Rated 5 out of 5 by Seaviews beautiful leather
I received my original 3 years ago for Christmas. It is beautifully soft leather and well put together. However during those three years some of the cloth lining tore loose, which was cosmetic and didn't affect the function. However toward the end, the little snap closures that hold the flap closed sometimes refuse to open and I couldn't get the flap open. I returned it to L.L. Bean and they replaced it no questions asked. Is one of the nicest briefcases I've ever seen and hopefully this will last longer. The replacement has the same type of snaps and perhaps they should be replaced with more reliable ones.
November 13, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by rchacon Nice looking, bad clasps...
I had lots of hope for this bag, mostly because it looked so good. Alas, I couldn't tolerate the loose clasps, especially when I had a laptop in the bag. The clasps frequently came undone and the flap would fly open. This is not the kind of typical LLBean quality that I have come to expect and I have been ver disappointed and frustrated at this.
Even when I think the clasps are secured, I walk and hear the sound of the flap bouncing because they have unlocked. Sometimes, even after re-locking the clasps, they come undone.
So, I'm done with this regrettably faulty briefcase.
September 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gorji Very Classic Bag
This is a very classic leather bag; well made and will last forever. The leather is very soft and thick. I think once the it weathers a bit, it will become even nicer and better looking. Compared with the messenger bags made of nylon or poly (LLBean models), it has less room even though I purchased the large size.
It is expensive so one can wait for a sale but in this case one gets what they pay for.
June 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dezmsw Great gift
I bought this for my husband and its just the right size for keeping all his work related things organized.
May 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beanfansince1963 Good choice!
I recently purchased this messenger bag for my adult son. He seems very pleased with the gift. He says it's a good size-handles his lap top easily, has good pockets and he was pleasantly surprised with the rain cover hidden in the bottom.
It's a beautiful bag and appears to be made of quality leather. He and I hope it will age well and last a long time.
April 10, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Elwood1 Great bag
It's been a great bag to replace my old college backpack. I especially like being able to wear it cross-body, keeping my hands free. Looks good, too.
March 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SadesMom Beautiful Bag
I purchased this messenger bag in black as a gift for our son. He was very pleased with it. The leather has a very nice feel to it and the size of the bag was perfect for his laptop. He liked that the bag was not "floppy" when it was empty and that you could either wear it as a crossbody or carry by the handle. Very well made with beautiful leather. I would like to purchase another in brown for myself.
January 23, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by RockyMountain001 Overall, Did not meet my expectations
I wanted this bag to work for me, it's so nice and the leather would wear nicely but between the clasp and the lack of support within the bag, I'm not very happy. The handle on top also doesn't have a true purpose. After exchanging the bag for one with better clasps, I used it once and it has sat ever since. I finally decided to return it because I truly have no use for it.
June 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by EquestrianFamily Very Nice Bag
Bought this for my husband, and he is extremely pleased with it. Plenty roomy for legal-sized files, very sturdy, and extremely elegant in a "down-to-earth" way. Got it for 40% off during the Christmas season daily deals, but would have been worth it even at full price.
March 7, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Sibeo Easily outperformed by a Plastic Shopping Bag
I purchased this bag for my wife to travel with. The description and reviews made it seem like it is a good bag for travel. It is not very useful. First it is attractive out of the box. Size is generally good. We tried it out on a trip and found it is a heavy bag even when it is empty, it is lopsided when you have items placed in it and it will not stay closed. The closures on the main flap open on their own and when you lift the bag with the handle it dumps items out, not a good thing going through the security check point. After the second check point and having to pick up all the dumped out items my wife decided to abandon the bag and replaced it with a plastic shopping bag which was easier to carry and could be tied shut. At $200 plus I did not leave it in the air port and am now trying to use it as a brief case. However, it is not well suited to that either. The compartments inside are cloth and provide no structure and actually push down which results in loss of separation of items and then of course it pops open and dumps everything out. Overall a very poor product and one I would not recommend to anyone.
February 15, 2012