Rated 5 out of 5 by Zaysz Frequent traveler
Best carry on I've ever had, once I arrive at a place it becomes my purse and shopping bag.
May 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Camsmom The Gateway tote has replaced my favorite Kipling!
I have been a diehard fan of Kipling for 2 decades but I wanted a more structured look in my next tote bag (Kipling bags are usually soft and have thin nylon material) without sacrificing the multiple compartments I love. The Gateway quilted tote has just replaced my favorite Kipling bag and here is why:
The 14"H x 14"W x 7"D is perfect for my 5'3" size. The tote doesn't overwhelm me and yet is is big enough to hold all my essentials such an iPad, book, wallet, keys, water, snack, makeup bag, cardigan/shawl and my daughter's toys. I wear the bag -- the bag doesn't wear me!
There are 2 interior zippered pockets. One is against the side of the tote and the other runs down the center. The entire tote can be zippered on top for security.
The interior design of the tote is in a pretty grey leaf/floral pattern so it is easy to find your belongings. I chose the black color for the tote and it is a true black that looks sharp and stylish.
There are 2 exterior pockets. One is open and the other zips out at the bottom so you can slide the tote over your luggage handle while in transit.
The handles are rolled and very durable and feel comfortable in the hand, crook of the elbow and over the shoulder.
The diamond pattern quilted exterior is in a mid-weight nylon material that works in all seasons. There are silver hardware accents that drive up the luxe factor of the tote and make it look more expensive than it really is.
The tote can sit on its own without tilting over.
March 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by travellllller great gift
I normally don't write reviews about items that I give as gifts- but I am making an exception. We gave this as a gift to a relative and she has called us multiple times and written us about how incredible this bag is. She absolutely loves it. She loves everything about it and went on and on about how wonderful it is and how it is one of the best gifts she has ever gotten. Now I want one!
January 31, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by zuzuclue fabulous pockets
Just got this, and I'm very impressed with the pockets. There is an outside zip pocket on one side and a large, no zip pocket on the other (perfect to toss your keys and shades in when you go into a store). Inside there is a nice zippered pocket down the middle, perfect for keeping all the receipts you accumulate in a shopping trip. I got the teal, and the color is slightly muted and very nice. Would like to see this offered in other colors and a slightly smaller version to use as a purse rather than a tote. One of the best things I've ever gotten from LLB!
January 25, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by SartorialGirl Color and Quality very misleading
Well this is the first time I've had an issue with color. I ordered Sea Glass which looked like a very pretty, pale robin's egg blue online. In person it was quite different, a dark, almost sickly teal green, very unattractive in my opinion. Yes the tote has lots of pockets and compartments but the nylon is quite thin, not the substantial "quilted" texture I was expecting. I bought on sale which was good, it is not worth anywhere near the original price. If you must order, stick with black.
January 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by sweettweets55 Pretty and Expert Craftsmanship
This tote exceeded my expectations. The sea glass is exactly as pictured and is a nice color for Spring and Summer. I also ordered the black for Fall and Winter. The tote is functional as a large purse when I am going somewhere that I know I will need to be carrying multiple things and it keeps me super organized. I love the exterior and interior pockets and nice zippers. The quilting is a durable nylon that is very firmly stitched and pays attention to detail so that it looks dressy but is very well constructed. The handles are long enough to be worn over the shoulder. Very nice bag and I am happy I bought both colors.
January 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Plp19 Perfect for hospital visits!
First review ever! Originally purchased black tote bag to round out Gateway luggage pieces. Wasn't until I used it recently for multi-hour visits in the hospital that I realized its full potential. Easily held newspaper, clipboard, puzzle books, iPad, Kindle, cross body quilted wallet (also from LLBean), snacks, and all other items normally carried in handbags. Stands up, fits well on shoulder (even with a jacket), organizes, yet looks professional - not sloppy like some of the bags + purses with which folks were struggling in bathrooms and small hospital rooms. No regrets with this purchase!
January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Valcour Fabulous Traveling Tote!
First off, the color. I was concerned about how light and summery the 'sea grass' color appeared in the website photo. It was a welcome surprise upon receipt of the tote to see that the actual item color is an attractive darker green.
The attention to detail in the stitching of this tote is par excellence; LL Bean's usual superb quality. There are two zippered compartments inside; one in the center, and one on the side.
On the outside there are two great pockets. One is open and one zippered. Inside the latter there are additional nice touches; slots for writing implements and a small mesh slot to hold an item the size of a credit card.
I took this bag on a trip recently and it doubled as tote and purse, too. It easily fit beneath the airline seat in front of me, It's a fabulous tote!
November 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SueZQ77 It's in the bag!
I LOVE this bag!!!! It is relatively lightweight, which means it is easier on the old shoulder once I add all my junk to it. The color is beautiful, and there are plenty of perfectly placed pockets. I especially love the zippered pocket in the center of the inner compartment; a perfect place to safely stash a wallet and checkbook; it would be tough for a thief to quickly reach in and grab your cash! One of the outer side pockets has a zipper on the BOTTOM so you can easily unzip it and slide the *purse* over the handle of your rolling suitcase; I doubt I will ever use it in this manner, but for those who plan to use this bag as luggage, that is a good selling point. I have been trying to find the perfect purse for a long time, and I think this bag fits that bill.
November 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by memphisbeanshopper Great Tote
Roomy, well made and attractive. I strongly recommend it.
November 5, 2014