Leather Pocket Tote

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We already have several Saddlebag items and when I decided to look for a bigger bag, I started here. Then my search was over. I love this bag! So much room but lots of pockets so things are easily accessible. A beautiful bag that even smells good. Geez! Thank you.

 

First purchase ever...

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Positives: I have had this bag for about 2 months. It was stiff at first but now the tobacco leather is softening so nicely and really getting some character! The handles are still a bit stiff which I don't like but they are softening gradually also, just much slower. The pockets are awesome, you just might forget where you put what! The raw leather inside is so soft I really love just touching it. Lots of compliments.







I can fit my 14 inch laptop in no problem with a notebook, book, makeup bag, phone, wallet, and water bottle - the inside is huge. My 7 inch kindle tablet also fits in the pockets! Would be a great school/college bag. I am happy I can throw it around and I don't have to worry about it. Really worth the money. Feels very sturdy and reliable. Better than a designer bag, but without designer worries. Plus designers don't give any warranty! Psh. No contest for my money anymore. I've fallen for the Saddleback family for life <3







Only negative: I don't live in a crowded place where many people pickpocket, but I imagine it wouldn't be smart to carry this bag in a crowded area. Someone could easily stick their hand in and grab something I think.

 

I am in LOVE!

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I have only had this bag a few days but I am in love. It turns out to be the perfect size for me. I had a day that I needed to carry a lot of stuff with me. Normally I would have to carry my purse and another bag. But thanks to the tote I had 2 bottles of water, journal, wallet, pens, lipgloss, phone, phone charger in one cute bag. Plenty of room left and not heavy. I was able to fit my i phone 6 plus with defender case in the front pockets. It was tight but I assume with time they will loosen up. This bag makes me feel like I can be dressy but casual at the same time. I am just using the handles without the cross body strap, but I like the way it gives me room without being bulky. Seriously debating using this as an everyday purse. Beautifully made and smells great!

 

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!

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Beautiful bag with more than enough room for all of my everyday things and more! LOVE the two-tone. Will be PERFECT for those days when I have to travel outside of my regular office. Instead of carrying two bags (my purse and another full of work stuff) on those days, I can put my wallet in this bag and have my paperwork, etc all in one!

 

Picture does not do it justice!

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I am an itinerant teacher and use many different totes on a daily basis. I have quite a few Saddleback bags and wallets, and a small Love 41 purse. I tried using my Leather Satchel for my everyday bag, but it was too heavy, and I kept going back to my canvas totes with my Pouch or Hobo for a purse. I have been eyeing this tote for a while, but had two major concerns: color and weight.







Color: the two-toned effect of this bag really turned me off, or I would have purchased it a long time ago. However, once I received it, I realized I had NOTHING to be concerned about! The color difference is not nearly as stark in person as it is in the photos. It is still obviously two-toned, but it looks fabulous! Most of my other bags are Dark Coffee Brown, but now I can really appreciate the loveliness of tobacco brown. The bag is gorgeous, and the picture doesn't do it justice.







Weight: my other Saddleback bags are very heavy once I put my things in them, especially other Saddleback items I have, like the Big Wallet and iPad Sleeve. I was concerned that the tote would be too heavy to actually use once I put papers in it for school. As an educator for students with visual impairments, this is the busiest time of my school year. I am inundated by the amount of files, papers, and assessments I have to carry around for each of my students. I loaded this bag down the day I got it and put it to work. My files fit beautifully, as did my braille books! I am ecstatic! It is very comfortable to carry over my shoulder, and doesn't feel any heavier than the canvas bags I have been using.







Well done, Love 41! This is a gorgeous bag. It has many pockets for organization, and allows me to use it as a purse AND a tote, which I LOVE! It is soft, yet sturdy. This is a bag for a lifetime. I anticipate being able to use this bag throughout my entire teaching career. Thank you!

 

Carbon/black leather version

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Went for the black/carbon leather pocket tote from love41. I previously had a carbon and tobacco simple tote that I sold (but LOVED) so I figured why not go for the cross body option with interior pockets. Just received it about 30mins ago. Long story short. It has been repackaged and an email has been sent to start the return process. More details below.







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The size was slightly smaller to the simple tote which I didn't find any issues with. I liked that it was slightly structured unlike the simple tote so that was a plus. Being able to sit it down and it not flop over was nice. Love the interior pockets and the closure on the top of the bag to keep it from being an open invitation when set down. The carbon leather was scrumptious and as glorious as remembered, (can I get a dusty carbon skirt made?). The idea of outer pockets was also a major plus for me for random items like receipts and lip gloss, etc.







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Since they went through all the trouble of making interior pockets, why not add a key fob? Would have loved to have a place to attach my keys so I wouldn't have to go digging through the bag searching for them. Still, that wasn't a deal breaker. The reason why I almost immediately repackaged and emailed to return was the black leather. They used the black leather as the outer pockets, shoulder straps and cross body strap. Having it as the outer pockets didn't bother me as much as the straps did. They are SO incredibly uncomfortable!! I felt like it was "leather" that was covered in plastic material. The straps were very stiff. Like stand on their own stiff and they weren't very wide. Felt like the edges we pretty rough/scratchy compared to other bags I've purchased. I'm usually a tobacco and carbon girl and so maybe I've been spoiled? The black didn't conform to my body because it was so stiff. Maybe something that would get better with time but I'd rather not risk it considering I'm limited to my one edc right now. Having the shoulder straps on were uncomfortable too. They felt thick and bulky. Didn't want to lay on top of each other like the simple tote does so it would fall easily. Also didn't get that wonderful leather smell when opening up the box. Smelt some leather but mostly chemically if that makes sense. Just seemed off compared to my previous experiences.



