Rated 5 out of 5 by CEM1985 Loving this bag for 9 years!
I received this as a Christmas present when I was in college (a brown leather and tweed one which I guess they don't sell anymore. The design is exactly the same though.) It was my main bookbag as a student and has been my work bag for the past seven years of teaching. It can hold so many things! It comfortably fits my plan book, laptop, water bottle, school supplies... and lots of other essentials. My friends call it my "Mary Poppins bag" because of the random (but necessary!) things I pull out of it. The interior pockets and the center zippered compartment help me keep it all organized. It definitely looks well-loved after almost a decade of daily use, but it's holding up great and I still love it!
May 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NCFrenchie Long search... finally found the perfect bag!
It holds my laptop when I'm working and diaper essentials when I'm with the kids. I love this bag and often get compliments. Heartbroken when I got black ink on it that won't come out! I want to replace it but my Cordovan color was discontinued. Please bring it back LL Bean!
March 11, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Susele I would definitely recommend this to a friend IF..
... it came in the medium size 12"H x 13"W x 6"D..
The big size is too big, and the mini not as functional as I would like it to be... so PLEASE LL Bean, make it in a Medium tote size!
March 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by AnitaBean A Very Cute Bag
I just received this bag today. I love it. I can get my items organized inside this bag. I am only 5 feet tall, 110 lbs. It fits well for little people like me. It is nice if LL Bean can make the medium size of this bag which is slightly bigger than this Leather Mini.
It has 3 credit card slots next to the phone compartment. The phone compartment is too small for the newer model phones. LL Bean should make the phone compartment bigger than this. The phone compartment has a strap to keep the phone safe. How about the credit cards? I would rather have the strap on the credit card slots to secure them rather than on the phone section.
I will buy another one if LL Bean makes another that is slightly bigger than this one.
February 27, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by MusicWriter Major design flaws in quilted version
Should have read all the reviews but let myself be seduced by a reduced price and a lighter weight for the quilted version which is now discontinued. (1) Straps too short. (2) Unattached zipper end means it takes both hands to close it. The mystery is how two such easily fixed design issues made it through useability testing. Returning.
February 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by PeaceintheGarden stands the test of time even if not quite perfect
I was given this tote in tan leather for Christmas at least 6 years ago, and it is still going strong after all these years of daily use as my work briefcase. In looking over it before writing the review, I notice one area at the very bottom where the stitching has started to loosen, but nothing else. The leather has worn beautifully, and although it looks well used is still classy enough to bring to court. It is disappointing, though, after all these years, to see that LLBean has not taken any of the excellent customer suggestions to make this the perfect bag - slightly longer handles and an outside pocket. So, even when it gets too battered for daily use, I'll probably wait to get a new one or look around for an alternative.
February 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Supervalueshopper I have loved this bag for many years
This bag is timeless, excellent quality, and large enough to carry everything you will need from am to pm. My daughter in law who loves all the high end designers admired it over the holiday. And I guarantee mine cost far less and is better quality than anything that goes for 2 or 3 times what this bag cost. You won't regret this purchase!
February 10, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by BFlynn Almost Perfect
Got this tote bag as a gift. I am using it as a purse and to carry items to and from work.
Leather is nice and soft. Inside on one side it has 2 tab closure pockets to fit cell phone (even the new larger ones), 3 credit card slots and 3 pen holders. The other side has a zippered pocket along with a center zippered pocket which fits a laptop or ipad. Lots of room inside, Carry cosmetic bag, purse, lunch, shoes, compact umbrella, etc. The zippered closure makes the contents secure.
The things that could make this bag perfect (for 5 Stars +) for me are the following:
Handles - could be 2 or 3 inches longer to fit over the shoulder esp. when wearing a winter coat. Numerous previous reviewers have commented on the short handles.
Outside pocket - Like some of their other totes have. This bag could use an exterior pocket between where the handles are attached so you can put your phone on the outside and keep it handy.
Key Keeper - no place to put your keys. They fall to the bottom of the bag or you need to put them into one of the pockets.
Feet - nothing to protect the bottom of the bag from the dirt and grime, or water. Especially in the winter. You really don't want to put such a bag on the floor and ruin the leather.
Hopefully, in the future L.L. Bean will take the suggestions of its reviewers to make improvements to this great bag.
February 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by catsreview catsrevies2
I can't say enough good things about this purse. It's beautiful to the point my husband who would not know a good purse from a plastic grocery bag said "that is professional looking"! I love it, I hesitated not because I was worried about the quality but the price ( work over a day's pay for a purse...) but well worth it. The straps could be a wee bit longer but they fit over my shoulder with the bag tucked tight, the 3 debit cards I regularly use is convenient and my work cell and my personal cell have a happy home :) p.s. the leather smells awesome!
February 2, 2015
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