I have a lot of criteria too and because of this I actually resorted to, after breaking the straps on one bag, tying the straps together just so I could keep using it.
This is not classy or professional.
I don't think what I want is really that outrageous but apparently laptop bag companies do not agree.
Here is what I was looking for:
- Able to hold my 15" laptop
- Room to hold all the cords, portable disc drive and files I bring home with me every night
- Sturdy straps that are long enough to swing over my shoulder and wide enough so that I don't cut off circulation in my arm in the process
- Be cute
- Not be too expensive (ideally $100 or way under)
I have had cloth bags and vinyl, so the material was less of an issue to me than the style but I did want to avoid leather.
I was reading VegNews a few months back and saw this really cute bag highlighted but at the time I wasn't sure of the material or the size (and my current bag and not fallen completely into shreds yet) so I waited. But I was at BlogWorld this past week and saw a girls carrying the exact bag I was looking at, the Acme Made Kate style. She very graciously let me check it out and I decided then and there to order one from the site.
Even better, when I went to place the order, the bag was 35% off! Just use code AMSIG9 at checkout.
This bag meets all of my criteria above, is made of a great faux animal leather material so it seems very durable and it's super cute!
The inside is roomy with a cushioned laptop sleeve and lots of pouches for pens and space for papers and files. The two zippered outside pockets are perfect for stowing those things you need to grab fast like cellphones, business cards and pens.
It even comes with this cute matching pouch to tuck in side (or use as a clutch).
I just got this tonight but I'm already excited to take it to work tomorrow. It fits on my shoulder great and I was able to comfortably fit in all the crap I carry around. I ordered the white with orange stitching but it also comes in the black with purple.
This is the most perfect case I've seen in a long while but check out their other styles too. If they are made as well as this one, you will be in good shape.