I am already a fan of the washed leather look from Campomaggi so when they showed me this north south tote bag with a few special features and lots of Italian appeal – it was as the Italians would say, sfondere una porta aperta, in other words using a battering ramp to on an open door.
What was there not to like? The size is ideal for carrying the iPad, Netbook or laptop as well a some notebooks or text books. There are handy internal organizing pockets for pens, pencils, Smart phone or iPod and a soft cotton lining to protect all my electronic accessories.
Practical yet aesthetically appealing are the layered external pockets with flap topa and buckles to keep them securely closed. The pockets add to the rugged country charm, yet give it a busy look. Especially convenient is the adjustable shoulder strap that can be clipped on with the heavy duty antique brass colored metal clip. The rolled leather handle comfortably fits on the shoulder, but it is a comfortable alternative to be able to wear it as a cross body bag, especially on the long haul.
Perhaps the detail that truly caught my attention was the unique zip security latch. I can easy see this bag as the perfect companion on campus but I wouldn’t exclude this Campomaggi tote bag as an ideal travel companion and with this chain and hook to secure a closed zip makes it safe for not losing bits and pieces along the route.
Even though Campomaggi bags have a tendency to be on the heavy side, I would say that this bag is not excessive for its size and won’t wear you out carrying it from one side of the campus to the other or from one end of the airport to another.
The only downer is that Campomaggi has been running a back log of orders, and if you don’t find it in stock – you need to wait for the next delivery. In fact, Pierotucci offers a waiting list if the selected Campomaggi is not immediately available – along with free shipping on almost all of their Campomaggi bags – this one is no exception.
This bag has made it to my wish list -and even if it does arrive in time for the class bell, I will be just as enthusiastic to find it under the Christmas tree.