Rated 4 out of 5 by chitownkat Love the bag, hate the size
I finally bought the black version of bag after reading the reviews for months. I commute to a large city on public transportation and thought it would work for my needs. With much regret, it is being returned to LLBean.com
There is no question that the bag is beautiful and well- made. However, it is too large for everyday use, and the "mini" version is too small for daily commuting (based on the dimensions posted on this site).
I would like to second (and third and fourth!) the numerous requests made in these reviews for a "medium" size version of this bag. A few inches narrower and smaller, with longer straps and an exterior pocket, please! I would even pay the same price for a "medium" size if it displayed the notable quality of the bag I received.
July 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by marcellacharlotte Excellent Everyday Essentials Bag
I absolutely love this bag, I drooled over it for a few weeks before finally giving in and purchasing it. I assumed I would like it less after using it for a while like most other bags I have owned. I have used this bag everyday for work for nearly a year and I still love it. I have it in dark brown and it looks very classic and understated in comparison to other bags on the market. This bag holds several large work files, a book, my laptop, and my planner along with miscellaneous other things. I love that the leather is full grain leather (the strongest leather you can get) and the slight scratches/marks I've made while carrying this add character and it continues to look fabulous. Every couple of months I use L.L. Bean's boot conditioner (sold on this site) to protect and condition the leather, making it slightly darker and shiny.
June 29, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by LLLaurie good, but could be great
The quality is excellent. However, I would prefer it to be a bit larger in every dimension. 11"H x 13"W x 6"D would be perfect. Also, the handles need to be several inches longer (about 4" longer would be good) in order to be able to put it over your shoulder with one hand.
June 1, 2015
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