I was ecstatic knowing that I was finally going to be able to try it out which crushed me so much more when I saw the quality of the black leather. If they ever come out with a carbon/tobacco option I'd jump at that chance. For now, the hunt is on for an edc in that price range.







Again I have no idea what the tobacco/dcb version is like. This review is solely on the carbon/black leather version.

 

Perfect Bag Combo

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My Mother's Day gift, which I picked out, was a Black Pocket Tote. I loved everything about it except that it was difficult to see items with the black interior. So, I ordered the Pocket Tote in Tobacco as soon as it became available and returned the Black. I also ordered a Dark Coffee Cosmetic Bag which I've found to make an excellent combo with the tote. The contents of the tote include a large wallet, iPad, Moleskine notebook (in 5 year old SBL cover, which I love), Bible, small pouch, other odds and ends and the Leather Cosmetic bag. In the Cosmetic Bag, I keep a SBL Sleeve Wallet with drivers license and debit card, pen, phone, lip gloss and hand lotion. This system gives the option of grabbing the smaller bag to take into the grocery while the other items that I often need stay in the tote in my van. Both Love41 pieces are lovely and beautifully crafted. I can envision years of delightful use!

 

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My husband ordered this for me last Thursday. I received it today Wednesday. Impressive given that we live in Sydney Australia. The bag is gorgeous I have the black and grey. The leather is gorgeous and the inside of the bag is bare leather but feels fantastic. I am only 163 cm tall so the bag is a great "size" for my height. It is roomy and easily fit my laptop; study file;book; wallet; glasses and pencil case.







The long straps are great and I read that they were stiff but I think that will help with this bag as I have chosen it to be my workhorse so will carry lots of books and computer gear to and from university.







Overall I couldn't be happier with my hubby for picking this out for me and I am so so impressed with your service.

 

A Bag Made for a Planner Girl

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My sweet hubby bought this bag for me as a Mother's Day gift. It's been a few months and I've carried it regularly. This bag was appropriately named- it has lots of pockets- great for keeping things organized and separated, large enough to hold several planners: my A5, a personal sized ringed binder and several leather travelers notebooks. I carry a separate pencil case for all my pens but I like to use the pockets to hold my LG Popo Pocket Printer, chargers (for phone and printer). I also carry a couple of small pouches filled with tape runner, small stapler, ink pads, rubber stamps, washi tape and whatever ephemera I'm planning to use in my weekly layout. The shoulder straps were a little stiff right outta the box but with regular use it has softened quite a bit and is much more flexible now. Hubby got me the black tote and I love the contrast between the dark black pockets and straps with the carbon body. Just beautiful!

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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I never write reviews for anything but after seeing my hubs get his SBL pocket briefcase I had a severe case of leather envy and begged him to let me order this tote. I was looking for something simple that I could carry several ways (shoulder and cross body) and use every week as my Bible study bag. I ordered the tobacco/DCB and it is just beautiful. The craftsmanship is outstanding. My favorite parts are the interior pockets and how it stands on its own!!! Thanks LOVE41! I'll be back for sure!!! :)

 

Anniversary Gift to Myself

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I coveted my sister-in-laws Christmas Leather pocket tote. Even going as far as carrying it around, lovingly stroking the soft beautiful leather. So in May......I got my own for myself in the two tone brown leather.







Within a week the handles softened and relaxed to the side. I carried it around as my everyday bag for two months. The outside pockets held easy grab items such as my Samsung Note 4 phone, keys, granola bar, receipts, kindle etc. The inside hidden pocket held my Saddleback front pocket ID wallet, pen, and flashlight. I also conceal carry, and was able to simply conceal in the other hidden pocket. My kindle even fits inside the hidden pocket easily. The inside flap pockets held reading glasses, kleenex, etc. I also carry in the main compartment Saddleback large leather wallet, Love 41 Red handle clutch purse, and a Love 41 Leather cosmetic bag, (I own two of those, one in each color), and I could easily throw in my Asus 13" Ultrabook, and water bottle.







The bag is the perfect length to carry over the shoulder. I don't carry things cross body but the adjustable strap would make it helpful to get the right length. The leather is top quality. I didn't put any water protection on my bag because I didn't want to change the light tan color. I've had this bag at the beach, cabin, fishing, and shopping. I've not babied it, and after a large muddy rain storm I accidentally stepped on the corner of the bag with my muddy boots. The next day it came right off. I brushed the whole bag with a horse brush, and it's ready for church on Sunday. This is definitely going to be my vacation bag next month in Oregon. As a mom you got to be ready for anything, and this bag can easily handle it all.







Now my own sister has requested the black one for her anniversary. I sent her husband all the info.

 

Love the pockets!

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Such beautiful leather! I got the tobacco/dark brown. I've had it about 6 weeks now. A classic look with a little bit of a twist with the two tone that I foresee feeling stylish for many years. The straps are not too stiff, but sturdy and comfortable. I haven't used the cross body strap, but like having the option for traveling. I got it for the pockets and LOVE them. The front outside pockets are a little looser for bigger items and the back outside pockets are a little tighter which has been great for keeping smaller items secure. I was initially worried with the fine scratches it was getting from using the bag (fingernail scratches from putting stuff in the pockets) but it has worn in and gained a sort of patina from them that I like. I love that it stands up on its own-- it has enough room to fill to the brim as a diaper bag or to just use for a few things and still look great. I've been careful not to get it wet, especially the unfinished inside but did get some blood on the outside tobacco leather and it wiped right off and you can't tell at all. Thanks for a good product!

