Rated 3 out of 5 by Linliz I almost love it...
This bag is everything I wanted except for one detail that has turned out to be more of a hassle than I realized it would be. The straps are too short! It's impossible to get this on my shoulder without putting it there with my other hand. Same for getting it off - I can't just reach up and take it off - I have to either reach over with my other hand or slide it down my arm. May sound like I'm nitpicking, but if you're a shoulder bag person like I am - beware! Even a detachable shoulder strap would work. The good stuff: Nice leather. I carry a lot of files and they fit perfectly inside. The divided interior and compartments help keep me organized. So, great bag - except for that one thing!!!
January 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 2007GT Love it
This bag is the perfect size. The leather is nice and I'm very happy with my purchase. Love it!
January 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by minervakitty Another size between this and the large one is...
I have the brown one of this one is really nice. I've been waiting to see if they would put this one on sale and the larger one. Also have been hoping for LLBean to make one that's between this size and the larger one. It could do with the handles to be a little bit longer, so it can go over coats.
January 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by HappyProfessional A Classic to Use for Years
I hate to change purses!! I wanted a purse that would last for years and has a guarantee if it doesn't! so I searched online with LLBean. I few of the reviews worried me but I thought I would give it a try since I knew I could return it, if needed. I LOVE IT!! My black mini tote fits my needs perfectly. The phone pocket, side sleeves for ID and credit cards, and zippered compartments help me organize--and there is plenty of room left for everything else I need to carry. I live between two locations and carry lots of keys on five key rings so the middle zippered compartment holds all of those keys. I use the side zippered pocket to help me find the keys I am needing for the day--unzip a couple of inches and put the key ring inside with the keys outside the pocket and they are always easily found. I plan to use this purse for years!!
When I see a good sale on the larger tote, I plan to get it, too!
November 21, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by DrCLaire Going to return
The bag just arrived. I was disappointed. In the photos - 1 view shows a dark brown leather and the other photo shows a lighter tan. I was hoping for the darker , but sadly its the light tan. The leather, although nice and soft, has that almost suede like matte finish. In my experience, real leather with a finish like this marks up easily (whereas a synthetic tends to resist marks but not the same quality). I'm not going to keep it to find out, but it would be good if someone whose had it for 6+ months would comment on its resistance. Also, I have narrow shoulders but still the handles are not long enough to comfortable.
November 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ngranny47 Curious
I received this purse yesterday. While I love the interior compartments and know they will serve me well, I am confused about the quality of the leather. I have purchased leather bags before from your main competitor and the leather on this bag looks very different. It is stiff and almost rubbery looking. And I cannot find a tag inside that states it is genuine leather. I will keep it and use it and hope it softens with time.
October 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mamaw87 Finally - a perfect purse!
I am extremely picky with my purses. I have purchased so many purses & returned because of them non functioning for me as needed. This purse is really great. I love the leather - very sturdy - the purse stands on its own - doesn't scrunch down like a hobo. It has an inside zipper section that separates two compartments. There is also a wall zip. My new I-phone 5 fits perfectly in the phone slot. There is room for 3 credit cards- etc. I use these for stores where you have to show your ID/"Sam's card" to get in - that way the wallet doesn't have to come out. The straps are just long enough to fit under my arm - I wish they were about 2 inches longer but this size fits. The handles lie flat when not in use instead of standing up straight & in the way. The zipper is of great quality. And the end of the zipper is sewn just right into the fabric instead of it rising and in the way.
I did get in a rain storm where the leather got wet - I was worried it would be ruined but after the purse dried the leather was not damaged at all.
I need a purse that is easy to get into & one where things can be organized. This is it -- finally - the perfect purse.
October 3, 2014
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