Doesn't hold as much as I thought
I bought this bag after reading all the reviews about how much it holds. People said it was a great school bag, all purpose bag, etc....
What I've found is that I could never use it as a school bag. There just isn't enough room. I have a 1.5" binder and a slim accordion file that I take to meetings, and I have to work the binder in carefully to make it fit so that it's in there horizontally and I can close the zipper. Once the binder and file are in, there is no room for any more large items. Maybe a small textbook?
The outside pockets are nice for drinks, but once again, if I have my binder in the bag, I have to carefully work my tumbler in to make it fit. You could drop a slimmer bottle of water in there more easily. Also, for me, the strap drop is not quite long enough.
So, while your mileage may vary, for me this bag is just not large enough. The design is very nice, and if you don't expect it to hold too much, it might be the bag for you. For me, it's just not large enough to be any sort of book or work bag.
March 8, 2014
PLEASE MAKE IN ALL COLORS!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!
Bought this years ago, and use it for everything, especially when I have to do business travel and lug around books and personal supplies. Water bottles fit great inthe side pockets. Used mine so much it's starting to look a little tired and I need another one. Vera please make these in your other patterns too.
February 27, 2014
Please keep this bag in the line and please make it available in all of the patterns like all of the other bags. This is just the right size and organization for all types of life styles and uses such as work, school, parents with small children or retirees and the zippered top top makes a winner for traveling. Everyone that has seen my bag so far wants one but the limited color and pattern choices are not always appealing. All of the ladies in this family are Vera fans and we all own this bag and would buy a few more if there was a bigger color selection.
February 24, 2014
The best tote ever!
This is by far the BEST TOTE Vera makes. I don't understand why they discontinued it and then brought it back for a limited time in limited patterns. From all the reviews, everyone LOVES this tote. They keep trying to replace it with another tote, but they come up short. The tote has two outside side pockets with more pockets inside along with a zipper pocket. It has a recessed zipper for security (which many totes do not have) and pretty pleating. I had one in the Pink Paisley that was getting worn out. I was so happy when they came out for the holidays with it in Plum Crazy. It has replaced my old one. I want another in one of the new colors for summer. Please bring it back in ALL patterns!
February 23, 2014
Love this tote!!!
I love this tote! It is a great perfect size. My favorite Vera Bradley bag of all time. Would love to get more of this style but in other patterns for other seasons. Please keep this tote around and please add more patterns.
February 12, 2014
Love this bag!
This tote is perfect for work!!! I love the fact that there's the 2 pockets on the sides. Perfectly holds my VB tumbler and coffee travel mug! And there's a lot more room than I thought! It holds everything I need at work. Such a great bag :) I bought it in Canterberry Magenta to match my lunchbox and I've gotten so many compliments on this bag! Definitely worth the buy!
January 27, 2014
Bring this back permanently!!
This is simply a great bag! The best tote I think VB has ever produced. Great as a carry on for air travel. It's roomy but not too large and has a ZIPPER!!! I'm also not too crazy about the current limited color selections, but bought one anyway. Please put this bag back in the Vera Bradley lineup!
January 24, 2014
My go to bag
This bag has been my favorite for a super long time. So glad they brought it back in the winter and was disappointed not to see it in the Spring Patterns. Hopefully it isn't gone again.
January 15, 2014
Love this bag but.....
I am excited to see the pleated tote available again. Love the size and shape of this bag, the pockets on the ends (big enough and deep enough to hold water bottles), the length of the straps, and the zippered closure for security. But there are a couple things I would really love to see upgraded on it - the handles and the inside pockets. Handles really need to be padded for the weight this bag carries when loaded. And the inside pockets need to be deeper AND quilted like the ones on the Vera. As a matter of fact, I'd love to see the same inside pocket design as on the Vera - six quilted slip pockets instead of a combo of 3 slip and one zippered. But at least make the 3 slip pockets deeper and quilted. As they are, the fabric of the pockets eventually stretches and sags. Once that happens, the contents are constantly falling out. One other thing that would be great - one more exterior slip pocket on the side of the bag in addition to the ones on each end. Again, just like the one on the Vera - quilted and with a clip. That's where I prefer to carry my keys and I have a flashdrive that I use everyday at work - it is in a little neoprene case that I keep clipped on the lanyard in that pocket. Handy but secure. As you can tell, I like a lot of the features of the Vera bag. But I prefer the size and east/west design of the pleated tote. A hybrid of the two would be AWESOME and I would no doubt buy it in several colors.
January 12, 2014
I love the way the pleated tote looks. It fits perfectly over the shoulder! Right now, I am using mine as a church bag. Great for my kiddos books and the two pockets on the sides hold their sippie cups. This would make a great bag to travel with also.
January 10, 2014