Rated 1 out of 5 by strideam Doesn't wear well at all!
I've had the bag for about six months and, similar to other reviews, the corners are discolored, the straps have come unglued, edges frayed and the leather has cracked and marked (not is the nice broken-in leather way either). I used it mainly on the weekends, not every day. Pretty disappointing.
January 15, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Ceecee79 The quality has disappeared
I saw the Transport Tote a few years ago in store and had my eye on it for a few years. Now that I finally need a larger sized tote, I ordered it, but when it arrived, I was appalled that this wasn't the beautiful leather of the Transport tote that I saw in stores before. The tote used to have a slight gloss to the leather and would develop a nice patina after use. What I got instead was a bag in a dull finish made from cheap "bonded leather" (shredded leather fibre + pulp + plastic). You can tell by the smell, the papery texture, and glimpses of the real material showing through the holes in the stitching. I could tell right away that this bag would not hold up (inadequate stitching, the "leather" will tear and peel easily). I would never pay this price for something that isn't meant to be used often. I was so disappointed that the quality has slipped so much and returned it (had to pay for return shipping as well). What a mistake.
March 13, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by ellesbelles17 Quality has Changed
The quality on this bag has been downgraded significantly. It's no longer the sleek, substantial leather transport tote we all know and love. The look and feel of the "new" bag is a cheap, raspy and thin material that showed signs of poor wear right out of the box. I compared it to my older transport tote and the difference in construction and quality was pretty shocking.
This will be the second item I've recently returned to Madewell on grounds of poor quality alone. So disappointing. The brand's name is starting to feel a bit ironic. Please bring back the old transport tote!
July 27, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by AmyCowan Nice bag!
I love the bag. It holds a Macbook Air with no strain or fear that it's going to fall apart. The English saddle color is appropriate for all seasons.
My only 3 tiny issues:
I got the gold foil monogram, and people ask if it's the brand.
I wish the handles were thicker and smooth on both sides.
I wish it had a couple additional pockets.
June 3, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by dayz A MUST HAVE TOTE
This tote is perfect for all your daily travel needs. The size is perfect, I'm 5"2 and it's easy to carry. The quality of the bag is nice and the fresh smell of leather is amazing. Perfect summer bag - I bought the saddle color and it's beautiful. Every woman needs a tote like this in her life.
June 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by abipk THE bag
I've had this bag for a few months now, and I love it more everyday. I use it as my bag for uni, so it easily carries a few notebooks and my laptop as well as odds and ends that I have floating around in my bag. I wouldn't stuff it with heavy textbooks however, because I don't want to wear it out.
Still looks great after 8 months of daily use! Goes with everything, and entirely regretting the fact that I didn't get it monogrammed.
March 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Laura1890 Beautiful bag
I have carried this bag everyday since receiving it four months ago. It is very roomy and holds quite a bit. My only complaint is that the strap is too thin. I feel that for a bag this size, the strap should be a bit thicker. Other than that, this is a great bag.
March 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sussan So happy
This is a perfect bag for me to take my laptop in to do business or to go shopping with on the weekends.
I am small and I find it doesn't overwhelm me at all. Also stays on my shoulder so the strap is just long enough, even with a winter coat on.
February 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by AnastasiaPJ68 Love this bag
I have been shopping around for quite some time for an all purpose, go to, brown leather bag. This bag is perfect. It's the perfect size, looks great, and the gold initials are the perfect final touch.
It's really versatile and stylish.
My only wishes, if I could change anything, would be MORE pockets or a divider. If it was lined and had internal pockets it would be perfect.
I also wish the straps were slightly longer OR alternately had an attachable strap to make it cross body. I walk everywhere so that would make it more functional. With that said, it's still a fantastic purchase, and I love it.
July 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by jasltr I LOVE MY BAG!
I got this is the english saddle and I LOVE IT! I also had it monogrammed to add that extra personalised touch. There were some marks on the inside of the bag as it came that way. But i don't care cos the bag is absolutely stunning. And I feel that everyone needs one of this. I would prefer if the bag came with a dustbag though. Plus, dustbags are cheap but it elevates the perceived value of your bag.
July 9, 2015