I love this bag and how versatile it is! It's also a very cute bag and I get lots of positive comments (I have it in Heather). I only wish it were a little bigger.
November 23, 2013
Pattern didn't look like photo!
Ordered in Canterbury Cobalt and expected it to look like the picture on the website. Call me OCD -- but I expected the same symmetry in the pattern as shown. So aesthetically, I was disappointed in pattern I received -- really, really large circle on one side, small one on the other. But I love the colors in the pattern. And I like the versatility of the bag. But I really don't like the look of pattern placement. And since I don't like the looks of the bag, plan to return it. I recommend seeing at store before purchasing. I've purchased dozens--probably hundreds -- of VB products over the years, and this is first time pattern placement emerged as a big issue in my aesthetic satisfaction.
November 5, 2013
Good for Concealed Carry
I bought this bag because I am able to carry my pistol in the back zipper pocket. I carry the bag as a shoulder bag and I am able to easily reach and draw my pistol. I have purchased concealed carry handbags and they are all to heavy. I now use this bag as well as my Vera tote (pistol within easy reach when in inside pouch) for concealed carry. Probably not designed for this purpose but it's perfect for me and I have suggested it to friends who also carry concealed.
October 28, 2013
Cute and fashionable but not so functional
As everyone else, the cuteness of this bag caught my eye from the get go. I love how versatile it is as you are able to completely remove the straps and use as a cute handbag or put them on and use as a backpack. It can fit an iPad, wallet, cosmetics and toiletries. The pros: If you are into fashion, the handbag makes a statement. I love the new color cocoa moss as it is much prettier in person because the avocado green stands out. The cons: I think this bag is way overpriced for what you're getting. For this price you can get a great handbag and if on sale also a backpack. This will not serve as a school backpack as it's not big enough for a three ring binder or books. The handbag as a crossbody may work for you but you can't put anything too heavy on it or it wears on your shoulder. The backpack aspect is not as practical as you may think and you can get a better price and functionality with other vera bradley backpacks.
October 9, 2013
Very Vera Versatile
I have been using this backpack tote for over a month now and it has held up very well. I bought it in Lola which can be worn with many different colors of clothing. The top handle is comfortable on my shoulder and does not slip off when I use the bag as a purse. When used as a backpack the straps are also comfortable as well as adjustable. I have also used the bag as a crossbody by clipping the backpack straps together to make a longer strap. The various ways that the bag can be worn makes it a favorite. I can shop hands free, carry my bag and my daughter's backpack when I pick her up after school and still hold both of my children's hands when crossing the street.
The bag is not as roomy as my Double Zip VB backpack so it is not something I can recommend for students carrying big books or binders. It does fit my Nook reader with cover, my Kiss n' Snap VB wallet, a small umbrella and several other small items, (phone, Kleenex pouch, hand sanitizer, etc.). There is slightly less room if you use the drawstring so keep that in mind. The space inside is slightly less than a Vera tote. It is more of a medium sized bag.
Inside it has two small rectangular slip pockets that my iPhone 4 fits into. It also has a zippered pocket that might fit a small wallet. Underneath the flap are two small, rectangular shaped slip pockets similar to the ones on the inside. There is one more larger zippered pocket that rests against you when you wear the bag as a purse/backpack. All of these pockets keep my things organized as well as help me find things quickly with one hand when I need them.
I considered the bag a bit pricey but got it with a discount and find that after using it for a month I would have paid the full price. Keep in mind that it is more of a casual bag but that fits my style just fine. Lastly, I like the look of the bag because it is more stylish than a traditional backpack. Thank you Vera!
September 22, 2013
I absolutely love this bag. I have a son in high school marching band and I chaperone often for football games and competitions. As such, I need to carry all sorts of odds and ends like black tape, tylenol, bobby pins, safety pins, hairspray, extra pair of socks (all small items for the kids). Occasionally have to carry someone's inhaler and my phone and wallet and maybe a snack or water bottle. All the pockets and zippered pockets are great for organizing everything, especially the outside slip pockets for quick access. Just the right size bag, and I love everything Vera. I would highly recommend it as a purse for everyday also, and in that case I would probably put my kindle in it too.
September 19, 2013
Just bought this at my Vera store tonight I bought it in the Lola pattern, love how you can wear this bag as a purse or back pack, I will be using this as my everyday purse love it glad I bought it. Thanks Vera for making lovely bags
September 13, 2013
FOR ALL AGES.....EVEN ME!!!!!! :-)
Well, everyone, the cat's out of the bag (literally!). I am a Baby Boomer with 62 years under my belt and I find myself continually caught between what is old-ladyish and what is TOO modern to be age appropriate. This backpack/sling/purse/tote is a fabulous addition to those treasured items I find just right. Like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, this bag isn't too big, it isn't too small - and it does everything I could possibly want. With pockets galore, I have places for makeup, receipts, tablet, cell phone, Kindle, wallet, etc. I did have the large backpack, but it was actually a bit too large for what I needed, so I passed it on to a high school student who really needs all that room.
As with all of the Vera Bradley's, there is a purpose and a person for each item. For me, this backpack tote is perfection!
Highly recommended on all levels!
August 29, 2013
So stylish and so versatile!
First of all, this is not a good choice for a school backpack (except for maybe a 6 year old). It is a fantastic choice for a purse though! The options for how to wear it are numerous: shoulder with long strap, shoulder with rolled handle, crossbody, backpack style with 1 strap, backpack style with both straps. I've tried all but the last one and I've settled on backpack style with one strap. It's most comfortable for me. It has 2 deep pockets under the flap, a deeeeep zipper pocket on the back, a zipper pocket inside and 2 slip pockets inside. You can adjust the drawstrings as needed and they stay how you set them.
1 note about a previous review concerned about the security aspect of the rolled handle sticking out...it does fold either way (forwards/backwards) so it can be tucked back behind the bag so it is not sticking out. :-)
August 16, 2013
I am definitely loving this backpack tote way more than I thought I would! I have to say first off that I've read some of the other reviews and everyone is complaining about the big rolled handle; I personally thought it was un attractive at first as well but if you want to wear it thrown over your shoulder or to wear it as a backpack then just tuck the rolled handle part down in, fits nicely and is quickly out of the way. Otherwise the rolled handle comes in handy when you want to use it as a purse, its comfy and stays put on the shoulder itself. I also love that it can function as a crossbody as well. The cinch on this bag is great, doesn't come loose at all and everything inside stays right where it should when carried. I actually ended up buying this bag after a client of mine came in with hers and was showing me all of its funtionality......I immediately had to order it. I got it in the pattern *Lola*......it' looks amazing in this pattern! I probably will end up getting it in *Jazzy Blooms* as well :o)
Way to go Vera, another well thought up bag!!!!
August 15, 2013