Looks great, BUT TERRIBLE design
I had this tote for a month, and the handles are tearing. This is a very large bag, but I was not nearly filling it to capacity- 4 to 5 files with a lightweight laptop every day. The inside of the handles have separated from the bag, and the seams of the handle are cracking. There are many online complaints of similar results. Very disappointing.
December 6, 2013
Very attractive but poor quality
I had asked for this tote for my birthday this year in September and was very excited when I received it because of the faux leather handles. Knowing that it would resist the dirt and oil from my hands as the fabric handles tend to get pretty grimy after repeated use. To my surprise , only after about 3 weeks of heavy use, the material inside of the handles began to separate from the bag. Now the leather has stretched so much that I'm afraid to use it because the straps will certainly snap! I admit I packed pretty heavy (organizer, wallet, iPad, lotion, sometimes lunch) but for the price and Vera Bradley standards, I expected much more. Wondering if I can exchange it for a new one and just carry fewer times. Either way... I'm Very disappointed :
November 24, 2013
I expect more from Vera Bradley
I purchased Boxy Tote from my local Vera Bradley retailer. I waited for what seemed like forever and was thrilled when it was finally released. After using it for a few days, I was sorely disappointed. I only had a wallet, some pens and lip gloss inside yet the handles started falling and pulling the top of the bag down. The faux leather handles began to crack after only a few days. Very disappointing. Vera Bradley is an investment and I expect investment quality products from them.
November 7, 2013
This is my absolute favorite Vera tote. I love it because it is so sturdy and pretty much stands up by itself so it's so easy to fill. Love the durable bottom! And the handles seem pretty strong and durable. I took this one camping to hold things like glass lanterns and fuel so they would stay upright. It is big and holds a lot!!! It is not something you would carry on your shoulder but that is fine by me. I got mine in Lola. I would buy another one for sure.
November 7, 2013
I loved this bag until...
I was so excited when I got this bag for work. It was big enough to hold all the usual things I carry (purse, cosmetic bag, laptop, several files) with room to spare. It comfortably fit over my shoulder and the strap didn't slip as others tend to do. Unfortunately after about five uses I noticed the handles had started to bend over. It appeared that whatever material supported the handles only continued to a certain point. That point is where they bent and within about ten more uses my fears were realized -- the material began to tear at the point they were bending. I am so disappointed in the durability of these handles as the bag was perfect before. I see I'm the only reviewer who seems to have had this issue so perhaps my bag has a flaw. I would recommend people check the handles for support thru the entire handle before purchasing to avoid the problem I've had.
October 6, 2013
Great for Airplane travel.
I travel a fair amount for work and needed a large tote to fit under the seat to accompany my grand traveler that goes in the overhead bin. My Vera tote just wasn't cutting it, and even though the boxy tote doesn't close it was the PERFECT size! I was able to fit my computer, large cosmetic, planner, book, a jacket and a scarf in it with room to spare! And it did actually fit under the seat, and the interior zippered pocket was perfect for my passport, travel docs, and phone. It also has two exterior pockets that were easy to slip my umbrella and phone into (although I could have put an extra book in it too!). And I just adore la neon rose! The straps were a good length, although I am on the petite (but tall) side. Love it!
October 2, 2013
I bought this bag in Olivia Pink and I love it! I use it as my teacher bag and it holds a lot of papers. I was worried that it might be too big or uncomfortable to carry over my shoulder but my fears were unfounded. The zippered pocket inside and the outer side pockets are very useful for my smaller supplies; no more digging around at the bottom of the bag for a pen. I don't usually write product recommendations but I'm very happy with this bag.
September 28, 2013
Large, Great size for office workers
I received this tote in the black combo print.
SIZE - This is a large tote, one can carry a wide variety of items. The tote is deep in length and wide. STRAPS - The straps are short. For me, I could not put the straps over my shoulder. LEATHER - The straps and bottom of the bag have a "leather" trim. I honestly can not confirm if it is real leather but it appears to be. POCKETS - There are no outside pockets on the largest part of the bag. The ONE outside pocket is on the side, you could put an umbrella in it or a bottle water.
The inside does have a pocket. USES - This is good for ME, as a commuter, I put a small purse inside with wallet, cosmetic bag, shoes, lunch and just carry ONE BAG instead of carrying a purse, small tote, lunch bag etc. Also great for bringing items home from work.
PRICE - To me, this tote is higher in price to ME.
August 25, 2013
This is very roomy...great for holding everything I need on a family outing. Strap is long enough to go over my shoulder as well, which I have problems with sometimes being a plus-size woman. Love the Bittersweet pattern...very stylish!
August 15, 2013
great bag for holding it all.
This bag is great . I love it. Lots of room and a pocket . This bag can really fit it all.
August 10, 2013