Sometimes it’s the little things that make going to work each day a little easier. It’s my daily stop at Dunkin Donuts, my Audible audiobook waiting for me during my commute, and my Portland Leather Tote Bag. The perfect work bag combines style, comfort, and durability.
Your work tote must be able to handle every situation. You need it to look professional but not drab, hold your laptop and your water bottle, and keep all the other miscellaneous items like keys, pens, books, and anything else that gets thrown in.
After 28 years of teaching, I’ve purchased my fair share of bags. I’ve had backpacks, monogrammed canvas bags, and even designer rolling bags, and all of them let me down. Straps broke, daily wear made them look haggard, and many screamed, “teacher bag.”
The Perfect Tote
This year I found the perfect tote bag I can rely on to get me through the workday and beyond. The “Almost Perfect” Classic Tote from Portland Leather is made with buttery soft leather and still offers structure and secure storage. This work bag is as classic as it gets.
I often go straight from a day full of work to after-school parent meetings, meeting friends for happy hour, or dinner with my husband; this bag can easily transition day to night. It’s also essential for a bag to be pretty stylish and functional. The sturdy English Bridle handles look better with age and soften over time; there is a pocket inside and outside, and the antiqued brass rivets add a touch of sophistication to the tote. It comes in twelve colors and four different sizes.
Don’t let the classic beauty fool you. This bag could handle even the busiest of commutes. It can endure being tossed into the back of your car, tramped on by twenty-second graders, and even a drip or two of coffee. The tote is unlined, featuring the natural suede side of the hide, which, unlike other lined bags, prevents any ripping or discoloration of a lining. Using the soft suede underside of the hide ensures the bag will last for a long time.
Yes, affordable and stylish leather tote bags do exist. Living on a teacher’s salary, I wanted a classic bag that wouldn’t break the bank. The “Almost Perfect” line from Portland Leather was, well, perfect. These “Almost Perfect” items are just as durable and beautiful as the premium products, and the price is just right. The natural marks or imperfections in the leather allow women on a budget to get a tote that’s equal parts stylish and practical.
If you’re in the market for a new tote bag, check this one out. I have no doubt it will improve your daily commute to the office, the gym, and beyond.