Already LOVE this tote!
I'm in college studying early childhood education so I'm using this bag for my studies, my hours in the classroom, and then will use it when I'm actually teaching… I'm OBSESSED. It holds my books, binder, computer, and tablet. I love that it has a zipper as well. I feel safe having my personal things in the bag and plan to also use it as a carry on when traveling. Most definitely the perfect bag. It has everything I want in a bag and more. :) Great size too!
November 11, 2013
Lots of space, zipper attachment is worrisome..
This tote is large enough to hold my iPad (without the Vera Bradley case) but with the magnetic cover in the front tablet pocket. The front turn-lock compartment has a decent amount of padding to keep it protected. Inside there are three pencil/pen slip pockets on the inside center with 2 slip pockets on either side. These are large enough to hold my iPhone 5S in a large (lifeproof) case, but it just fits. The other side has a large zip pocket. On the outside of the bag there are 2 deep slip pockets on either side. I have used these for my umbrella (not mini but a smaller sized one), a Brita water bottle and sometimes carry a pair of ballet slippers on the side with the umbrella.
Today I fit this in my tote : accordion wallet, a zip ID case with misc store loyalty cards, a medium cosmetic bag, VB contact case, file folders for work, a scarf & mittens, flashlight, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, finger oxygen meter, a couple of Clif bars and an apple. The tote was a bit heavy but not overstuffed and I could easily zip the top.
The zipper is my concern on this bag. The tape end (that is, the fabric part of the zipper at the end that doesn't open) is attached to the inside of the bag. This doesn't look as though it will hold up over time. I may need to make a few reinforcement stitches on this to keep it in place. I've carried it about 6 times and when reaching in the depths of this it puts strain on that area where the zipper is attached. That's why I've given it 4 stars, plus it would be great to see a key clip on the inside of these larger bags so we don't lose our keys in the bottom.
December 12, 2013
The perfect work bag
I have probably bought close to 100 pieces of Vera. I have tried the laptop carryall, the Vera, the large laptop tote, a pleated tote, the Glenna, the Mandy and the Bowler. This beats them hands down for me. I use a tablet with keyboard cover for work so the front pocket is perfect. The 2 slip pockets carry my personal and work cell phones. I carry a stethoscope, prescription pads, wallet, ID case, plus keys, brush, etc with room to spare AND IT ZIPS CLOSED! Only wish it didn't sag the tiniest bit. Please don't ever stop this style. I already have it in Bittersweet, Heather, and Venetian Paisley.
November 19, 2013