“ Brand: Domo / Product Type: Notebook carrying case „
This work bag is designed to be big and secure enough to carry a full sized laptop plus everyday work items whilst keeping to the size and look of a large handbag. In my opinion it serves both purposes brilliantly, and it's been my work bag for around 3 years.
The bag is made from high quality leather, lovely and supple, with leather carry handles and shoulder strap. The supple nature of the leather doesn't go as far as being 'soft' - the bag keeps its shape even when there's no laptop in it or indeed when it's empty. The overall look is finished off with leather tabs to pull all the zips. My bag is black, with contrasting antique brass buckle and clips/hoops for the shoulder strap plus 4 metal studs underneath to minimise wear when the bag is put down.
The shoulder strap extends to a length of 130cm, although I have it much shorter, it's easy to adjust, and the adjuster stays firmly put at your selected length. Strap and handles are all very securely stitched to the bag, there's no indication of these starting to fail at all, and I do carry quite a bit of weight in the bag from time to time.
With high quality materials, this bag does look sophisticated and has a pricetag to match, retailing at around £40, although I think that represents good value for a real leather bag of this size. Its dimensions are 40 x 29 x 9cm and its stated weight is 1.1kg, although to me, when empty it doesn't feel at all heavy.
Finding (or losing) Your way round...
The bag opens lovely and wide, with the main zips running almost all the way to the bottom of the bag. The extent of opening is restricted by material inside the zips, so that there is no danger of things accidentally falling out, but the fabric is 12cm wide which is more than enough to open the bag generously and it's designed to fold inwards when closing back up, and always stay well clear of the zips.
The bag has numerous compartments and pockets inside, as well as pen and business card slots and a mobile phone pouch. The main compartment is divided into three full-sized sections - one side for a laptop (with padded divider separating it from the main compartment and velcro strap to hold it tight), one side is a flat document pocket (full length of the bag) with two hand-sized pockets stitched to the front of it, and then a generous central compartment. The overall width inside the main compartment of the bag is around 8cm so even with a laptop in place there is still room for purse, lunch, umbrella, lunchtime reading etc, although only if carefully arranged!
There are full-length zipped pockets on the front and back - the back one is the full depth of the bag and the one on the front is about two-thirds. Inside those are even more small pockets. On the front of the bag is a final pocket held closed by a button magnet hidden behind the buckle design.
That's a LOT of pockets! In fact, this bag has 12 pockets or compartments of various sizes - and that's a lot of pockets to lose things in. With the best will in the world I'm not organised or regulated enough to "always" pop my memory sticks in pocket "a" and receipts in pocket "b" etc - in that respect this bag has occasionally frustrated me hugely over the years with things being lost inside the labyrinth!
After around 3 years of daily use, I'm soon going to be looking to replace my bag. The leather zip-pulls to the main compartment have broken off, and some of the corners of the bag are starting to look worn. It's not looking tatty, the quality of the materials make sure of that, but close-up, it is definitely looking tired. Is 3 years a reasonable lifespan? That would be open to debate I guess, but considering it has quite literally had everyday use, I don't feel like this bag has failed too soon.