 

Wow!

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To start, I have a few - okay more than a few - items from SBL and L41. Including a few bags I love and am trying hard to use them all as often as I want to. Quite the challenge.







I got this in the tobacco, deep coffee brown color combo. My initial thought was to get the black as I just liked the look. But, I don't usually do black bags. To be honest, I may have enjoyed that combo better in this bag. Only because it would look less casual. I am NOT a formal sort of girl. Casual is my usual preference. And the colors are lovely and will look beautiful as they age. But, I may be using this bag for work and the darker colors would be better for that purpose.







The pockets are wonderful at keeping everything organized. Generous and the leather is soft and giving enough that they will stretch if needed with time.







My only complaint is that because it is designed to stand on it's own (which is not a fault), is that it is very square and I feel when I have it loaded down (which would be all the time), it's not as comfortable for me to lay my arm on and hold the handles which is my habit. Again, I am not faulting the bag in design - this is personal preference. And I really carry too much stuff!







So, here's my current configuration that it works really well so far. I am a hospice nurse. We are required to do electronic charting now. So we all carry laptops. Not sleek macs like my home computer. Bulky, heavy old computers! In this bag, I have said computer, clipboard (the folding kind with paper pad in back and pocket on inside front cover. Computer charger cord. A bag that holds blood pressure cuff, O2 monitor, digital thermometer and spare batteries in outside zippered pouch (large cosmetic bag basically).







Pockets - There is hand sanitizer in one of the larger outside pockets and some disinfecting wipes and a few gloves. A stethoscope curled up in the other large outside pocket. Inside pockets - one hidden pocket with a small moleskine calendar and a pen. The other hidden pocket has a small notebook I jot down vital signs or other notes. One interior flap pocket has sheaths for digital thermometer, and an airway/CPR shield should we need it - (you can be a full code on hospice). The other flap pocket is actually empty! But will likely slip my sunglasses or keys in there as I enter a home. The back outside flatter pockets will have my cell phone slipped into one and I have some small informative book/pamphlets in the other.







Oh, and in the interior I have a couple of admit packets and file folders.







I had not planned to use the cross body strap as I rarely do cross body. And as packed and heavy as this is, it sits rather comfortably on my shoulder. But I may make use of it after all. Tried it out and was very secure and comfortable feeling. At least I have the option either way!







Less packed, this bag would definitely be used personally as a day to day bag. Probably not an all day outing. Use the bucket tote for that. But it works so well and looks so much nicer than my old messenger bag as a work bag, I'm going to try that out. The black would have been more appropriate for professional use I think. But this is lovely and was not purchased with the intent of using for work.







Because it is more structured and stands up perfectly, this really adds to the function for me. Wish I could add a picture to show how this just swallowed all that stuff! Sides aren't even bulging. And neither the computer, nor the files are visible as they are well below the top. Easily accommodates legal sized files/folders.

 

Beautiful Bag, Great Capacity

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When the tote was released in the black combo I was ecstatic but hesitated to buy, as it is smaller than the simple tote, which I absolutely love. Being a cross-body and pocket person, I really wanted a tote with pockets and started looking at other vendors who sell full grain leather products, but I prefer the leather feel, aesthetic, construction of SBL/Love 41 items, so I ordered the black tote. I went back and forth on canceling my order because in the back of my mind, I kept saying "It will be too small".







Then I saw a YouTube unboxing and review of the tote, by Springfield Liz and was sold. Primarily as she showed the capacity of the bag by pulling out the full size items she had in it, showing it on and side by side with other Love 41 items, including the simple tote. This review convinced me that while the bag is smaller than the simple, it would be perfect for me. I received it yesterday and it is absolutely gorgeous.







The straps are sturdy and long so I can wear over the shoulder with bulky outerwear, but pliable enough to tuck them out of the way inside the bag when I wear crossbody. I suspect as they loosen up, I can even train them to lay flat against the bag on the outside when in crossbody if I don't want to tuck them in . The crossbody strap is a nice length (I am 5'6") and I can adjust to have the bag hit me at my hip, my crossbody sweet spot, but given the strap is detachable if I don't want to use it, I can remove it. The tote also comfortably fits all my heavy travel day gear: Galaxy S7 edge, 15" laptop in neoprene case, full size iPad in SBL cover, SBL Pouch, 2- 9x7x1 nylon pouches for electronics and reusable eating utensils, bags, etc, the SBL big wallet AND a memory foam travel pillow. Even with all this I still have room for small items in the pockets and the bag this full is very comfortable on.







I see myself using this tote a lot....it was a great buy for me and I am happy I didn't cancel my order.

 

This bag is my soulmate

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Honestly, no idea how there are anything other than all five-star reviews for this one. It is thee most well-designed, functional, high-quality tote I've ever owned (and I've owned plenty of high-end name-brand bags). If you're looking for the perfect carry-on travel tote, work tote, or even just an oversized purse for those days you have to carry tons of junk--this bag is your new bestie (and it's pretty enough to bring to brunch...like your real bestie).







As a freelancer, I'm constantly on the hunt for the perfect bag to bring along to client meetings...but my hunt is over. This guy fits my 17-inch MacBook (which is the largest MacBook--so it is SO hard to find bags that fit it), my moleskine journals and any files I need to bring. PLUS is has TONS of pockets to store all of my personal schtuff, like Chapstick, pens, phone charger, etc.







