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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2011
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I needed a carrying bag for work and travel that would allow me to carry both my netbook, accessories, and work papers, notebooks, etc. I did not want a tacky vinyl or polyester bag that looked like a laptop case. The problem is that the really nice, leather messenger bags are in the $150-$250 range and I just didn't want to spend that much. This Kenneth Cole case turned out to be the best compromise. It has a classy, simple style accented by the brushed silver buckle. It is perfect for carrying a 10" netbook, which I have within it's own sleeve in the separate compartment in this messenger bag. There is still plenty of room (probably another 4-5 inches in width) for papers, notebooks, a portfolio, or whatever. That being said, this bag is probably not suitable for a student who needs to carry three thick hardcover textbooks and notebooks -- a backpack or bigger bag would be needed. For my purposes, though, this is perfect. There are plenty of handy extras, too: a zip pocket on the outside (under the flap), a zip pocket inside the bag, and a pouch on the back (outside) of the bag. Also has pen holders and other helpful features inside. The only negative about this bag is that it lacks a handle. Since it is a messenger bag with a flap, the only way to have a handle is to have a cutaway on the top of the flap so the handle can go through it...I had a bag like that previously...it didn't look as good, but the handle was functional simply for grabbing the bag from the floor. I haven't found this to be a deal-breaker, as I just pick up the bag using the shoulder strap. Still, some might prefer a case with a handle. Also, while the entire bag is leather, the shoulder strap is nylon except for the shoulder cushion. I think that a full leather shoulder strap would have looked better, though I'm sure it would have increased the cost. Overall, for the $75-$90 price point, this is one of the best messenger bags you can find...trust me, I looked at dozens of them.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2011
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
So, I tested out several of the Kenneth Cole Reaction messenger bags for carrying my laptop (a 15.6" 16x9 Lenovo W520) to work and none of them seemed to fit my laptop... They were all just barely not long enough (or way too snug to carry anything else, like my charger, with the laptop). Finally, I found this bag. Even without expanding the bag, my laptop fits perfectly in the laptop pocket (thus leaving it more protected) along with my work binder (1") and charger, along with a few accessories (pens, wireless mouse, etc). I love this bag. It looks great. The buckle actually looks pretty good and although at first I was more interested in the bags that have the magnetic closures, this one actually ends up working better, looking better, and it's just as easy to open. The leather is well-made and the bag feels classy and professional.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2010
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I was looking for a 'grown-up' messenger bag for interviews as well as my job and this bag doesn't disappoint. It seems extremely well made, has great stitching and a great style. It fits my 15" MacBook Pro perfectly in the separated, velcro'd pouch and has a lot of room in the other section for accessories and papers. I will have to see how it holds up to scarring and such, but initial impressions are very good.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2012
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I bought this product about 8 months ago (and have used it actively for about 4 of those months). It's a great, functional bag. It fits my 15.4" laptop well, plus some papers, water bottle, and a few other items. It has two zippered pouches and one open pouch on the back that I us to hold my passport, documents, etc. The leather is nice and soft as well, though not the highest quality (though it's decent). Around the corners and along the edge of the flap the black curing (coating?) of the leather is flaking off a bit, revealing a brownish underside, which looks a bit tacky. I bought this bag for $55 on sale on amazon, so I can't complain too much, though I don't think I would buy this bag at any price above $55.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2011
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
So I ordered the bag at the beginning of the week, and after 4 days of use I feel like I'm ready to write my review on it.

Pros:
-The bag looks very nice, and I've gotten many comments on it in the few days that I've been using it. (Most of them saying I look more like a graduate student!)
-The pockets are well placed, and it holds everything I need for classes, but not much more. That being said, I only carry around an 11" laptop, not a 17 monster.
-It has held up physically without any problems, and no part of it seems like it is liable to wear and/or break over time.

Cons:
-The portion where the strap meets the bag on the left side (when looking towards the side that has the buckle, you can see it in the main image of the product) seems to not want to stay straight. It's not a huge problem, but it bothers me slightly when the loop that connects the strap to the bag turns vertical and scrunches the strap material together. I cannot find a way to prevent this from happening.
-After putting many things into the bag, it can become uncomfortable. The strap has a cushioned portion at the top (which isn't shown in the pictures), which could be a little bigger. This is primarily the reason I don't carry too much in it.
-The expansion zipper opens the bag up only slightly, and then makes it look awkward. However, I think it's nice to be able to, if I ever need to fit in "one more book".

Overall, I'm very happy with the bag, and I think it will make a great replacement for my backpack.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2014
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I liked the Kenneth Cole Messenger Bag when I first got it. It's sturdy and is fairly stylish, although the cloth handle does give it kind of a cheap look. However, the Clasp broke after about a month and now it doesn't stay closed. I bought a knock-off messenger bag for far less several years ago which still works fine. Considering the price for the bag and how easily it started to break, it is not worth it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I really like the bag, but I definitely expected the leather to be softer. I paid for an all-leather bag because I wanted the all-leather feel, but it feels like plastic. Perhaps once some of the finish wears off and I break it in, it'll get softer. But overall, for the cost and quality, the bag looks great out of the box. It fits a 15.6" laptop, but just barely. I would definitely recommend this bag.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2014
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It's fairly solid, and looks nice, but has a few flaws. Within the first 2 months or so of daily use, a lot of threads started coming off areas that are straight cut (around zippers and such). Also, the "leather" on the shoulder pad has cracked in 3 places, and I've only had it about 4 or 5 months. All in all, not that bad, but it's not flawless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2013
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I purchased this for my husband specifically for business trips so that he could keep paperwork and other items accessible when flying. The bag not only is functional, but it looks great and stylish. This is a very roomy bag and it expands to accommodate lots of items. There are different pockets, all easily accessible and the designated smaller pockets inside come in handy for holding phones, pens, keys, and smaller items that can fall to the bottom of a bag. The strap is cushioned and comfortable and the buckle holding the flap in place is stylish and easy to open when you're juggling other baggage or trying to open the bag one handed. My only complaint about the bag is that it does not have a handle sewn on top so that the bag can be carried like a briefcase, but for the price, this is a very minor complaint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2013
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
This is a great bag for carrying a laptop and a few files. The only thing I regret to considering further is the lack of a top handle. The top handle is nice to have for picking the bag up when getting out of a car. Oh well. I'm not going to switch. I like the bag too much to change it.
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