received this large tote yesterday and am very pleased. It's perfect for what I need. I telework, and sometimes work out of a Starbuck's, and wanted a bag to hold my laptop, power cord, mouse, headset, iPad mini, and a few work files. This is perfect. I have my laptop in its neoprene sleeve on one side of the center zipper pocket. In the center pocket is my power cord, mouse, headset. On the other side a spiral notebook and some file folders. My Zip drive fits into one of the organizer pockets. I love the high quality leather, timeless style. It stands up nice and everything is easily accessible, unlike a backpack with too many zippered pockets. Very professional. Only thing missing are protective "feet" on the bottom. I may take to a shoe repair to have some put on. I'm saving up for the smaller version for my purse.
January 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 62Harmony mini leather tote
I love this purse. It is just a perfect size with the interior compartments being well proportioned. The straps are just a little short for slinging over the shoulder with a coat on but should be fine in the summer. But it fits comfortable on the arm and sits well for easy access to the interior. Over all extremely happy.
December 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by AML7 Too large?
I've coveted this bag for a long time and finally decided to splurge with the holi-day deal and coupon. Love everything about this bag, but I'm evaluating if I want to keep it or not. The bag might be too large for some. I think the large bag is perfect for a work bag (computer/paperwork etc), but is likely too big for an every day purse. On the flip side to that LL offers this bag in a smaller size, which I also purchased, but found it to be too small. I know I'm starting to sound like Goldilocks over here. My overall assessment of the two bags is that the quality is great (of course it is, it's L.L. Bean!), but I wish it came in a medium size. When you place the small bag inside the large bag it really shows you the dramatic difference between the two.
December 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Grace50 Beautiful Bag...only meeting bag I will ever need.
This bag is HUGE!! I really was not expecting this size.It can carry briefs ,folders ,iPad ,wallet & phone. It could also carry a small animal if I had a need. I will use it for my meetings and occasional usages. It will be my " go to meeting " bag along with my LL Bean canvas tote. I will order the mini for every day use..the quality is excellent.I actually like the middle divider....When the discount is offered on the Mini again..I will order the mini.
December 13, 2013