To preface, I am primarily a remote worker who goes into the office once or twice a week. And honestly, I was on the fence of buying this bag. I had been searching for a large tote style bag that I could fit my 2 work laptops into and all of my office accoutrement that I lug with me like a pack animal. I was looking to consolidate my current work bag, purse, and makeup bag all into this one Tote. After much searching, I ended up purchasing the Aquila Tote Bag, but have found some pros and cons.
The leather is divine! So supple and buttery. And the overall stitching and quality of the bag is to die for. Seriously, it is a *LOVELY* bag that I am sure will last for years if properly taken care of. The interior pockets are great and I adore the fact that I can easily fit my 35oz Nalgene water bottle into either of the exterior pockets. And the fact that there are 5 interior pockets (3 with elastic) makes organization a breeze.
The crossbody strap is also made out of the vegan leather which makes it very slippery when wearing a coat or certain material tops. And unfortunately, when you properly fill the bag with everything you may need for a day in the office (laptop(s), water bottle, notebook, pens, chargers, mouse, headphones, usb-c dongle, snacks, small makeup bag, etc) the bag gets extremely heavy and the weight isn't well dispersed. I can fit both laptops into the bag, but it's a tight fit and it's ridiculously heavy at that point. If you are only carrying one laptop, and using this bag as a purse substitute, then you'll be better off.
Although this is a lovely bag and I have received many compliments; in retrospect, I wish I would have bought the backpack version. While a tad smaller, the backpack strap orientation would alleviate some of the weight distribution issues that this bag has.
All in all, this bag makes for a beautiful weekend traveler, such as an overhead carry on bag - but in terms of an office tote, it's a bit cumbersome.
I was looking for a bag that was big enough to hold two work laptops, charger, multiple notebooks and then had pockets to hold smaller items. I found this Aquila tote and it is perfect! It's big enough to carry all the things I need and I don't have to be concerned about trying to squeeze it all in or leave something behind because it doesn't fit! The bag is beautiful and I love the color!
Absolutely love everything about this tote.
I first got a White Elm cross over bag which I fell in love with! It’s the perfect size. The next day I ordered the tote, cosmetics bag and the wallet; it was the best decision I made. I love having a complete set. I get so many compliments on them. I look for high quality purses and this is right up there with a MK purse! Will definitely be purchasing another set as well.
It took some time to get used to not having a separate purse, but I absolutely love it!