I'm so excited to watch this guy get nice and soft and worn-in, like all of my Saddlebacks do. Love, love, LOVE.

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE

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I get complements every single time I carry this bag. Its beutiful.







I use this bag when







1. I travel with my kids which is fairly often. The pockets make my life easy with a 2 and a 5 year old on a plane or on the go.







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2. I visit clients offices to work on site. The pockets keep everything I need organized. I'm a coder so I have all sorts of things I need including very heavy books. This bag makes carrying those easy.

 

Absence makes the heart grow fonder...

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I received the black pocket tote for Mother's Day and so love this bag! Used it for months and it is my everyday carry. My friend from Denmark came to visit me and she fell in love with my bag. We were ordering her one when we realized it would not get here before she left because it was on backorder. No problem, I told her she could take mine back to Denmark and I would wait for the one she ordered. She would send me pictures of her and her bag in cafes in Denmark and tell me how much everyone loved the bag...I was so happy for her and sad because I missed my bag. Well, the backorder arrived last week and I have fallen in love all over again. This is just the most perfect bag!

 

A great bag

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I'm an SBL fan. Been watching the Love 41 bags and nothing tempted me until the pocket tote. Upon opening the box, my heart sank. It looked so much smaller in person. Imagine my surprise when I was able to fit comfortably all my junk into the two-tone. It holds 2 cosmetic pouches, 1 pencil case,1 journal with cover, 1 SBL big wallet, iPhone 6 Plus, mace spray, 3 sets of car keys, eyeglass case, 1 coin purse, ID lanyard, and a coin purse. Also a 40 oz hydro flask and a Swell bottle. I use the crossbody strap to carry it on my shoulder. The strap grips well. If I have one critical observation, it's the gussets that allow two of the four outside pockets to be a little pouchy. The gussets are a slash in the leather. It looks sloppy on an expensive bag. It's stitched well so I don't think it will tear. I can't wait for the bag to give & stretch and look well used and loved. The bag is much much lighter than the SBL bags. I'm sure I will be using it daily.

 

You need this tote!

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This bag is amazing! I knew I would love it because my husband and I both own other Saddleback and Love 41 bags, but I didn't know I would love it this much! OH MY GOODNESS! It has so much room and tons of pockets to keep things organized. I love that I can put my huge cell phone in one of the outside pockets(or an inside pocket), and I can also fit a 5x8 moleskin notebook in one of the outside pockets too for easy access! I just don't know if I can say enough about the quality and awesomeness of this bag. I was torn between the tobacco or the black... I chose the black and love it >>>> but now I'm torn with my next bag being the tobacco simple tote or getting the tobacco in this ohhh the agony of decisions! You will love this bag! I can also easily put my 13" MacBook Pro and iPad in the bag if I need to. Just love this bag! The only thing I wish it had was something to hook my keys on, but it still gets 5 stars! Thank you Love 41 for creating such amazing quality bags!

 

The Get-Organized-for-Work-Tote!

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One of all time favorite Love 41 purchases! This bag just keeps coming back into rotation! Just when I think I'm ready to retire him, something else comes up that he would be just perfect for. It really does have so much functionality without being over the top, I find myself reaching for this bag for much more than just work. In my quest for the perfect work bag, I stumbled upon a great work bag / weekend bag / school bag. Here's my full review on this bag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcF0Y7eSnIY

 

MUST HAVE

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In order for me to describe just how perfect this tote is, I'd need to make up a new word in the English language. I have the Carmel and red limited edition tote and I LOVE it!!!! I love the straps, the drop length to be able to carry on your shoulder is perfect. I love all the pockets of course. I love I can fit all of my items for work in it without carrying several bags. I love my iPad Pro fits perfectly in here. Love everything about this bag. It's a must have for sure.

 

Perfect Bag for everyday work & life!

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I just bought this bag for myself and for my assistant as I gift. It is perfect and we have both used it everyday! There is plenty of room for my 13" MacBook Air and plenty of other work items. I LOVE all of the pockets and especially love the feature to be able to close the bag. This is great for traveling, when you have to place the bag under your seat. The more I wear it, the more I fall in love with this bag. It is constructed so well and I honestly think I will have it forever. The price is SO right for something so valuable. Treat yourself to this... you'll absolutely love it.

 

Great bag!

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I needed a black bag, and had been trying to decide between the Pocket Tote and the Simple Tote. After months of contemplation, the extra pockets inside and outside led me to order the Pocket Tote - and I LOVE it! I am 5"3" and was concerned that the bag would look too large to use as an everyday purse/tote/bag. It is not! It has a classic and professional look for work, but serves me well for a more casual look on the weekends.

 

Just Buy it!

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LOVE this bag!!! It's my every day bag, and is so darn comfy and the perfect size for all of my things. It has held up super well through impromptu hiking trips, my kids hauling rocks in it, and even lugging around an iPad and a MacBook. So glad I decided to snag this one.

 

Excellent bag

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I've been using this bag almost daily for close to a year. I absolutely love it. All the pockets keep things organized and make it impossible to lose smalls things in the bottom of the bag. While it has softened with use, it perfectly maintains it's overall shape so that it stands up and I can easily reach in pull out what I need without looking. I've used it as a purse, travel bag, diaper bag and semi-briefcase depending on what I'm doing that day, but mainly as my everyday carrying to work bag. I have the black/carbon and it is a pretty as when I bought it. I keep the longer strap in the bottom so that if I am out shopping etc I can put that longer strap on it easily and wear it crossbody. I see myself using this bag for many years.

