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The Transport Tote
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The Transport Tote
The Transport Tote
The Transport Tote
The Transport Tote
Product Details
What goes into our signature tote? Here it is by the numbers: 2 pieces of fine leather are used for the body. 8 inch strap drop: long enough to sling over your shoulder, but short enough to hold as a top handle. 1 interior side zip pocket to keep your keys, phone and wallet at the ready. 24: the number of hours in a day that this bag looks cool. How often you'll reach for it? 500 gazillion times.
  • Made of vegetable-tanned leather that burnishes with wear into a beautiful patina.
  • Please note: As it is made of a natural material, each bag varies slightly in texture and color.
  • Interior zip pocket.
  • Unlined.
  • 8 1/4" handle drop.
  • 14"H x 14"W x 6"D.
  • Import.
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The Transport Tote

The Transport Tote is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 808.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect bag So I have now had this purse for about two years, and it still looks just as good as the day that I bought it. It is an extremely well made bag, so versatile, and timeless. Also, it is an AWESOME size. I use this purse to bring to work, and it fits everything I need in it without becoming too bulky. Definitely a must have!!!
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great work bag I purchased this bag as a gift to myself when bonuses came through. I was typically commuting with a minimum of 3 different bags to work and now it all fits in this one! It's a bit larger than I had anticipated so my thoughts of it doubling as a purse probably won't work out very well but it's perfect for weekday commuting or a weekender type bag. I saw another review that didn't like the lack of pockets and I do agree that I'll probably have to get a smaller bag to hold all my miscellaneous items inside this tote, but because it doesn't have anything taking up space it leave enough room for gym stuff, laptop, and my lunch! Love it!
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as expected! I purchased this tote with the gold monogramming and just love it! I also bought the Leather Tassel Rope Keychain to add to the strap of the bag because I saw it in store and it looked so cute. I was a little nervous about it being open topped without a zipper for when I'm traveling but I've since taken it with me to the airport and it was a great carryon. It fit right under the seat of the plane and holds my laptop like a champ.
Date published: 2015-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile bag for every day use This bag was what I've been dreaming of. It's practical, beautiful, and perfect for every day use. I've had my eye on this bag for a year now and finally pulled the trigger - so glad I did!!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classy, Perfect, Simple I love this bag! Fits my 15" Mac Book Pro easily, and still looks fashionable and classy. Great quality leather, and the little pouch inside is really helpful for smaller things. I can't wait for it to continue to wear in and look better and better with time! I highly, highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect stylish diaper bag As a first time mom, I didn't want to give up style for function when it came to selecting a diaper bag. With the Madewell Tote, I could have both! It is the perfect size to sling over my shoulder why carrying my baby! It is a "catch all" for both his gear and mine and it easily transitions and complements my day-to-day career lady look!
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Bag I was super skeptical to buy this because of a few bad reviews, but I am in love with this bag. I've used it all summer for school and traveling and have it stuffed full with my laptop and books for class, and have had no problems. I recommend it fully to anyone who wants a super convenient, stylish bag. It does wear but in a very nice way, and is very easy to clean with a leather cleaner. I love this bag!
Date published: 2016-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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. Love it
Date published: 2016-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tote for laptop I needed an everyday tote for carrying my laptop to and from work. I wanted something simple, yet trendy, and this tote accomplishes exactly that. It's the perfect size. I can even fit a jacket or gym clothes alongside my laptop.
Date published: 2015-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Understated, Elegant, Versatile I received this bag for Christmas last year and I love it. At first the handles rubbed my shoulders uncomfortably, but they quickly softened and now they don't bother me at all. The colours of the bag (black with tan handles) make it go with just about everything, and the size of the bag makes it perfect for traveling and for everyday. When I was in college I spent a summer in Italy, and they taught me how to recognise quality leather. The leather used on this tote is very high quality, the kind you'd expect to find at a much higher price point. My only wish is that it had another small pocket inside for my phone, but I know the single pocket is standard for this style of bag. Overall, one of the best gifts I've ever received and I expect it to last a lifetime.
Date published: 2015-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great gift I sent this to my sons girlfriend as a graduation gift. She loves the brand and was thrilled. The personalization was a plus.
Date published: 2016-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful classic Love this beautiful classics tote. The monogram looks very classy! Can't wait to use it. Love the brown leather handles with the black leather body. Leather is great quality!
