Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dagne Dover Tote Review

As a committed lover of all tote bags, my collection is far larger than reason would require.  I have, as far as I know, never turned down the opportunity to buy a new tote bag, and in fact, frequently make them up.  I think it has something to do with my pathological need to always be prepared, for everything from a hangry moment to a life-or-death injury.  It's a thing for me. Until now, my tote bags have been black holes, containing every item I can jam in there with as much organization as possible, which is typically not much.  And then I found Dagne Dover.  Good lord, I love this tote bag.  It is 100% ridiculous for me to spend 200 dollars on a tote bag - I know this, I accept this, but I am so, so glad I did.

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Some specifics of my bag - I got the 15 inch laptop tote in Bleecker Blush.  I love the color - it's definitely not blush, more of a very dusty lilac. Not quite grey, not quite purple.  It's a gorgeous neutral that's a bit more unexpected. The quality is stunning - super sturdy, the leather is amazing, all the hardware is brushed gold/bronze.

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Why I Love It

Functional Organization //  As I mentioned in my Lo and Sons Pearl review, I love pockets that actually hold specific things.  The Dagne Dover has 3 pen/lipstick holders, a little pocket that perfectly fits my wallet with an additional outside pocket for a single card (usually my work credit card or a hotel key), a phone pocket right under my armpit (easiest access), a padded and closeable laptop sleeve with attached ipad sleeve, plus one more big pocket that I keep my Harry Potter coloring book in (ADULTING). Also THERE IS A WATER BOTTLE HOLDER.  I love it so much, and it's insulated, so it keeps condensation off everything else (works great for umbrellas too).  And finally, there's a key lanyard. SO FUNCTIONAL. SO ORGANIZED.

Thoughtful Materials // The bag is made out of coated canvas, so scratching or marking it are definitely less of a concern, and the whole thing is basically wipeable.  I appreciate that the entire bag is like this, not just the outside.  I am sure there will be a day when maple syrup or Karo or liquified lollipops or something else horrifying spills everywhere, and it'll be so easy to clean once I calm down.

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What, you don't carry a Harry Potter coloring book, crayons, colored pencils and an NFL game ticket around? Weirdo

Why I Don't 

It's Giant //  Like, enormous.  It fits my laptop with about 3 extra inches on the ends. The size means it's heavy, which would be a bigger deal if I was commuting more than an 8 minutes walk.  I carried it with me on this business trip, packed to the gills with who-knows-what.  It got uncomfortable by the end, admittedly.  Also, if you don't like to carry around enough stuff to live out a zombie apocalypse, this is not the bag for you. And we probably can't be friends.

Handles Aren't Perfect //  I wish that the handles were about 3 inches longer and a little thinner.  When packed fully (not distended, just full), I can't quite keep both handles on my shoulder without holding them.  And the bag sits right under my arm no matter what, while I'd prefer to stick it behind my shoulder occasionally.  

Overall, I love this bag. Please don't pay full price - there are periodic sales, and the lowest I've seen is 25% off.  They also have a bunch of different bags and colors - buy them herehere or here.  Other beloved tote options include the Longchamp bag (buy here, reviewed here) and the Madewell transport tote (buy here, reviewed here)

7 comments:

  1. Sorry we can no longer be friends. Also, sorry for the mothering mantra "better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it". Apparently you took me seriously and have been scarred for life!

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    1. I'm not scarred, though my spinal column might be slightly out of alignment...

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  2. Love this review! I got a seasonal color for 45% off (powder pink) just a few days ago. They still have some on sale, but as of now, only 1 15inch, 1 12inch, and quite a few mini totes (those fit ipads) left. They'll only be on sale until they're gone.

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  3. Based on your review above I decided to order the mini tote. The mini tote is the perfect size. It is large enough to carry the items I need everyday, but not weigh so much that it is uncomfortable throughout my 7am to 8pm days.
    I am an Attorney in private practice and a mother of 3 young boys. My life is hectic and unpredictable on a daily basis. It is amazing to have my tote and remain organized throughout the day.
    I started with the off-white (forgot the color's name) mini tote and love it so much I ordered three different colors. I continuously get compliments by different women. I have been informed by multiple individuals that they are planning or have already order their own Dagne Dover tote, after never having seen a single one in Fresno, CA. I think I have started a new trend for Fresno! But I am not sure I can take credit, because the bag does sell itself, it just needed to be seen and I am glad I could help.
    Buy this bag if you love being organized, if you love getting random compliments, and if you love having a beautiful purse. M. Tostenrude Fresno, CA.

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  4. My only gripe on that is I keep getting checkers who can't figure out to put the cold stuff in the insulated bags when it's 90 degrees out Large Tote Bags

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  5. I bought the 15 tote because I wanted a tote that could fit my water bottle, lunch, and bulky cosmetic organizer that allows me to look cute in under 10 minutes in my car, often at red lights. I bought the brand because it was the only nice purse with a water bottle holder. I also bought the biggest one because it will be great for traveling and can easily fit shoes. I don't particularly like big purses but this is what I needed. I absolutely agree with this review, the only bad thing is the handles although they're not terrible. The quality of this fabric purse is on point, even my hard to please Italian fashion loving husband said it looked great. It kind of looks like leather. I got the dark grey because it could go with blue and black and everything else and its gorgeous. Looked like blue with my navy shirt. No idea how department stores haven't picked this brand up yet. I would buy a second one when I recover from this one lol, but it would be smaller, maybe the cork.

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  6. I bought the 15 tote because I wanted a tote that could fit my water bottle, lunch, and bulky cosmetic organizer that allows me to look cute in under 10 minutes in my car, often at red lights. I bought the brand because it was the only nice purse with a water bottle holder. I also bought the biggest one because it will be great for traveling and can easily fit shoes. I don't particularly like big purses but this is what I needed. I absolutely agree with this review, the only bad thing is the handles although they're not terrible. The quality of this fabric purse is on point, even my hard to please Italian fashion loving husband said it looked great. It kind of looks like leather. I got the dark grey because it could go with blue and black and everything else and its gorgeous. Looked like blue with my navy shirt. No idea how department stores haven't picked this brand up yet. I would buy a second one when I recover from this one lol, but it would be smaller, maybe the cork.

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