Finding a great work bag is a challenge. I adore my Lo & Sons OMG, but when I take it to court, I always feel underdressed. I wanted something in leather, but the Lodis Audrey Brera bag, while great, is a little too bulky. I thought about a Dagne Dover Charlie tote, but the fear that something might slip out the open top was too great.
Then, last month, I spotted the most amazing Dagne Dover laptop bag on Hitha’s blog, and was like, “I need this. I need this, right now. Where is my wallet?”
The Dagne Dover Simone Bag ($395) is the best leather laptop bag I’ve come across. It’s not to big, not too bulky, and has sleek messenger style that keeps it from being to staid.
As you can see, I have it in the grey and rose gold, which is selling out fast. But if I had too pick again, I would get the black leather with black hardware. Ya know, all black everything. Let’s have a look inside.
The inside has a generous number of pockets given that this is usually where bag makers cut corners. There’s a laptop compartment, a center compartment, and a small compartment with pen, cell phone, and change holders. All Dagne Dover bags also come with a leather leash for your keys so you never lose them in your bag. Handy.
I carry all of these essentials, plus a notebook, water bottle and datebook in my bag. It will also hold letter-size folders. I still haven’t found a solution for legal-size folders besides bringing an extra tote bag, but I will, oh, I will.
Final Verdict: I really adore this bag. It holds just enough to be practical without weighing you down. I still use my Lo & Sons OMG when I travel, because it holds more and I’m not as concerned about damaging it, but I’ve been carrying this bag for a few weeks now, and it’s a winner.
Disclosure: I purchased this bag with my own money, and this post is not sponsored in any way. I’m disclosing because, years ago, Dagne Dover was nice enough to give me one of their canvas laptop tote bags to review. The guidelines are a bit fuzzy, but since I had a past relationship with the brand, better to be safe than sorry.