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Statement Piece Beautiful tote. Can't wait to use it and break it in. Monnogramming looks beautiful too.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect bag for work and play! LOVE this bag! I got the brown and it's gorgeous. It fits my 15" Macbook Pro (in a separate laptop sleeve) plus a huge water bottle and sweater and wallet and even a change of shoes. It's also not so enormous that it's overwhelming. Don't give it another thought - just order it! :)
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect work bag I am really happy with this bag - it's a lovely soft leather but not so soft it doesn't hold it's shape. It fits my macbook, a jumper, bits and bobs and still has room left over! I love the little side pouch, ideal for phone and keys or phone and wallet - which can get lost in a big back like this. It fits neatly on my shoulder most of the time but with a bulky jacket is a little tight - my only suggested improvement would be to add a couple of CM to the length of each handle. Was an easy international purchase - it was a little later to arrive than promised (the courier said it had been delivered but it wasn't at post office until a few days later) but Madewell were very kind and refunded my express postage. Excellent customer service and will make me a returning customer...perhaps to buy this bag in the brown leather!
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stylish catch-all tote! I bought this tote to use as my everyday catch-all tote from home to work, the gym, etc. and so far it's been great! The leather is beautiful and durable (so far). Although I've only had it for a few weeks, I'm very satisfied and hope it lasts me awhile!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect tote bag!!!!! The bag arrived at Germany in nearly 7 days. Very stylish and perfect size. The leather looks nobel und feels like velvet. It is big enough for 5-6 files, lunch and cosmetic Accessoires. This will not be my last madewell bag. Thanx!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless! I'm obsessed with this bag. I purchased in the brown with gold monogram and I have a feeing I will be using this for the rest of my life. Bravo, Madewell!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I was a little hesitant to buy this bag after some reviews mentioned color bleeding. I have been using the bag for about 2 weeks or so and have not noticed any bleeding color on my clothes! I bought this bag to use on an upcoming trip and am hoping this bag holds up with all the wear and tear.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect It is perfect for my needs in a briefcase. Can fit everything in it, and add my purse last minute to consolidate so I have only 2 carry ons.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect tote Very happy with this tote. I bought the English saddle one and the color is gorgeous. The size is perfect (not too big, not too small. Just right for everyday use). Would highly recommend. Already thinking about saving up for a black one.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just gorgeous This bag is seriously the best. I've had it for two years now, and it looks just as gorgeous as the day I bought it. I'm not gentle on it either. It went from being a bag for class in college (with no less than a laptop, notebook, and textbook inside at all times) to a bag for commuting (sometimes with lunch, sometimes clothes for the gym, etc). It even still has that lovely leather smell. People are always asking where I got this bag.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So perfect I absolutely love this bag! It's the perfect size, and it's lightweight. The price is awesome, especially after looking at different bags at the mall, so glad I waited and ordered this Madewell bag!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insanely durable I bought this bag around a year ago. Why am I just reviewing it now? Because I've just returned from an international trip in which this bag was stuffed with 6 textbooks, shoes, a make up bag, and countless other things that most likely added up to around 50 pounds. As I carried the bag through 3 airports over 24 hours, I kept waiting for it to break, for the handles to rip off, or even to be stretched. Not only did the bag not break, but it still looks brand new, even after a year of use. This bag is useful for literally everything-- it's big enough for me to pack for weekend trips, but comfortable and cute enough for everyday usage. It has seen me through so much. Don't even think about buying another brand.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tote! Have now bought 2 of these for my daughters and they both LOVE the tote! Strong enough for school books or as a carry-on when traveling. Now I need one for ME!!
