Aquila Tote Bag - Black

$ 160.00 USD
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Perfect for work, errands, school, or motherhood, the Aquila tote can do it all. You'll look stylish no matter if you are dressed for business or hitting the town in leggings. Pair any outfit with this Aquila tote for an elevated look. With so many built-in pockets, you'll have space for everything and be able to organize it all. The stunning aqua-colored interior will make you smile each time you open your bag. With pockets for a water tumbler up to 40oz, a sleeve for a 17" laptop, and a large open compartment for your notebooks, snacks, and everything else, you are sure to make the Aquila your daily go-to bag! 


  • Three exterior pockets [Two side pockets and a back pocket that converts to a luggage sleeve]
  • Six interior pockets [a padded laptop sleeve, two trimmed pockets, and three elastic pockets]
  • Top zipper closure
  • Metal feet
  • Long detachable and adjustable strap
  • Interior key hook
  • White Elm logo tassel keychain included
  • Luggage sleeve on the back that converts to a pocket with a magnetic snap closure when not in use

Bag Measurements:

  • Length: 21"
  • Height: 12.5"
  • Depth: 7"
  • Top Opening: 18"
  • Laptop Sleeve: 15"
  • Bottom Panel: 15.5"
  • Top Handle Strap Drop: 10"

 Exterior Side Pockets:

  • Fit water bottles, or tumblers up to 3.75" in diameter

Device Size Recommendations:

  • Fit devices up to 17" measured diagonally, or 15" wide
  • Snap it in place with devices up to 9.5" in length
  • See if your device fits! 

Long Strap Measurements:

  • Shortest: 29"
  • Longest: 53"
  • Adjust the detachable long strap to best fit you! 

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Customer Reviews

Based on 456 reviews
Ranice Innocent (Shoreline, US)
Love my new tote!

I needed a new teacher bag and this is perfect! Thank you!

Lori (Orlando, US)
In love!!!!

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!

Nicole Bush (Port Arthur, US)
Amazing bag

It’s all about organization. I was amazed at the room of this bag along with the design setup of the pockets for convenience. This bag allows me to use it for trips, work, and also school. It has multiple uses for me. I used to use briefcases and other totes and backpacks but there was limited space and I had to carry my purse along or use a second bag. I won’t have to do it anymore. This bag is beautiful especially in person. I love it.

Cassandra Kupniewski (Adrian, US)

I was sooo looking forward to receiving this bag! The black and white plaid with gold is dreamyyy! There are plenty of pockets to hold my Mac book, phone, kindle, and ear buds. I’m a little disappointed that this one doesn’t have a luggage sleeve ( I overlooked that) and the straps are not ideal for a heavy weighted bag. This does allow me to walk into work with one bag instead of three. With more use, I think I’ll find more ways to utilize it.

Sew (New York, US)
Love, Love, Love!

I am so in love with this bag! The color combo of black nylon and hot pink are gorgeous! Love all the pockets, the 2 bottle pockets on each side, and don’t get me started on the zippered pocket that can be unzipped to slide on to your luggage! Leaving for London in a few days, and cannot wait to use this beautiful bag.
My only feedback is the not so pretty and in my opinion way too bold logo. As a small business owner myself, I get the need for branding. However this bag is way too pretty for such a tacky gold logo. Make it more discreet. And even better, offer custom monogramming. I just removed the patch, and will be making my own. Fortunately my small business is embroidery!

Christa Nausley (St Louis, US)
Mixed feelings on this bag

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.

J.T. (Atlanta, US)
First Impressions

I have been on the perpetual hunt for a good daily work bag that can also travel well with a trolley sleeve. This Aquila Tote bag from White Elm is very close to checking all the boxes in my list of requirements! I just received my bag yesterday and am carrying it today for the first time. My initial impressions are as follows.
Pros- The bag looks very nice, with high quality materials inside and out. The hot pink lining makes it easy to see everything inside. It's super roomy. Today I am carrying my 14" laptop in the dedicated roomy padded pocket along with a smaller notebook. In all the other pockets I have- wallet, glasses, sunglasses, a small makeup bag, a Yeti coffee tumbler, the crossbody strap, and in the main compartment I have a change of clothes, and my lunch! It's full but not overstuffed or ridiculous looking and I can still zip it completely closed.
Cons- Even when empty the bag is heavy, because the nylon exterior and interior fabric are thick, it means heavy in weight. The pink lining on the water/coffee pockets on the outside is distracting to me- black would have been more polished looking. The White Elm label is also distracting- I actually used a black Sharpie to go over the label to tone it down and now it's visible but now looks more stamped than gold foiled. The key ring clasp could be bigger and I wish it also had a key leash. I will probably try to create something for this myself. Last, the tote straps are a about an inch shorter than ideal, and it would be good if there was a snap cuff to keep them together while using them to carry.
All in all, this is a good looking, solid bag and I am looking forward to carrying it and traveling with it for a long time!

Amy Ross (Statesville, US)
Perfect work bag or diaper bag

I bought this bag bc I was tired of carrying my bookbag and purse in the office. It arrived after I left for vacay (bummer). As soon as I opened it I was in love. So much storage and super organized! Perfect bag for work. I am also 22wks pregnant and will definitely use as a diaper bag. Perfect 🥰

Christine Simmons
Aquila- Love love love this bag!

I am a full time RN and in Nurse Practitioner school. I toggle back-and-forth from my clinicals to the hospital weekly. This bag is perfect. It’s got so much versatility and pocket/compartment space is amazing. I can carry my stethoscope iPad, notebook, water bottle, and various other items and don’t have to worry about forgetting anything or taking anything in and out constantly. I love the light color lining inside, as it makes it easy to find what I am looking for. You essentially have a pocket for everything! Water bottle shown for size comparison. It’s a great size!