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non-posh work bag for A4 papers

(10 Posts)
CrappyToy Thu 20-Nov-14 10:45:56

Anyone seen anything nice?

I need to carry around papers and a couple of books but I don't want a full on brief case. Work outfit is kind of smart casual, not formal (visiting people at home).


up to about £70ish
proper fastening, not gaping open.
Soft leather (not stiff) or canvas type.
Slightly bigger than A4 for a couple of pads and books, so I'd say at least 32cm x 23cm.

Any brands I should look at?

Lovage Thu 20-Nov-14 11:05:08

I use a satchel - loads of those around at the moment. Mine is red faux leather and was about £20. If you don't mind faux-leather, you can get polka dots and so on to make it less briefcase-like. Proper leather might be beyond your budget, but you might get lucky.

southeastastra Thu 20-Nov-14 11:07:42

i have a black leather flap over bag from tk maxx to hold folders and files. was about �50 but really good

Laquila Thu 20-Nov-14 11:46:58

I have a lovely big tote bag from Sandwich, which was £49. It's not leather, but it's very convincing faux-leather, and I would challenge anyone to tell just by looking! It's nice and soft too. I think it'd be the ideal size for what you need, and it's nicely casual without looking scruffy. Also, the colour is a sort of cross between grey and blue (I think they call it charcoal), which means it goes well with blue, grey and black.

Laquila Thu 20-Nov-14 11:49:08

It's actually nicer than it looks in that picture!

CrappyToy Thu 20-Nov-14 12:19:57

I quite like the look of a satchel, but I hate fannying around with flaps (oo er) (sorry) grin

What make is yours southeastastra ?

That looks really nice Laquila, what's the top fastening like, is it secure from pick-pockets once on your shoulder?

AnythingNotEverything Thu 20-Nov-14 12:22:11

Tk Maxx had Rowallan leather bags recently. Sort of like a magazine bag but with a zip.

Laquila Thu 20-Nov-14 12:23:39

It has a kind of internal drawstring, which tbh I don't use, but it would definitely make it more secure, and once drawn, you could easily tie the toggles together whilst commuting/walking through crowds to help make it harder to get in to.

NeverFreezeLobsters Fri 21-Nov-14 13:28:39

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Madaboutthrows Fri 21-Nov-14 19:41:26

Longchamp les pilages would fit your criteria.nylon body and leather handles and flap. Zips up

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