Well-made, all-purpose work bags are tough to find. That’s probably why so many Hill staffers and working women fall into the Longchamp trap. Sure, Longchamp totes hold the essentials and then some, but they have no structure and they’re cavernous and cluttered. But what if I told you that there was a bag that was lightweight, durable and stylish?
When the fine folks at Lo & Sons contacted me about their product, I was skeptical. I hate nylon bags because every nylon bag I’ve ever seen was cheap and poorly made, but Lo & Sons bags are just the opposite. When you inspect the bag, you can see the craftsmanship and the attention to detail in the heavy nylon fabric, the strong straps/handles and the overall design. You can just tell that someone really thought about this bag.
Lo & Sons is a family business, opened by a mother and her two sons, and their goal was to create strong, stylish bags for frequent travelers. So I decided to take The Brookline tote they sent me to New York City on my weekend getaway. I couldn’t believe all of the stuff that fit inside.
I packed a 15″ MacBook Pro, my iPad, my chargers, eight magazines, my wallet, a notebook, sunglasses and a selection of other items neatly into the bag. And I kept the smaller items (iPhone, chapstick, etc.) in the outside pocket, so I never had to go fishing for my Amtrak ticket or dig around for my Blackberry.
I felt like Mary Poppins with this bag. I reached inside half-expecting to pull out a lamp and a tea set. Don’t believe me? Check out this video to see everything The Brookline bag can hold or visit the Lo & Sons Facebook page to see photos and read reviews from happy customers.
Readers are constantly asking for advice regarding laptop bags and totes for work, and I always feel at a loss for what to tell them. After my trip, I e-mailed Derek Lo and told him that the women of Washington, D.C. need these bags.
While I tested out The Brookline (because I have a 15″ laptop), Lo & Sons makes two other bags that I think you ladies are going to die for. They’re called The O.G. (Overnight/Gym) bag and The O.M.G (Overnight/Medium Gym) bag.
These bags have everything The Brookline has–the laptop pocket, the organizational pockets–but they also have a secret. The bags have a special sleeve that is designed to hold your shoes. So if you commute to work in flats, you can store your heels inside, and your dirty shoes never touch the rest of your items. So smart!
Ladies, you know that I don’t accept many products for review because I like to speak my mind, but I haven’t been this excited about a product since the Clarisonic. And you know how I feel about my Clarisonic. That’s why I asked Lo & Sons to help me spread the word about these bags with a giveaway AND a discount.
First off, the discount. The company makes a wide array of bags. Their strictly laptop totes The Savoy (13″) and The Brookline (15″) run $175 and $195 respectively. The O.G. and O.M.G. all-purpose bags run $295 and $275. And their Travel Tote, a vertical laptop bag, costs $260. They also have an laptop/overnight bag for gentlemen called The Cambridge that costs $175. If you want to purchase any of these bags, the company has given me a 25%-off discount code for your use. Just use the code CAPHILLSTYLE at checkout to receive the savings (the code will be valid for all of July).
Secondly, Lo & Sons is giving away a bag to one lucky CHS reader. The winner can choose ANY bag in ANY color from the Lo & Sons shop. That’s right, any bag. And since they have a bag for men, my giveaways are finally equal opportunity!
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment detailing which bag you would want and in which color. And don’t forget to sign in with your e-mail address so we can track you down if you win. The winner will be announced next Thursday.
Lo & Sons makes a stylish, structured bag for the busy working woman, the frequent traveler or the student. I cannot recommend this product highly enough. I know I’ll be packing mine with me on all of my work trips from now on, and I think I know what several of the women in my life are getting for Christmas because I need less Longchamp in my life and more structure.
I received no monetary compensation for this review. I did receive a free bag to try, and I loved it. And if you’ve been reading CHS for awhile, you know that all opinions are my own…and I am very opinionated.