I use this bag as a brief case and I love the color. It is a great statement piece for entering a meeting. It also stays put on my shoulder and is well balanced when sitting on the floor. The inside is roomy with three pockets (one with a zipper), making smaller items easy to find. I am happy I splurged on this bag.
July 31, 2014
Strong, all purpose brief-tote
Love, love, love this bag!
I noticed many ads and store displays for designer totes, but they were all too busy, with magnets, little metal do-dads, fake locks, and the designer's initials all over them - not for me.
So, one day, I searched Levenger's instead, and found the elegantly simple Fortunata Tote. I ordered it in "plum", a subdued purple gray that can go anywhere and still look businesslike.
I am very pleased with the result. The bag is roomy, can accommodate two Avery loose-leaf notebooks, a newspaper or magazine, even a water bottle, and still look compact. The straps fit very comfortably over the shoulder, so the bag is easy to carry. This bag is sturdy, functional, and still looks good after a number of trips.
I added a small "wristlet" wallet by Mundi in a matching purple color, attached to the tote straps via a black carabiner, in case I need to secure small items, such as credit cards or bills, but have yet to use it, as the top does zip shut.
One reviewer mentioned a key fob on an older version.
That's a great idea - I would like to see that added back in the future.
March 2, 2015
I was surprised to learn that I can find small items at the bottom much easier than in the smaller bag I was using. I hope the quality, stitching and durability remains with this bag for years to come.
December 27, 2014
After the theft of my wallet and phone out of another handbag, I purchased this Fortunata Tote to use. I needed a bag that was roomy (I use the purse organizer sold separately), stylish yet practical for every day, and had a ZIPPERED top. This bag covers all of my needs, the Grape color is lovely and gets many positive comments, and I like the 'feet' that keep this purse upright on off of floors.
December 18, 2014
Handle fell apart after less than 4 months of use
This is a very stylish bag and it was my go-to work tote, but after less than 4 months of use the handles have started to detach from the bag (the stitching is unraveling). I'm very disappointed in the quality of construction...particularly since this is my "look-good" bag rather than my "I need to haul everything but doesn't matter how it looks" tote and I purposely haven't loaded it down with heavy items.
October 15, 2014
not quite sure
Just received. And it is beautiful. But there is no center pocket, so when I put my laptop in does not stay upright. It falls to the side. The center divider used to separate my bag and keep everything organized.
So I am on the fence, trying to decide whether to keep or return...
August 23, 2014
I got this tote in purple. Great color. Dark enough for work, yet not black. Roomy enough for my collapsible cane, I-pad, 2 cell phones, wallet, cosmetic case and even sometimes my lunch. Had tired of always carrying 2 bags, now everything fits into one neat tote. And no magnets to mess up my transit card.
July 3, 2014
Excellent Product, Red it too red
I first ordered and received the red version, but it was too red, almost orangish. I returned for the black version and I am in love with it. This is a step down in size for me, and I love that it does not weigh a ton or is so large it bumps into people in close quarters. I find it bid enough to care my ipad, iphone and laptop plus several large files (legal or letter). The leather is soft and the supports itself well. If I had to make a recommendation it would be to make the lining more colorful so you can find items easier and it does not become the black hole, but I have that complaint about all purses and bags. I am so enjoying using this wonderful business tool.
January 11, 2014
Finally bought it - so glad I did!
I have lusted over this tote for awhile. I finally bought it for myself and am very pleased with it. The tote is the perfect size for my daily work needs - carrying my iPad and tablet back and forth to the office - and has simple but well placed areas for folders, pens, etc. I think it will also be great for plane travels. As with my other Levenger products, this tote is extremely well constructed and the leather is beautiful. I expect it will age well. So happy I chose to spoil myself a little!
December 29, 2013
Love this bag!!!
I've been looking at this bag for months, and finally decided to buy it with the 25% off sale. The red is beautiful; it is a bright tomato red. The leather is quite soft and luxurious. Looks to be quite durable. My 15" MacBook Pro and letter sized Circa notebook fit. However, the bag is not padded well for a laptop. There are two interior pockets, both cell phone sized, and a zippered pocket. On the exterior, both sides have pockets. The exterior pockets have no magnetic or other closers, but this is not an important feature for me. I am using the bag as a purse, and to carry my Circa notebooks to meetings.
The straps are long enough to stay on my shoulder when I'm wearing a coat. They are completely flat, not rolled, so the bag is comfortable on my shoulder.
I am delighted with this purchase!!!
December 28, 2013