Describe your perfect work bag!

jade

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So I have pretty much finished getting all of the possible bags I want/need. But I am still looking for that perfect work bag. I think I have finally figured out exactly what I need to carry, and the key features.

Here is my list...how about you:
1. removable crossbody strap, either thick or padded or both
2. room for a laptop (15" macbook sized), and it's power adapter, and an external mouse
3. space for an ipad or e-reader
4. space for a portfolio
5. space for a few folders or magazines
6. space for my big wallet
7. space for a scarf
8. space for an umbrella
8. space for a water bottle
9. space for a reusable bag
10. space for my purse dailies: lotion, lip gloss, etc.
11. external pocket big enough for a cell phone, and small wristlet
12. And a little room to spare for any of the random stuff I may pick up during the day
13. Neutral
14. Visual interest/details

I know that list looks absolutely ridiculous. But the reason my other bags fail is because I don't have room for some key item. Or I have to carry an extra bag to make it work.

I do have some close call bags....but none are quite perfect for one reason or another.
 

Elliespurse

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I think you need a bag with low empty weight, perhaps a MZ Wallace?

My x-large PS1 is 3.3lbs empty and it sometimes gets heavy with laptop etc..
 

morejunkny

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I agree with the MZ Wallace suggestion if you are ok with nylon-the Kate has nearly everything you list!
 

Morisa

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I agree with the MZ Wallace suggestion if you are ok with nylon-the Kate has nearly everything you list!
Agreed. Both the kate and the belle will fit a 15" macbook pro laptop, and they come with the little detachable market purse that you could use as a wristlet if you wanted.
 

roanth

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RM MAB tote or perfection tote?

My perfect work bag is my PS1 small keepall. Fits my MacBook Air perfectly & has shoulder straps.
 

LuvAllBags

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Agree with the MZW suggestions. The Kate and Belle would both meet your needs. They are indestructible, have visual interest, and are lightweight.

I get compliments on and questions about mine every time I carry them.
 

foxgal

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I see you include the Krakoff Atlantique in your wishlist...it's a great bag and would fit the bill except it doesn't have a crossbody strap. Othewise I think I Proenza Schouler PS1 or a large Givenchy Pandora would fit the bill but neither are as "classic" looking as the Krakoff...they're both a bit younger funkier looking. Good luck on your search! I know how hard it is to find the exact one you want!
 

NamkhaDrolma

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Do you know if the 15" macbook fit in the large side pockets? Looks like it might be a close call based on the dimensions of the bag.
I haven't tried it but my best guess is that it would work. The MacBook is 14.35" wide so it would be snug but should fit. The zippers go down a ways on each side so it should go in easily.
 

Morisa

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Another option, in terms of capacity, might be the Longchamp Le Cuir Large Tote -- the dimensions are approximately 13"H x 16"W x 7"D, and it comes in a bunch of different colors.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Longc...ements%3D&eItemId=prod142120271&cmCat=product
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Longc...ements%3D&eItemId=prod148200055&cmCat=product

It will not have the organization of the MZW bags though, but it is a better choice if you prefer your options to be hand carry or crossbody, as opposed to over-the-shoulder or crossbody. It's also leather as opposed to nylon, if you have a preference between the two.
 

jade

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I am looking for a leather bag for sure. I currently have a Coach Kristen N/S Tote that almost fits the bill. It looks great, but the crossbody strap is a little narrow, so it isn't ideal for when I have my 13" macbook in there. My perfect bag makes it easy to walk a mile carrying al my crap without killing my shoulder. The alternat strap is very comfy but a tiny bit short for when I am wearing a jacket.

Who knows, maybe Reed Krakoff will add a crossbody to the atlantique. I tend to gravitate to structured and slightly preppy bags.

I like the PS1 style, but I worry it won't project the right amount of polish I am looking for. I need and everyday work bag + a client meeting appropriate one too. And one that is still great when I don't have my laptop. (They Alesya Bag is a killer laptop bag, I feel like James Bond when I pull my laptop out! And it fits my huge Dell work laptop)
 

roanth

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Certainly the PS satchel is not work appropriate but the keepall is great. Very similar to Bayswater.
 

Jenn25

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Long strap, slouchy hobo, leather, that about 15"X12", with a decent strap drop 10" or more. I like magnetic closure best over all.

Oh... and inside pockets... lots of inside pockets. :smile: