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!
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!
I love this bag, it fits all of my college materials, purse and more. It’s beautiful on the outside and the interior color pops! It’s not too heavy or too clunky, great for a fashionable work bag, school bag or diaper bag.
I’ve seen feedback about the bright gold logo and while it is a very odd combination and a tad dowdy.. I’m not too bothered by it, I love the versatility in being able to unzip and slip onto luggage. Lots of space inside and the outer pockets are great for bottled water and extra items, like hand sanitizer, mophie battery packs, etc. This was a great purchase and a must have item!
Would definitely purchase again.
I had my eye on this bag for MONTHS, and I finally got around to buying it. I have never been more excited for a tote bag in my life lol. It holds everything that I need it to hold, it’s stylish and super cute. It’s the perfect work bag. I think if it was just a little wider on the bottom and if it had just another inch added for the laptop compartment, it would be extra perfect. My work laptop is exactly 17 inches (it’s an old thing) so it just barely fits. Other than that I am in LOVE.
I got this bag for work to carry my laptop and files back and forth and I love it! The quality is really nice and the lining and pockets are well made. I looked everywhere for a bag with a separate laptop compartment that is padded and this is it. The bag with the just the tote straps can make it feel heavy when it is full but the longer strap is great. I definitely recommend if you’re needing a nice work tote.