As you know, I don’t often work with retailers or designers. The reasons are simple: If I love a product, I’ll buy it, kick the tires, and write an honest review. Most brands aren’t interested in honesty. Most want flattering language, hashtags, and tweets filled with concocted buzzwords. But sometimes, a retailer comes along who isn’t afraid of honesty–Lo & Sons, MMLaFleur, etc.. So let’s talk about the latest brand with enough faith in their product to let me inspect it.
Dagne Dover makes a line of simple, organized handbags that let working women carry our every day essentials in style. They give you the look of a sophisticated tote with the functionality of a laptop bag.
Size. The bag’s dimensions are 16 x 7 x 12. This photo gives you a better grasp of size.
The bag weighs a little under 3.5lbs. It’s heavier than a Lo & Sons bag, but it’s not as heavy as a leather bag would be. When filled, it was comfortable to carry for an entire day.
As for the handles, they give you an 8.5″ drop. It’s more than enough to sling the bag over your shoulder.
Storage. The large tote gives you room for a laptop, tablet, phone, wallet, water bottle, notebook, pens, and other essentials. The laptop sleeve holds a 15″ notebook computer. And the key strap keeps your keys from disappearing into the bottom of your bag. The bag provides enough pockets, but not too many.
Material. The bag is made of coated canvas with leather handles. I like the canvas because it looks chic-er than nylon, but it’s not so precious that you feel the need to baby it. It also makes cleaning up a cinch; I spilled an iced tea in mine and just wiped it right up.
The bag is also really sturdy. The handles feel securely attached, and the liner can take a beating. I look forward to having a work option that I can carry without worry that I will ruin it. It’s a nice bridge between my every day Lo & Sons laptop bag and my Rebecca Minkoff leather Knocked Up.
Design. The bag comes in black, pale beige, and cobalt blue. The seams and stitching are clean, and the hardware is good quality. The bag has a very sleek look to it, and it’s perfect for a professional setting.
Price. At $265, the bag is not cheap. But you can see the workmanship and feel the quality of the materials. Also, since you can replace your regular purse and your laptop bag, it really is two bags in one.
Bottom Line. I like the Dagne Dover tote bag a lot. It’s functional and stylish. And I appreciate any manufacturer who knows enough about what busy women need to give you storage in a chic package.
Disclaimer: I received a tote from Dagne Dover to review, but I would happily spend my own money on one. All thoughts and opinions are my own.