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous, tough, and perfect size I bought this in a rich warm brown; the color is outstanding and held up all winter, through snow & ice, wherever I took it. Roomy enough for my 13" laptop, and I know the straps aren't going anywhere (as is a concern with so many other bags) so I feel good walking around with it in there. So stylish, I get compliments on it all the time. But without being overly trendy - it's a more timeless kind of stylish, which is good, because it seems like it will last a very long time.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, high-quality tote This bag is even more beautiful in person! It's the perfect bag--holds all of my things (wallet, glasses, giant water bottle, etc), plus all of my baby's items (diapers, wipes, sippy, snacks, light blanket). It's so classy and chic, no one would have a clue I have all that in there. I receive lots of compliments on this tote and it looks good with anything. It feels and smells as good as it looks too!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glad I went for it! I was a little nervous about purchasing this bag after reading some of the other reviews, but I'm so glad I went for it! I bought the transport tote in the English Saddle color, and I am in LOVE. It is great quality leather, and NOT ONCE has the color transferred to other items of clothing. The pocket on the inside is handy for small essentials, and I can fit all my correcting and normal purse stuff inside. Great bag!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect tote this is a replacement for my old one. favorite everyday bag.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seems rather thin Like the simple lines but the leather seems rather thin. I hope it holds up well for the expensive price tag.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This item was even richer looking in person. Perfect tote for a working professional or a non traditional student.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Quality Functional Tote Not only is this tote beautiful, it really does have enough storage to fit my laptop, makeup, wallet, and a pair of flats when I walk downtown. The only drawback and not a big one is that the straps are a couple of inches too short, so it's hard to carry on your shoulder if the tote is full. Other than that, it is so well made and just gorgeous!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect tote Absolutely love this bag, I've been wearing it since two weeks ago I got it!
Date published: 2016-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Roomy, stylish, just what I needed! I cycle to work every day, and at the same time, have to carry a load of stuff with me. I scooped up a transport tote to carry everything I need - and have not been disappointed! This bag is super roomy! It easily holds my planner, a large cosmetic purse, wallet, two glasses cases and any groceries I happen to pick up during the day with room to spare. The internal zip pocket is pretty generous too. It's made from supple leather, so I can squeeze it into my bike basket even when it's full, and the material is durable! It hasn't marked or scuffed yet. Despite the generous size of the bag and the seemingly slim handles, I don't find the bag is heavy or uncomfortable to carry. It fits comfortably over my shoulder - even when wearing a sweater and coat. A great buy, if you're in two minds, get it!
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new love for leather This bag is amazing ! Loved that I monogrammed it in gold ! I have recommended this bag to everyone !
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent, but i do hope they could produce a smaller size this is exactly what i hoped for and better: lightweight, durable, and stylish. But i do hope in the future they could produce bags of exactly the same design but just a tiny bit smaller. I'm a 5'2'' woman, this bag is not disastrously big, but I'd look better on me had it been just on or two inches smaller.
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bag! Great size bag. The leather is strong and durable. I love the black and brown color combo.
Date published: 2016-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have bag! I purchased the English saddle transport tote with a gold monogram. I have used it every day since it has arrived! It holds all of my materials that I carry back and forth from my classroom and is comfortable on the shoulder. The color is so pretty and matches everything! The handles are sturdy and the inside pocket is perfect for those little items that you don't want to lose. Great bag!
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bag Ever Bought Ladies, you will NOT go wrong with this bag. I bought this last year, and I have used it year around. It goes beautifully with summer clothes and just as well with winter. I get compliments all the time!!! Fits everything inside, even when I fly, I can throw my laptop inside. It has worn well, and I love the monogram on the front added in gold..... best buy! Doing this for my sweet daughters 21st bday today!
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The God Send of Bags I have been lusting for this bag for a solid 2 years now. The only think that stopped me from buying it earlier was the price. Well, I ended up biting the bullet and it's my new favorite bag and it will be staying in my closet for many years to come. First of all, the quality is great. It's a stunning bag. This bag also holds everything, I have been using every day for 2 weeks to lug around my laptop and other work items. I also got my monogram in gold. I was a little worried because a previous bag I owned from Madewell has the gold foil, but it wore off in about a week. However, that is not an issue with this bag. BEAUTIFUL. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality I love my new tote in black and tan! I can wear it with just about everything I own. The leather is so soft and supple and yet feels very durable.
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my carry all this was a gift that i chose and i really like it. I can carry everything in there, very spacious and big. Over time the leather got darker, to me it shows the true quality of the leather and character.
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING product So, I was looking to find a new bag to follow up with my really busy life. Wen t to all famous brands and online and heard about the Madewell tote. Started reading a lot about it, some negative comments and positive ones. I was a bit afraid at the beginning by the fact that it has no zip to close it etc. but for my bday I decided to buy the black and english saddle one with my initials on it. It arrived and I can't live without it now!!!! Such a gorgeous simplicity, so easy to wear with everything, it's a "foure tout" I can put my tumbler, my laptop, my entire life in it and it fits. LOVE IT
Date published: 2016-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good-looking very good looking transportation is very fast very good quality
Date published: 2016-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect everyday tote Absolutely love the transport tote. The quality is unbeatable, and I have received non-stop compliments. The handles are really comfortable on my shoulder, even if the bag is full/heavy, and after three weeks, it still has that new leather smell - love it!
