Levenger Staff Bag
it forms to the curve of my hip, which is nice for public transportation where space is limited. I received this bag and then went on a two week European trip. By the time I returned home, my leather wallet and leather iPad case, as well as other lighter-colored items, were all stained with dark smudges from the interior of the bag. I also noticed that my fingernails and finger pads were a tainted dark color from digging around in the bag. About halfway through my trip, I noticed that the shoulder strap was coming undone from the fastener, meaning that at any moment, the whole bag could have fallen off my shoulder. The stitching was unraveling. I took it to a shoe repairman and had them add metal rivets to hold it tight. Then, on the trip back to the states, I noticed that the zipper for the interior pocket had fallen off and was now missing. I am terribly disappointed in the quality of this bag, and I really wish they would improve the quality because it it otherwise a wonderful bag. I am returning it, but wishing very much that I didn't have to. Luckily, customer service has been easy to deal with as far as returning the bag, but they don't seem to address the quality issues, as the issues I've had seem to be had by other users as well. As it is now, I would not purchase this bag again, or recommend it to anyone. Also, as a side note, I paid the extra $6 to have my initials monogramed on the black leather patch, which they did, but it was very small and wasn't centered and looked kind of silly.
November 30, 2013
I've been waiting for a bag like this...
I used to use Marimekko canvas bags, but they stopped making them years ago. I've hunted and hunted, looking for a comparable product. The best thing about this Levenger bag is that it is actually MUCH better than the bag I was looking for! It's classy looking, lightweight. It has enough pockets to make it useful...but not so many that it's confusing. It holds wallet, cell, tablet, papers, and a book. Honestly? It's perfect!
May 18, 2013
A Poem in Review
This bag is quite lovely to behold;
The style it never will grow old.
It carries my books,
And has lots of nooks,
In short, you can count me as sold.
April 14, 2013
"LOVE" my new bag!!!!
I squealed with excitement when my bag arrived!!! I was in search for a great cross body bag, and have I found the perfect one!! I'm tall so to find one that hangs properly at the hip is important to me. Also, it's soft so it conforms to the hip, feels comfortable, no scratch zippers, easy pockets, fun closure, love the charcoal color and texture of the fabric, I love it all! The best part is, I wear it as my everyday bag so if I'm out shopping, I have hands free! Lots of space for my journal, a water bottle, etc. if necessary. I have never been disappointed with a Levenger product! You guys are awesome!!!
January 15, 2013
Last year I was unhappy with the Bloomsbury Bookbag, it doesn't have a strap. But this year I got it right! This bag is roomy, comfortable to carry, and a good weight. The only complaint I have is that the zipper is a little stiff, but otherwise I'm happy.
December 30, 2012
Mourning this bag
I love this bag so much, I carry it everywhere, but only about a month after I got it, the attachment of the strap to the bag itself began to fray (and I wasn't even carrying anything heavy!), and now it's just getting worse with a giant hole there! I am really in mourning because I love this bag, it's the perfect size for a student hoping to carry a laptop and a couple other things, and has great pockets for water bottles and gadgets, but it's become unusable. If only the strap connection were more sturdy :-(.
August 14, 2012
Not as good as I thought
In the beginning I had some problems with the qipper and mentioned that on a review. Now the stitching is coming apart and I have only had this bag since the end of March (3 months). Very disappointing.
June 22, 2012
Love the look
Wonderful bag with a few shortcomings: overall, the bag, or at least the flap needs to be a little less pliable and more like a waxed linen; the zipper closure when not in use, folds inside the bag very nicely, but the lip of it covers the opening of the inside zip pocket making it a nuisance to get to (maybe move the zip on this pocket down a little more); lastly, the leather tab closure is not the greatest. Despite all this kvetching, I love the bag, it's color, and have gotten many compliments. Also, it's light as a feather when empty - I hate it when you start off with a bag that weighs a ton because I always carry a load of stuff and by the time I finish packing up, it's a workout.
April 6, 2012
This is a good bag. The construction is tight and the bag is very attractive. The flap could hang slightly lower over the pockets on front and an interior full-bag separater would be helpful. This is so because the bag is soft-sided. The exterior pockets are very useful. It would not hurt to add either an interior or exterior phone pocket, but it is not imperative. The strap is wide enough to be comfortable and long enough to be used cross-body. This is especially important for those of us who use public transportation. The bag adds no bulk or weight to your load, which I find highly desirable.
March 24, 2012
The black dye bleeds
I love the weight, style and function of this bag, but the black dye of the material rubs off on contents of the blag blackening leather goods, glasses cases, etc. Line the bag or pre-treat the fabric!
March 12, 2012