- 20" shoulder drop
- 12.5" high
- 15.5" wide
- Full grain cowhide leather exterior body material with fully lined interior. This leather is a natural material and therefore subject to change from hide to hide and with daily use. The distressed appearance with occasional blemishes and variance in color is normal and does not mean there is any quality issue with the product. Irregularities in the consistency of this leather are inherent of its natural beauty and personality.
- Double gusset, flap over construction with pull through top handle and secure tuck lock closures.
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The Kenneth Cole Reaction Columbian Leather Flapover Computer Case has a classic briefcase style in Columbian leather made modern with a padded laptop sleeve, organizer panel, and pockets. The Porthole design is classic and convenient while roomy compartment and pockets make this bag functional and versatile. This bag has been rated Best of the Best by eBags customers.
- Product Dimensions: 4 x 16 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B004AK9Z2K
- Item model number: 524435
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 3, 2010
- Average Customer Review:
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Full Grain - This comes from the outermost layer of the hide and includes all of the grain (hence the name). Some characteristics include noticeable markings of the animal like scars & wrinkles, a tougher and more durable feeling texture, a tendency to develop a nice patina and age well with time, and a slight water resistance. This is the best leather that money can buy, and this is what this bag is claimed to be!
Top Grain - This is the layer removed from the outermost layer of the hide. The top layer of the leather is sanded and shaved off. Gone are the typically noticeable markings that might have been present in full grain leather. While this leather is still somewhat durable, it no longer contains the strongest fibers, which is why this grade typically does not age as well. This is slightly softer than full grain leather, and it has a much more uniform surface.
Genuine Leather - This is one of the biggest shams in the industry as it fools many consumers into thinking that "genuine" denotes high quality. This is far from the truth. This leather is what is left after the better parts of the hide have been stripped off. All that is left is the weakest corium layer of the skin. This material is imprinted with fake wrinkles and pores to resemble higher quality leather. Genuine leather is generally soft to the touch, highly water absorbent, easily damaged, and it ages horribly.
A quick review: I was very excited at the prospect of finding a supposedly high quality full grain bag that seemed to fit the style that I was looking for. When the day finally came to unbox my soon to be carrier of important business, I was immediately let down by what my hands felt. Why is this so soft? Please don't let it be.. And there it was, staring me right in the face. A big tag: "Genuine Leather." You got me good Kenneth Cole. At least Samsonite's bag (also made with the same cheap leather) didn't make blatantly false claims about their product. I've attached pictures to show to tag, damage upon arrival, and shamefully hasty build.
Pros - Looks good from a distance. Well padded. Many usable pockets.
Cons - Cheap materials (genuine leather, weak alloy for fasteners, weak zippers, frayed threads on stitching). Cheap build (single stitched, no rivets on stress points, folded in or covered up edges to hide the low quality leather.
TL;DR This product is a farce of low quality materials and cheap build. It's disappointing to see so many positive reviews for a knock-off. Please up vote this review to help others who might potentially waste their money.
*Update May, 2015: When I first made this review, I contacted Amazon about the misinformation regarding this product. Seems they haven't changed anything.
Remember when laptops were about two inches thick? Well, this bag has a padded pocket with a velcro-closing strap to hold one of those ThinkPads you've still got, plus it has a zippered pocket to hold a MacBook Air. So when you go through airport security, you can turn this bag into three bins; the people behind you will be amazed. You can keep the two chargers inside, and your iPad and Kindle in the outside pocket along with a hard copy book (just in case).
It will also hold a couple pens, plenty of business cards (unless you're in sales), and usb cables to charge your phones.
The padded strap will keep this bag comfortably on your shoulder, unless you're running through the airport, in which case you might want to put the strap across your chest, messenger bag style.
I was very disappointed that such an expensive bag could fail so fundamentally in such a short period of time. I have contacted Kenneth Cole's repair/warranty email and will update this review.
The Risky Business bag is a really clean looking bag, but has no support in the interior. That meant most of the items inside moved around a lot and it wasn't a very good laptop bag due to the lack of padding on the inside. The structure of the bag was fairly flimsy, so the file folders I used for work got bent up sometimes. The handle on top of that bag wasn't especially usable since there was no structural support for that bag, so grabbing the handle on the run with a full bag sometimes meant things spilling all over the place. The Show Business bag solves the issues of that bag, although looks a little less casual. There are big padded and gusseted compartments on the inside that protect your laptop and papers much better than the Risky Business bag. The clips on the straps also keep the flap secure, which is something the magnets on the Risky Business bag didn't do well. This bag is bigger though, but I think the size increase isn't too big of a jump.
The Rest My Case bag was very professional looking, but I preferred the flap messenger style. The interior of this bag is laid out very similarly, but the flap is nice to have in order to quickly store items without messing with a zipper. There is also a velcro patch that secures the open pocket in the rear, which is nice. Although it would seem like having zippered compartments would be more secure compared to the Show Business bag, I haven't had anything fall out. The flap is also nice for when I don't want to zip close the pockets but still want some type of protection from rain. I will admit that the Rest My Case bag looked more like a laptop bag and much more formal, especially in black, but the Show Business bag bridges the gap between the casual of the Risky Business bag while adding all the strengths of the Rest My Case bag. It looks casual enough in brown leather that I can bring it to the office, but not to the point where it looks like it is just for work, like the Rest My Case bag.
For those considering one of the other bags I mentioned, give this bag some consideration before making your purchase. This bag is more versatile than the other two and combines the best features of both. If I only had to buy one, I would have bought this bag first. Granted, I'm a guy who loves having different accessories (men in a professional environment can only get away with different briefcases/bags, watches, and colored ties to show our individuality most of the time) so I sometimes break out the other two, but if you want a bag that can go from the office to the coffee shop to your weekend out of town without looking out of place in any environment, this is the one.