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.
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.
|What, you don't carry a Harry Potter coloring book, crayons, colored pencils and an NFL game ticket around? Weirdo|
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 here, here or here. Other beloved tote options include the Longchamp bag (buy here, reviewed here) and the Madewell transport tote (buy here, reviewed here)