Have you seen Purse Blog and Purse Forum? It’s a whole site and H-U-G-E discussion board on handbags. Recently one of their popular users, SailNep5, posted a review on her Alesya Bag. I just loved seeing how she used her bag and I thought you would too.
The following is her entire review with no edits from me. Enjoy!
Here are some modeling pics of it full with all my stuff (for reference, I am 5’4″, 115 lbs):
And here are some more pics….first is the front section, which consists of a zippered front section that is canvas lined with three pockets. I used one of the pockets for my personal toiletries, the second for my lipsticks, and the third for my pen. In this section I house my chargers (laptop charger, iPhone, and Blackberry charger) as well as my portable mouse. There is room to stuff more things, but it would certainly add to the bulk of the bag (although the pleats in front help hide it).
Unzip the main front section to reveal the laptop holder. It’s nicely padded and holds my 12.5″ laptop with room to spare. There is certainly enough room to pack in a standard size 3-ring binder or extra notebooks with the laptop.
The top part is super shallow (hits the top of the laptop) but is deep enough to hold my iPhone, Blackberry, and car keys.
The back pocket is surprisingly spacious and this is where I hold my thick clutch wallet (I have one of those huge Hobo International wallets), Moleskin, and other random stuff. I was pretty sure my things wouldn’t fit but the bag stretches out nicely to accommodate.
I don’t have a 3-ring binder, but I did fit a ringed cookbook back there just to test. It fit snugly with all my other stuff. A regular sized binder won’t fit in this pocket, but an iPad or other tablet should do just fine.
Lastly some still shots of both sides stuffed to gills with my belongings, but with more room to spare. Despite all this it does not weigh down on my shoulder (although ask me again after a work trip!). The handle is lightly padded.
Okay, so I just got back from carrying the bag as my sole laptop/purse bag for the past week as well as a work trip. The verdict is…it’s a keeper!!
I love how organized it keeps me (I’ve always fumbled around my purses for keys and phones, and in this bag it’s always right on top), and continue to be impressed with how much it holds. I try to pack light on work trips, bringing my laptop bag and clothing bag, and packing a foldable Le Pliage as my purse.
This worked great because I got to my hotel room, took out all my work accessories and laptop, then hit the road with it being my purse. I got compliments from people who had no idea it was a laptop bag. Huge score!!
Alesya – you’re welcome to share. Thanks for creating such a useful product, and one I’ve been struggling to find for a while…..I’m looking forward to you bringing back some of the old (or creating some new) vibrant colors!