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We already have several Saddlebag items and when I decided to look for a bigger bag, I started here. Then my search was over. I love this bag! So much room but lots of pockets so things are easily accessible. A beautiful bag that even smells good. Geez! Thank you.

 

First purchase ever...

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Positives: I have had this bag for about 2 months. It was stiff at first but now the tobacco leather is softening so nicely and really getting some character! The handles are still a bit stiff which I don't like but they are softening gradually also, just much slower. The pockets are awesome, you just might forget where you put what! The raw leather inside is so soft I really love just touching it. Lots of compliments.







I can fit my 14 inch laptop in no problem with a notebook, book, makeup bag, phone, wallet, and water bottle - the inside is huge. My 7 inch kindle tablet also fits in the pockets! Would be a great school/college bag. I am happy I can throw it around and I don't have to worry about it. Really worth the money. Feels very sturdy and reliable. Better than a designer bag, but without designer worries. Plus designers don't give any warranty! Psh. No contest for my money anymore. I've fallen for the Saddleback family for life <3







Only negative: I don't live in a crowded place where many people pickpocket, but I imagine it wouldn't be smart to carry this bag in a crowded area. Someone could easily stick their hand in and grab something I think.

 

I am in LOVE!

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I have only had this bag a few days but I am in love. It turns out to be the perfect size for me. I had a day that I needed to carry a lot of stuff with me. Normally I would have to carry my purse and another bag. But thanks to the tote I had 2 bottles of water, journal, wallet, pens, lipgloss, phone, phone charger in one cute bag. Plenty of room left and not heavy. I was able to fit my i phone 6 plus with defender case in the front pockets. It was tight but I assume with time they will loosen up. This bag makes me feel like I can be dressy but casual at the same time. I am just using the handles without the cross body strap, but I like the way it gives me room without being bulky. Seriously debating using this as an everyday purse. Beautifully made and smells great!

 

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!

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Beautiful bag with more than enough room for all of my everyday things and more! LOVE the two-tone. Will be PERFECT for those days when I have to travel outside of my regular office. Instead of carrying two bags (my purse and another full of work stuff) on those days, I can put my wallet in this bag and have my paperwork, etc all in one!

 

Picture does not do it justice!

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I am an itinerant teacher and use many different totes on a daily basis. I have quite a few Saddleback bags and wallets, and a small Love 41 purse. I tried using my Leather Satchel for my everyday bag, but it was too heavy, and I kept going back to my canvas totes with my Pouch or Hobo for a purse. I have been eyeing this tote for a while, but had two major concerns: color and weight.







Color: the two-toned effect of this bag really turned me off, or I would have purchased it a long time ago. However, once I received it, I realized I had NOTHING to be concerned about! The color difference is not nearly as stark in person as it is in the photos. It is still obviously two-toned, but it looks fabulous! Most of my other bags are Dark Coffee Brown, but now I can really appreciate the loveliness of tobacco brown. The bag is gorgeous, and the picture doesn't do it justice.







Weight: my other Saddleback bags are very heavy once I put my things in them, especially other Saddleback items I have, like the Big Wallet and iPad Sleeve. I was concerned that the tote would be too heavy to actually use once I put papers in it for school. As an educator for students with visual impairments, this is the busiest time of my school year. I am inundated by the amount of files, papers, and assessments I have to carry around for each of my students. I loaded this bag down the day I got it and put it to work. My files fit beautifully, as did my braille books! I am ecstatic! It is very comfortable to carry over my shoulder, and doesn't feel any heavier than the canvas bags I have been using.







Well done, Love 41! This is a gorgeous bag. It has many pockets for organization, and allows me to use it as a purse AND a tote, which I LOVE! It is soft, yet sturdy. This is a bag for a lifetime. I anticipate being able to use this bag throughout my entire teaching career. Thank you!

 

Carbon/black leather version

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Went for the black/carbon leather pocket tote from love41. I previously had a carbon and tobacco simple tote that I sold (but LOVED) so I figured why not go for the cross body option with interior pockets. Just received it about 30mins ago. Long story short. It has been repackaged and an email has been sent to start the return process. More details below.







Likes:



The size was slightly smaller to the simple tote which I didn't find any issues with. I liked that it was slightly structured unlike the simple tote so that was a plus. Being able to sit it down and it not flop over was nice. Love the interior pockets and the closure on the top of the bag to keep it from being an open invitation when set down. The carbon leather was scrumptious and as glorious as remembered, (can I get a dusty carbon skirt made?). The idea of outer pockets was also a major plus for me for random items like receipts and lip gloss, etc.







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Since they went through all the trouble of making interior pockets, why not add a key fob? Would have loved to have a place to attach my keys so I wouldn't have to go digging through the bag searching for them. Still, that wasn't a deal breaker. The reason why I almost immediately repackaged and emailed to return was the black leather. They used the black leather as the outer pockets, shoulder straps and cross body strap. Having it as the outer pockets didn't bother me as much as the straps did. They are SO incredibly uncomfortable!! I felt like it was "leather" that was covered in plastic material. The straps were very stiff. Like stand on their own stiff and they weren't very wide. Felt like the edges we pretty rough/scratchy compared to other bags I've purchased. I'm usually a tobacco and carbon girl and so maybe I've been spoiled? The black didn't conform to my body because it was so stiff. Maybe something that would get better with time but I'd rather not risk it considering I'm limited to my one edc right now. Having the shoulder straps on were uncomfortable too. They felt thick and bulky. Didn't want to lay on top of each other like the simple tote does so it would fall easily. Also didn't get that wonderful leather smell when opening up the box. Smelt some leather but mostly chemically if that makes sense. Just seemed off compared to my previous experiences.



