Rated 5 out of 5 by CDouglass I have never written a review before
But felt compelled to do so. This is the best bag I have ever purchased. It is big, roomy, able to hold all of my essentials and then some. It is surprisingly light too. I have had other bags and discarded them because of the weight. I love this bag and highly recommend it. I just wish it had a lighter fabric because it is so dark in there. Other than that, a great bag. Buttery soft leather, beautifully made and perfect.
March 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RinnySkate Bag for life
Beautiful, quality bag. I ordered the brown medium tote at my daughter's request. She is attending a New England College for performing arts. I prefer the brown over the black because the tan lining allows for excellent visibility inside vs the dark black liner. Many sewn in pockets for everything imaginable. Perfect to put her laptop and books in along with rehearsal clothes, phone, chargers, make-up, and lunch! She plans to use it for class, performances, overnights in NYC and as her travel bag on airplanes along with her carry-on for longer trips. The medium tote is "not too heavy" as some reviewers have noted on the larger tote. The leather is fabulous. A piece for life that will look even better after each journey it is taken on.
January 30, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Melina Great space!
I love my high quality tote. I chose black leather and it is large, beautiful and durable. I have not had this satchel very long. There is ample storage but there is one significant downfall. For such a good amount of space, you would think there would be more pockets so the tote would be more user friendly. That is my only complaint. I rated it 4 stars but it's actually a 3.75 due to lack of more pockets.
January 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by pghlas Great bag for work
I really love this tote - it is cute and has enough room to carry my lunch, an umbrella and all the other stuff I drag to work every day. The size medium is good, but now I'm wishing I had ordered the larger size.
January 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by peregrina Nice bag
This is a good-looking, sturdy bag that seems well made. Unfortunately, I sent it back because I needed something big enough to hold a computer but that I could also bring to job interviews. It didn't look quite polished enough for that purpose.
January 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by deddle not right for me
Purchased 4 of these, 1 brown and 3 black.
Beautiful bag. Leather is top drawer.
The straps or handles are not nice. looks like bonded leather to a piece of grograin fabric. The leather on the handles doesnt even look like the bag at all !!!
But the main problem is the bag itself. The bag is very heavy. Maybe this is a problem with full grain leather. I have fibromyalgia and this bag is just too heavy. My daughters called and told me they could not accept because of heaviness.
Heavy but beautiful (except for handles ??? Why would a manufacture company put such handles on such an otherwise beautiful bag ???
December 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by AbandonedDog Bigger than expected
I bought this bag to use as a purse. It's bigger than I expected although the dimensions are listed - once the bag arrived, it holds way more than expected. The leather and craftmanship is outstanding and I am more than satisfied with this product. LL Bean is awesome and I'm always happy with their products and return policies whenever something doesn't work out. This bag will last a LONG time guarneteed.
December 22, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by deddle heavy, heavy , heavy
This is a beautiful bag in black and I am sure the tan color is beautiful also.
I am 68 years young with mushy muscles. This bag is so heavy It hurts my arms to lift it.
I bought 4 of these bags. One for myself and one for my daughters.. So far one daughter received two o, a tan and a black. This daughter has a 19 month old and a 4 year old. She is giving both bags back to me. She says, they are so heavy that if she fills it with her needs, she wont be able to lift it.
Gorgeous bag, but too heavy.
Will probably return all of them. So sorry LLBean, I will keep trying.
December 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by Becca37 First Impressions
I purchased the Leather Messenger Tote in brown, large. It took me nearly two years (yes, I'm picky!) to find a single-compartment leather tote at/under 250 that I'd be able to carry-on an airplane or in my motorcycle tour pack that has the room I need and the ability to keep the contents inside. This one is one of the very very very few that fit the bill. The messenger-like fold over aspect to it was the tipping point as I'll love the extra space when needed but most of the time it likely won't be stuffed completely. And between the fold-over top, the clasp, and the zipper it will keep the contents tucked inside when shoved under an airline seat.
First impressions upon unpacking are that it is indeed large. I foresee no issues putting what I want in here and toting it around. My thick bulky laptop (15 x 10 x 1.5) for work slips right in and almost disappears with plenty of room for lots of other things such as my purse, my tablet, my Nook, and so on. Yay!
The 13" height mentioned in the product description is with the flap folded down; up it's ~17". There's an unmentioned detachable mini purse inside, approximately 6" x 3" x 1.5", canvas and leather. "Bonus" I suppose.
I love the thick textured leather. Someone in another review called it coarse ... well it is "textured full-grain leather" so it is definitely not a smooth look or feel so if that's what you're looking for look elsewhere.
The handles are leather one side and webbing the other, which I wasn't really expecting but as I look at the item online again that's clearly pictured, just not called out in the description. My only concern with the handles is that the seam in the leather is top center and I've had purse straps fail at just such a seam point before. Hopefully the webbing layer will prevent that, and if not I suppose I'll get to try out the famed L.L. Bean 100% satisfaction guarantee.
The interior pockets are all on one side. There's one that should fit most smartphones, one for something narrower, both of these with a little leather strap with velcro-like keeper. Then a couple of credit card sized slots, and some pen slots. I wasn't looking for any interior pockets so they should be fine for me.
The only disappointment for me was the color. I ordered the brown, and in the item pictures it looks like a rich dark brown. In reality it appears to me to be much more of a saddle brown. Not a deal killer for me, just not what I was expecting and I hope it will darken over time and with use.
Other than the concern about the seam on the handles, it seems very well constructed, feels great, and I'm looking forward to putting it to use on its first trip next week.
November 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by IndyLucy Great bag
Wonderful bag for hauling files, etc. back and forth to work. The leather quality is very nice. I've been using it about a month now and it looks as good as the day I received it despite my abuse! The only suggestion I have for LLBean is to change the inner liner color to something other than black and to add more interior pockets.
October 18, 2013