Date published: 2016-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyday Tote The brown strap add a little extra to the whole tote. It works great as an everyday commute tote. I've had it for two months now. I will see how it holds up over the time. Overall, I love it!
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from End of School Year Reward! I waited to purchase my transport tote and decided on the last day of school (I'm a teacher) that it would be a wonderful reward for a great year. I'm sold and have recently purchased the mini tote "just because".
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful tote! I am loving my tote! The big size takes some getting used to. That said, I can fit pretty much anything I need in it - water bottle, sunscreen, random kid stuff. I'm really happy with the purchase!
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good quality and comfortable leather It looks fashion, simple and elegant. I put my laptop, textbook and other small stuffs in it, and it is so convenient and feels soft and strong enough to hold these things.
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! I've had my eye on this bag for about a year, and I'm so glad that I took the plunge and purchased it. It really is a beautiful, classic tote. It's a perfect size for carrying a laptop for work, and for airport travel. If you are thinking about getting initials engraved, I highly recommend doing so. I chose not to get the engraving on another Madewell bag and I regret it. It really makes the bag feel one of a kind. Thanks, Madewell!
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Leather Tote! I had been eyeing this tote for a while and I finally ordered it and decided to monogram it. It came and I immediately fell in love with it! The smell is amazing and so is the quality! It is an everyday bag for me...easy to throw on and head out the door in any occasion. I will be using this to travel and I know it will hold up to it's value over the years to come. I looked at other similar bags and I am so happy I went with the Madewell Transport Tote!
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smells Delicious The quality of the bag is awesome - the stitching is well done, the zipper is sturdy, and the leather is great - but most importantly, it smells delightful. I can't get over it.
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Bag for the Working Professional Love this bag. I was on the hunt for a purse big enough to transport my laptop, notebook, change of shoes, etc. over the work week and to/from client meetings. This bag can hold everything! The inside zip pocket is big enough to fit my keys, cell phone, mints, extra pens, etc.. The brown and black color combination matches just about every outfit. Wish it came with a matching wallet/clutch to transport my cosmetics. Super chic for the working professional!
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best bag for working Moms I bought this bag because my smaller go to purse was not cutting it now that I have to carry diapers, toys, wipes, clothes, etc. etc. etc. just to leave the house for 5 minutes. This is a great purse option for any Mom. The bag is gorgeous...much more stylish than any diaper bag I have ever seen.
Date published: 2016-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wears well, keeps me organized. I bought this tote a year ago and have spent very little time without it since. It's simple and durable. There's a comfort knowing that everything I need pretty much lives inside it, which creates the illusion that I am an organized person. I don't treat mine preciously but it's worn beautifully, though I embrace the distress - worn leather feels very 1970s :) I definitely recommend that you buy this bag for yourself and as a gift.
Date published: 2016-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS TOTE!!! This tote is AMAZING! Big enough to contain a laptop for classes- but not too big if you want to use it as a purse or a bag to take to work (I work as a nurse!). Enough room for lunch too. I love the color (light brown) and the quality leather is outstanding. I am very excited to use this on trips too as it is perfect to take on a plane or a roadtrip. Also, I find that the straps are perfect length. I am 5'4" and tiny and sometimes bigger totes tend to swamp me- but not this one! It's literally perfect! I love the inside zipped small pocket also.
Date published: 2016-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great bag! I love this bag! I carry it everyday, it looks great with everything from sweats to dresses to work attire. I'm so glad I finally took the plunge and purchased this bag, its' so well crafted and the added detail of the monogram adds a little something special to it. I would love to own it in every color!
Date published: 2016-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Every Day Tote Beautiful leather and sturdy! Straps do seem flimsy and thin but hold up nicely when the bag is filled with heavier objects and books. I'm so happy with this purchase!! Sure, there are various totes to choose from but nothing compares to this classic tote made so well.
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bag This bag is fabulous overall! It would nice to have a bigger pocket inside but love the size of the bag. The only other downfall would be the straps, they are about an inch to short.
Date published: 2016-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful bag! I got this bag in the "english saddle" color. Its a beautiful color! the bag is well-made, big enough to carry everything you need and looks great for work or weekends.
Date published: 2016-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Bag! When my bag arrived, I was super stoked! It's of excellent quality and the English saddle color is classically beautiful. It's going to be THE bag I turn to for my every need.
