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
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