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Help me find a new handbag - tote/shoulder bag style

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BlingLoving Thu 17-Oct-19 16:04:15

I really need a new handbag - something smart enough to use for work and large enough to fit, at a push, a large notebook or my small laptop. I need one I can wear over one shoulder comfortably, with large enough straps that it can go over a bulky coat (my current bag is great in summer but the moment I'm wearing extra layers it becomes tricky).

Ideally, I like multiple compartments rather than just a big messy space, BUT... I suspect to get the shoulder strap thing I need more of a tote style. It might be a reason to finally buy all the multiple small inner bags I've been meaning to buy for ages grin.

My budget is maximum £100.

BlingLoving Thu 17-Oct-19 16:07:12

Oh, few more criteria - black, tan, dark brown, grey are all options. Possibly red. I love blue but I wear a lot of black jackets etc in winter and always feel blue bags look weird.

No patent leather. Ideally I prefer a softer look and feel to something that looks very heavily structured.

Goawayquickly Thu 17-Oct-19 17:21:55

I’ve just been idly browsing brand alley, you might find something there. It’s hard finding a long enough strap combined with being sturdy enough to carry a laptop while still being a bit softer. If you don’t mind Radley they have bags with compartments and longer straps.

BubblesBuddy Thu 17-Oct-19 17:56:44

Carrying a lap top and a soft unstructured look are problematic. Ideally you need a compartment for the laptop. I would look for an office type structured bag and that would look much smarter as it would keep its shape.

In general, bags by Massimo Dutti and Russell and Bromley are well made.

BlingLoving Thu 17-Oct-19 18:50:09

Yup - I'm conscious I'm asking for a lot! grin

I don't want a super unstructured - I just hate those handbags that are so firm/structured that they're completely inflexible. will check out all brands recommended. Thank you.

SpeckledyHen Thu 17-Oct-19 20:50:54

Longchamp Le Pliage with an organiser in it ?

BlingLoving Fri 18-Oct-19 12:27:54

I made the mistake of browsing the John Lewis website last night. Found about 6 bags I love. ALL outside my price range..... Sigh.

Powerplant Fri 18-Oct-19 12:44:32

Look at Mia Tui work bags from £55. They are really well made I have a few different bags from them they’re lovely and their customer service is brilliant

Betty777 Fri 18-Oct-19 17:49:36

Madewell medium transport tote? Just over £100 but i very much admired it when I was shopping for the bigger one (i actually have put a piece of memory foam in the bottom of mine to protect my laptop)

www.zalando.co.uk/madewell-medium-transport-tote-tote-bag-m3j51h001-o11.html

ODFOx Fri 18-Oct-19 17:56:11

Radley jacquard in black? 30x35 so ok for small laptop.

Hallin Fri 18-Oct-19 17:56:46

Fossil have a sale on at the moment, their leather bags are excellent quality.

strawberryblondebint Fri 18-Oct-19 18:12:11

This is my bag. Love it to death.

BlingLoving Fri 18-Oct-19 20:57:48

Did Mia tui used to be just Tui? I think that's my current bag. I like them but feel the straps might not be big enough.

Looking at all these....

BlingLoving Fri 18-Oct-19 21:05:33

I like the Fossil bags but think straps too small.

Here are the more expensive ones I am loving:

https://www.johnlewis.com/briggs-riley-rhapsody-essential-tote-travel-bag/plum/p4161122

https://www.johnlewis.com/dkny-bryant-leather-shopper-tote-bag/dune/p4175038

gwilt Fri 18-Oct-19 21:10:54

Have you tried Shoeaholics? Kurt Geiger outlet.

www.shoeaholics.com/bags-accessories/bags/totes?page=1&kgtn=1&kgtn_name=tote-bags&kgtn_parent=bags-andamp%253B-accessories#price/price%3E40.0

JoyceDivision Fri 18-Oct-19 21:14:18

Look at Yoshi bags, Meehan style, 3 main compartments, two button and one zip, really soft leather, straps big enough to go over coat

BlingLoving Fri 18-Oct-19 21:21:18

Ooh, quite like this one from shoeolics https://www.shoeaholics.com/bags-accessories/bags/totes/camilla-slouch-tote-grey-suedette-carvela

Also this one

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