I was ecstatic knowing that I was finally going to be able to try it out which crushed me so much more when I saw the quality of the black leather. If they ever come out with a carbon/tobacco option I'd jump at that chance. For now, the hunt is on for an edc in that price range.







Again I have no idea what the tobacco/dcb version is like. This review is solely on the carbon/black leather version.

 

Perfect Bag Combo

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My Mother's Day gift, which I picked out, was a Black Pocket Tote. I loved everything about it except that it was difficult to see items with the black interior. So, I ordered the Pocket Tote in Tobacco as soon as it became available and returned the Black. I also ordered a Dark Coffee Cosmetic Bag which I've found to make an excellent combo with the tote. The contents of the tote include a large wallet, iPad, Moleskine notebook (in 5 year old SBL cover, which I love), Bible, small pouch, other odds and ends and the Leather Cosmetic bag. In the Cosmetic Bag, I keep a SBL Sleeve Wallet with drivers license and debit card, pen, phone, lip gloss and hand lotion. This system gives the option of grabbing the smaller bag to take into the grocery while the other items that I often need stay in the tote in my van. Both Love41 pieces are lovely and beautifully crafted. I can envision years of delightful use!

 

Wow

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My husband ordered this for me last Thursday. I received it today Wednesday. Impressive given that we live in Sydney Australia. The bag is gorgeous I have the black and grey. The leather is gorgeous and the inside of the bag is bare leather but feels fantastic. I am only 163 cm tall so the bag is a great "size" for my height. It is roomy and easily fit my laptop; study file;book; wallet; glasses and pencil case.







The long straps are great and I read that they were stiff but I think that will help with this bag as I have chosen it to be my workhorse so will carry lots of books and computer gear to and from university.







Overall I couldn't be happier with my hubby for picking this out for me and I am so so impressed with your service.

 

A Bag Made for a Planner Girl

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My sweet hubby bought this bag for me as a Mother's Day gift. It's been a few months and I've carried it regularly. This bag was appropriately named- it has lots of pockets- great for keeping things organized and separated, large enough to hold several planners: my A5, a personal sized ringed binder and several leather travelers notebooks. I carry a separate pencil case for all my pens but I like to use the pockets to hold my LG Popo Pocket Printer, chargers (for phone and printer). I also carry a couple of small pouches filled with tape runner, small stapler, ink pads, rubber stamps, washi tape and whatever ephemera I'm planning to use in my weekly layout. The shoulder straps were a little stiff right outta the box but with regular use it has softened quite a bit and is much more flexible now. Hubby got me the black tote and I love the contrast between the dark black pockets and straps with the carbon body. Just beautiful!

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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I never write reviews for anything but after seeing my hubs get his SBL pocket briefcase I had a severe case of leather envy and begged him to let me order this tote. I was looking for something simple that I could carry several ways (shoulder and cross body) and use every week as my Bible study bag. I ordered the tobacco/DCB and it is just beautiful. The craftsmanship is outstanding. My favorite parts are the interior pockets and how it stands on its own!!! Thanks LOVE41! I'll be back for sure!!! :)

 

Anniversary Gift to Myself

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I coveted my sister-in-laws Christmas Leather pocket tote. Even going as far as carrying it around, lovingly stroking the soft beautiful leather. So in May......I got my own for myself in the two tone brown leather.







Within a week the handles softened and relaxed to the side. I carried it around as my everyday bag for two months. The outside pockets held easy grab items such as my Samsung Note 4 phone, keys, granola bar, receipts, kindle etc. The inside hidden pocket held my Saddleback front pocket ID wallet, pen, and flashlight. I also conceal carry, and was able to simply conceal in the other hidden pocket. My kindle even fits inside the hidden pocket easily. The inside flap pockets held reading glasses, kleenex, etc. I also carry in the main compartment Saddleback large leather wallet, Love 41 Red handle clutch purse, and a Love 41 Leather cosmetic bag, (I own two of those, one in each color), and I could easily throw in my Asus 13" Ultrabook, and water bottle.







The bag is the perfect length to carry over the shoulder. I don't carry things cross body but the adjustable strap would make it helpful to get the right length. The leather is top quality. I didn't put any water protection on my bag because I didn't want to change the light tan color. I've had this bag at the beach, cabin, fishing, and shopping. I've not babied it, and after a large muddy rain storm I accidentally stepped on the corner of the bag with my muddy boots. The next day it came right off. I brushed the whole bag with a horse brush, and it's ready for church on Sunday. This is definitely going to be my vacation bag next month in Oregon. As a mom you got to be ready for anything, and this bag can easily handle it all.







Now my own sister has requested the black one for her anniversary. I sent her husband all the info.

 

Love the pockets!

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Such beautiful leather! I got the tobacco/dark brown. I've had it about 6 weeks now. A classic look with a little bit of a twist with the two tone that I foresee feeling stylish for many years. The straps are not too stiff, but sturdy and comfortable. I haven't used the cross body strap, but like having the option for traveling. I got it for the pockets and LOVE them. The front outside pockets are a little looser for bigger items and the back outside pockets are a little tighter which has been great for keeping smaller items secure. I was initially worried with the fine scratches it was getting from using the bag (fingernail scratches from putting stuff in the pockets) but it has worn in and gained a sort of patina from them that I like. I love that it stands up on its own-- it has enough room to fill to the brim as a diaper bag or to just use for a few things and still look great. I've been careful not to get it wet, especially the unfinished inside but did get some blood on the outside tobacco leather and it wiped right off and you can't tell at all. Thanks for a good product!

