when the one I really want I cannot afford
I’m looking for a bag that: will fit my 13″ macbook, space for a few other things like small water bottle Kindle large purse camera etc, solid leather (or very professional looking cordura), high quality construction, a pocket that is not too tricky to access for my public transport card, don’t need lots of other fancy pockets. Over shoulder strap optional. It can’t be too flashy though, I am a fairly understated kind of woman.
I’ve been using a Timbuk2 tote (older version of cargo tote) for years and years and it has served me well. However, it’s getting slightly tatty, and its blue/beige colour combination isn’t as professional as I’d like to be. I do still like the style though.
I am ridiculously in love with the Mulberry Bayswater, but there is no way I could justify spending that amount of money. I’ve also seen some coach totes that are quite nice but I don’t seem to see one tha free run 2 t is in leather and that will carry all this stuff.
Other bags I have used: I have a backpack as part of my Eagle Creek carryon set but that doesn’t quite scream professional in the office though it’s a great set otherwise as it fits all my stuff. I’ve had a Crumpler bag for years but I rarely use it because it is overly filled with pockets and velcro. I have a nic free run 2 e leather satchel, but it does not fit my laptop.
I would be willing to pay up to about $400 USD and would be happy to shop in a store or online. I’m in the UK but will be visiting the US in the next few months.
posted by wingless_angel to Clothing, Beauty, Fashion (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I’ve found Patagonia bags to be indestructible and highly functional. I traveled 90% for work with laptop and possessions for about 5 years using one of their backpacks. It’s still in great shape and I’m sure their totes would st free run 2 and the test of time. Maybe one off their “mass” line?
posted by patrad at 8:13 AM on November 30, 2010
You should check out the stuff here. I don’t own any of it, but their stuff is just gorgeous.
posted by deadmessenger at 8:13 AM on November 30, 2010
The first brands that come to mind are Billykirk and Filson.
posted by mikesch at 8:18 AM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]
Have you checked eb free run 2 ay? I ask because a friend of mine got a mulberry bag (in this case it wasn’t a bayswater, but I’m sure they are available) and it was within your price limit. By the way, she’s in the US but got the bag from the ebay uk site.
posted by oneaday at 8:42 AM on November 30, 2010
Check out Tom Bihn products. I don’t own any, but this line keeps popping up on travel blogs for ideal travel bags. The look is a bit techy, but you can get them in subdued colors.
The Co pilot looks cool and has a separate water bottle compartment, though it looks too small for a lappy.
The Tri star or Western Flyer has enough space for a laptop and more. They’re also convertible so you can use it as a messenger, tote, or backpack.