I hate docking this beautiful bag one star, but there is one frustrating thing I can't get past.
Let's start with the positives. The black vegan leather with golden trim is beautiful. The Tiffany blue interior is a nice and bright pairing and makes it easier to find things. The pockets fit my wallet, keys, phone, etc. I could easily use this as a carry-on or daily work bag, gym bag, diaper bag, etc. The cup holders (the main thing I brag about with these bags) are amazing. They are hands down, my favorite thing about these bags. This bag meets the professional mixed with fun and chic look that I've been searching for.
But my one complaint is the weight distribution. The Gemini backpack manages to nail perfectly where this bag falls short. After carrying it a few times (for reference: my 13" M2 Macbook Air, my mouse, power cord iPad (in an otter box case), wallet, keys, and phone, it's heavy. I think a few things contribute to this. I'm not sure if there is a difference in padding for the laptop sleeve between this bag and the Gemini, but I feel the weight in this bag and pack my Gemini much heavier. The leather strap and handles don't do the weight issue any favors. Worn as a crossbody, it digs into my shoulders. It's less cumbersome than a shoulder bag but still a little awkward and painful to carry. I purchased a padded crossbody strap, and it's helped some, but not enough for me to choose this bag over the Gemini. My coffee and cream Gemini is currently used as my diaper bag. I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of my merlot Gemini and wouldn't hesitate to buy more colors in that style. As for the Aquila, I will continue to use it, but I won't buy another unless the weight/strap distribution is improved.
This is my second one as I decided to have one for the summer and fall. These bags hold everything you can possibly need. They are beautifully made and I get comments every time I take it with me. Hands down my ultimate fave!
Great bag! Perfect for work!
I ordered the bundle and it's great. The larger tote has space for everything I need. Each bag was delicately wrapped and in its own dust bags. The vegan leather is very nice and pleasant to the touch. The bags are sturdy and I really appreciate the "feet" on the bottom of the largest bag. I can't wait for the rich brown bag to become available. I will get the bundle. These two bundles will be all that I need!!!
Aquila Tote Bag - Black (NEW)