 

Wow!

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To start, I have a few - okay more than a few - items from SBL and L41. Including a few bags I love and am trying hard to use them all as often as I want to. Quite the challenge.







I got this in the tobacco, deep coffee brown color combo. My initial thought was to get the black as I just liked the look. But, I don't usually do black bags. To be honest, I may have enjoyed that combo better in this bag. Only because it would look less casual. I am NOT a formal sort of girl. Casual is my usual preference. And the colors are lovely and will look beautiful as they age. But, I may be using this bag for work and the darker colors would be better for that purpose.







The pockets are wonderful at keeping everything organized. Generous and the leather is soft and giving enough that they will stretch if needed with time.







My only complaint is that because it is designed to stand on it's own (which is not a fault), is that it is very square and I feel when I have it loaded down (which would be all the time), it's not as comfortable for me to lay my arm on and hold the handles which is my habit. Again, I am not faulting the bag in design - this is personal preference. And I really carry too much stuff!







So, here's my current configuration that it works really well so far. I am a hospice nurse. We are required to do electronic charting now. So we all carry laptops. Not sleek macs like my home computer. Bulky, heavy old computers! In this bag, I have said computer, clipboard (the folding kind with paper pad in back and pocket on inside front cover. Computer charger cord. A bag that holds blood pressure cuff, O2 monitor, digital thermometer and spare batteries in outside zippered pouch (large cosmetic bag basically).







Pockets - There is hand sanitizer in one of the larger outside pockets and some disinfecting wipes and a few gloves. A stethoscope curled up in the other large outside pocket. Inside pockets - one hidden pocket with a small moleskine calendar and a pen. The other hidden pocket has a small notebook I jot down vital signs or other notes. One interior flap pocket has sheaths for digital thermometer, and an airway/CPR shield should we need it - (you can be a full code on hospice). The other flap pocket is actually empty! But will likely slip my sunglasses or keys in there as I enter a home. The back outside flatter pockets will have my cell phone slipped into one and I have some small informative book/pamphlets in the other.







Oh, and in the interior I have a couple of admit packets and file folders.







I had not planned to use the cross body strap as I rarely do cross body. And as packed and heavy as this is, it sits rather comfortably on my shoulder. But I may make use of it after all. Tried it out and was very secure and comfortable feeling. At least I have the option either way!







Less packed, this bag would definitely be used personally as a day to day bag. Probably not an all day outing. Use the bucket tote for that. But it works so well and looks so much nicer than my old messenger bag as a work bag, I'm going to try that out. The black would have been more appropriate for professional use I think. But this is lovely and was not purchased with the intent of using for work.







Because it is more structured and stands up perfectly, this really adds to the function for me. Wish I could add a picture to show how this just swallowed all that stuff! Sides aren't even bulging. And neither the computer, nor the files are visible as they are well below the top. Easily accommodates legal sized files/folders.

 

Beautiful Bag, Great Capacity

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When the tote was released in the black combo I was ecstatic but hesitated to buy, as it is smaller than the simple tote, which I absolutely love. Being a cross-body and pocket person, I really wanted a tote with pockets and started looking at other vendors who sell full grain leather products, but I prefer the leather feel, aesthetic, construction of SBL/Love 41 items, so I ordered the black tote. I went back and forth on canceling my order because in the back of my mind, I kept saying "It will be too small".







Then I saw a YouTube unboxing and review of the tote, by Springfield Liz and was sold. Primarily as she showed the capacity of the bag by pulling out the full size items she had in it, showing it on and side by side with other Love 41 items, including the simple tote. This review convinced me that while the bag is smaller than the simple, it would be perfect for me. I received it yesterday and it is absolutely gorgeous.







The straps are sturdy and long so I can wear over the shoulder with bulky outerwear, but pliable enough to tuck them out of the way inside the bag when I wear crossbody. I suspect as they loosen up, I can even train them to lay flat against the bag on the outside when in crossbody if I don't want to tuck them in . The crossbody strap is a nice length (I am 5'6") and I can adjust to have the bag hit me at my hip, my crossbody sweet spot, but given the strap is detachable if I don't want to use it, I can remove it. The tote also comfortably fits all my heavy travel day gear: Galaxy S7 edge, 15" laptop in neoprene case, full size iPad in SBL cover, SBL Pouch, 2- 9x7x1 nylon pouches for electronics and reusable eating utensils, bags, etc, the SBL big wallet AND a memory foam travel pillow. Even with all this I still have room for small items in the pockets and the bag this full is very comfortable on.







I see myself using this tote a lot....it was a great buy for me and I am happy I didn't cancel my order.

 

This bag is my soulmate

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Honestly, no idea how there are anything other than all five-star reviews for this one. It is thee most well-designed, functional, high-quality tote I've ever owned (and I've owned plenty of high-end name-brand bags). If you're looking for the perfect carry-on travel tote, work tote, or even just an oversized purse for those days you have to carry tons of junk--this bag is your new bestie (and it's pretty enough to bring to brunch...like your real bestie).







As a freelancer, I'm constantly on the hunt for the perfect bag to bring along to client meetings...but my hunt is over. This guy fits my 17-inch MacBook (which is the largest MacBook--so it is SO hard to find bags that fit it), my moleskine journals and any files I need to bring. PLUS is has TONS of pockets to store all of my personal schtuff, like Chapstick, pens, phone charger, etc.







