I’ve never found a bag that can hold my large 17” diagonal laptop along with all my other purse stuff that doesn’t look like a briefcase or ugly tote. This is beautiful and does the job. The snap does not close over my laptop as it is 10.5” tall, but it’s not a big deal. The sleeve still fits my full size planner and electronic notebook or iPad beside the laptop. It does get heavy with everything in it, but it’s not terrible. It is large but not obnoxiously so. The black vegan leather is so soft and the blue lining is gorgeous and makes everything inside easy to see. Love all the pockets and versatility. The side pockets are perfect for sunglasses, phone, and my large tumbler cup. I decided to order the Gemini in almond after receiving this so I’d have both styles and 2 colors. Seriously can’t love this more!
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 the best work/travel bag ever!!! So soft, beautiful, lots of space and pockets too! Love the side pockets most and the interior of Tiffany Blue!
I have been searching for a new work/travel bag for over a year. I feel like the Aquila Tote could be the one - I have not used it for long but at first glance it’s a gorgeous bag with solid construction. My only concern is the should drop length of the straps is not long enough for how bulky this bag will become. Obviously difficult to create a bag that caters to every body type but I have broad shoulders and larger than average upper biceps…and the bag is way too snug under my armpit. I understand there’s another strap but I will likely always use the double handle. It doesn’t bother me enough to return it, but is disappointing that it’s not 100% what I expected. Other than that it’s a great bag!
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!