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
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