I'm so excited to watch this guy get nice and soft and worn-in, like all of my Saddlebacks do. Love, love, LOVE.

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE

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I get complements every single time I carry this bag. Its beutiful.







I use this bag when







1. I travel with my kids which is fairly often. The pockets make my life easy with a 2 and a 5 year old on a plane or on the go.







and







2. I visit clients offices to work on site. The pockets keep everything I need organized. I'm a coder so I have all sorts of things I need including very heavy books. This bag makes carrying those easy.

 

Absence makes the heart grow fonder...

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I received the black pocket tote for Mother's Day and so love this bag! Used it for months and it is my everyday carry. My friend from Denmark came to visit me and she fell in love with my bag. We were ordering her one when we realized it would not get here before she left because it was on backorder. No problem, I told her she could take mine back to Denmark and I would wait for the one she ordered. She would send me pictures of her and her bag in cafes in Denmark and tell me how much everyone loved the bag...I was so happy for her and sad because I missed my bag. Well, the backorder arrived last week and I have fallen in love all over again. This is just the most perfect bag!

 

A great bag

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I'm an SBL fan. Been watching the Love 41 bags and nothing tempted me until the pocket tote. Upon opening the box, my heart sank. It looked so much smaller in person. Imagine my surprise when I was able to fit comfortably all my junk into the two-tone. It holds 2 cosmetic pouches, 1 pencil case,1 journal with cover, 1 SBL big wallet, iPhone 6 Plus, mace spray, 3 sets of car keys, eyeglass case, 1 coin purse, ID lanyard, and a coin purse. Also a 40 oz hydro flask and a Swell bottle. I use the crossbody strap to carry it on my shoulder. The strap grips well. If I have one critical observation, it's the gussets that allow two of the four outside pockets to be a little pouchy. The gussets are a slash in the leather. It looks sloppy on an expensive bag. It's stitched well so I don't think it will tear. I can't wait for the bag to give & stretch and look well used and loved. The bag is much much lighter than the SBL bags. I'm sure I will be using it daily.

 

You need this tote!

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This bag is amazing! I knew I would love it because my husband and I both own other Saddleback and Love 41 bags, but I didn't know I would love it this much! OH MY GOODNESS! It has so much room and tons of pockets to keep things organized. I love that I can put my huge cell phone in one of the outside pockets(or an inside pocket), and I can also fit a 5x8 moleskin notebook in one of the outside pockets too for easy access! I just don't know if I can say enough about the quality and awesomeness of this bag. I was torn between the tobacco or the black... I chose the black and love it >>>> but now I'm torn with my next bag being the tobacco simple tote or getting the tobacco in this ohhh the agony of decisions! You will love this bag! I can also easily put my 13" MacBook Pro and iPad in the bag if I need to. Just love this bag! The only thing I wish it had was something to hook my keys on, but it still gets 5 stars! Thank you Love 41 for creating such amazing quality bags!

 

The Get-Organized-for-Work-Tote!

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One of all time favorite Love 41 purchases! This bag just keeps coming back into rotation! Just when I think I'm ready to retire him, something else comes up that he would be just perfect for. It really does have so much functionality without being over the top, I find myself reaching for this bag for much more than just work. In my quest for the perfect work bag, I stumbled upon a great work bag / weekend bag / school bag. Here's my full review on this bag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcF0Y7eSnIY

 

MUST HAVE

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In order for me to describe just how perfect this tote is, I'd need to make up a new word in the English language. I have the Carmel and red limited edition tote and I LOVE it!!!! I love the straps, the drop length to be able to carry on your shoulder is perfect. I love all the pockets of course. I love I can fit all of my items for work in it without carrying several bags. I love my iPad Pro fits perfectly in here. Love everything about this bag. It's a must have for sure.

 

Perfect Bag for everyday work & life!

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I just bought this bag for myself and for my assistant as I gift. It is perfect and we have both used it everyday! There is plenty of room for my 13" MacBook Air and plenty of other work items. I LOVE all of the pockets and especially love the feature to be able to close the bag. This is great for traveling, when you have to place the bag under your seat. The more I wear it, the more I fall in love with this bag. It is constructed so well and I honestly think I will have it forever. The price is SO right for something so valuable. Treat yourself to this... you'll absolutely love it.

 

Great bag!

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I needed a black bag, and had been trying to decide between the Pocket Tote and the Simple Tote. After months of contemplation, the extra pockets inside and outside led me to order the Pocket Tote - and I LOVE it! I am 5"3" and was concerned that the bag would look too large to use as an everyday purse/tote/bag. It is not! It has a classic and professional look for work, but serves me well for a more casual look on the weekends.

 

Just Buy it!

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LOVE this bag!!! It's my every day bag, and is so darn comfy and the perfect size for all of my things. It has held up super well through impromptu hiking trips, my kids hauling rocks in it, and even lugging around an iPad and a MacBook. So glad I decided to snag this one.

 

Excellent bag

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I've been using this bag almost daily for close to a year. I absolutely love it. All the pockets keep things organized and make it impossible to lose smalls things in the bottom of the bag. While it has softened with use, it perfectly maintains it's overall shape so that it stands up and I can easily reach in pull out what I need without looking. I've used it as a purse, travel bag, diaper bag and semi-briefcase depending on what I'm doing that day, but mainly as my everyday carrying to work bag. I have the black/carbon and it is a pretty as when I bought it. I keep the longer strap in the bottom so that if I am out shopping etc I can put that longer strap on it easily and wear it crossbody. I see myself using this bag for many years.