My Prized Commuting Possession
The Miller Bag is my go-to tote for work. I live in Minnesota where at least four months of the year you don’t leave your house without the proper number of layers on. At the height of winter, when I’m decked out in my thickest coat with hat, scarf, snow boots and mittens, it can be cumbersome to carry extra bags or a purse around. With the extra bulk, purse straps don’t fit the same and it is difficult to be aware of dropping things.
Enter the Miller Bag. It’s perfect:
1. The size is quite large – I can fit my VB Lunch Date, coffee travel mug, a purse (usually a VB Frannie), my shoes when I change from my snow boots and often a three-ring binder and a few small manuals for work. These things all fit with plenty of room left over. Should I need to carry more or something heavy, the straps go underneath the bag a continuous loop. So the weight is supported by them and they will never rip away from the bag itself.
2. It zips shut – I can’t emphasize enough how great this is. I know that no matter how dramatically I throw this over my shoulder, nothing is going to fall out.
3. The shoulder straps are roomy and stay in place – even with a bulky winter coat, the Miller Bag is a dream to tote around.
Add the SIX inside and one outside pocket and it doesn’t get any better. If I could made one modification it would be to add a key ring hook in the outside pocket like the Vera tote has, but even without it, I slip my keys and my work badge in there and have had no problems with them potentially falling out. I have this in a pattern that looks great with the two winter coats I wear the most and then match a Frannie to whatever outfit I’m wearing that day. Of all my Veras, this is the one that has gotten the most compliments.
December 3, 2013
PLEASE BRING MILLER BAG BACK IN EVERY COLOR!
The Miller Bag is my everyday go to bag, but it has not been available in the newest colors for awhile now. I like to switch my bags out to match my outfits, so like to have different colors and designs to choose from. Please please please bring this bag back! It is sizable, which is what I need to carry lots of different items, including medications and things for the grandkids. I can fit in books and small packages when shopping. It is great for traveling. I love the zippered top for security, the six interior pockets and the outside pocket. Would love a leash for keys in the outside pocket. I love the removable hard bottom insert ... I have washed my bags many many times and they come out looking great. I have found that when air drying them, it helps to use two pant hangers with finger clips, one attached on each side, so I can hang up and shape the bag so that it dries with some body. Otherwise, the sides get kind of soft and collapsible, which makes the bag not hold its shape as well when I am carrying it. I use a purse organizer inside, which makes it easy to transfer things between bags. The Miller bag is THE BEST VERA BRADLEY BAG. I would love to have it in the black quilted fabric. Please bring back this classic favorite. Nothing else can take its place.
June 25, 2014
Baggage Check Saver
For my3-4 week trips, I confine luggage to a carry-on and use the Miller bag as my personal item. I love the pockets to organize small items and stuff in my camera and hipster purse. I can still shove the thing under the seat. The Grand Traveler and Weekender will not fit under the seats of the smaller "puddle-jumpers" but I can count on my Miller bag.
VERA BRADLEY NOTE: A couple improvements: I would like a sleeve added to the back and a zippered outside compartment for easy access to medications, etc. I don't trust the existing pocket...things have fallen out of it.
January 17, 2013