Date published: 2016-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bag EVER!!! I've had my bag for over two years now, & I still get excited every time I use it! It is a beautiful bag, & wonderful quality. I highly, highly recommend it!I It's such a versatile bag. I have many uses for it!I I get compliments on my bag all the time! I love it so much. This bag is a life time piece that will never go out of style, in fact it keeps looking better and better!! You can not go wrong buying this bag. I guarantee it will be your go to bag for everything!!
Date published: 2016-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I needed a tote and know a colleague with your brand and was excited to have one. I was very excited to have one of my own. Excellent tote, will continue to look at your brand for bags in the future.
Date published: 2016-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Quality Leather Tote The transport tote is exactly what I expected it to be. Having said that, the only suggestion that I do have is to make the handles a little longer. Do not hesitate to purchase this tote.
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BAG EVER I am absolutely in love with my transport tote. I have had my eye on it for a while and decided to splurge. The leather is incredibly good quality and beautiful. I use it everyday for everything. The gold foil monogram is awesome too. I'd give it 10 stars if I could!
Date published: 2016-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Tote! I absolutely love this tote bag. It is perfect: the size, the leather, the smell, the style... Super classy and chic, and it just goes with everything! My mom speaks highly of this tote, too. The first time I carried this tote in front of her, she immediately said "Oh that is a beautiful bag, it suits your coat, lovely." - and that really tells a lot, my friend!
Date published: 2016-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Tote! I just love the style and quality of the leather of this purse. Its is just gorgeous!
Date published: 2016-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Large enough to fit a college student's whole life This bag is kinda pricey for its simple design but after much deliberation, I decided to go ahead and buy it. Fits a lot and looks really nice. Again though, I do not understand why a simple leather bag is so pricey. Only Madewell, I guess. But then again, I am the sucker who bought it and ended up loving it.
Date published: 2016-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality You smell the leather and say, "Ahhhhhh!" Amazing quality. Truely....Simply......'made well!'
Date published: 2016-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I like this tote a lot. It is huge, so I can fit a ton of things in it. I love the color and the contrast between the bag and handles. The bag does feel a little thin- but is still really sturdy and durable.
Date published: 2016-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE PERFECT TOTE! I have been searching for a classic but simple tote and this is the one! The saddle color is beautiful and I have used it everyday since it arrived.The straps stays on my shoulder and it is the right size for everyday use.
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality product. I purchased this bag as a gift on the recommendation of my daughter who has the same one. The recipient admired hers and loves the bag for its quality, size and appearance. Thanks for making it well.
Date published: 2016-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tote Love. I really love this tote. I saw it all over instagram and really liked the look of it. I loved it even more when I saw it was real leather and made to last and made well (badum-tsh!) It's gorgeous and great for throwing stuff in and still look good when you're on the go. My to go bag for sure.
Date published: 2016-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transport Bag I purchased this for a member of my family for Christmas. I had never heard of this company but my family member had the transport tote on her "wish list" for Christmas. I ordered the black trimmed in brown since it could be monogramed and the brown one couldn't or so we were told on the website. Within just a few days, the gold initials started coming off. I called and talked to someone at Madewell and they were very nice and offered to send me a new bag and when they found out it wasn't the color I originally wanted, they let me get the new bag in the color my family member originally wanted in the brown plus it would be monogramed too. My family member was so happy when the new brown bag came in with her initials on it in a deeper gold. I shipped the black bag back to them with the mailing labels they sent to me and I am now awaiting for a credit to my account. The bag is very well made and should last for many years. I couldn't have ask for any better service than they gave me.
Date published: 2016-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well done My girlfriend loves this tote, wears it almost everyday with all outfits ranging from casual to business. Monogramed with her initials was worth the extra money. At first I was very disappointed because I paid for overnight shipping and the product didn't come, so after 3 days I called and was told monogrammed bags can take 2 weeks to get, then ship overnight. That to me made no sense, and wasn't mentioned anywhere when I chose overnight shipping, BUT! Madewell stayed true to good customer service and got it to me within 2 days of that conversation... Needless to say, I'm very pleased with this resolution.
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful bag. We gave this to our daughter for Christmas. She is a young, married professional and she loved this bag. She was very excited to receive it.
Date published: 2016-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bag Love this bag. Very versatile.........can be used to travel, a purse, or work bag. Roomy enough to hold lots and very nice quality.
Date published: 2016-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the style for my daughter as a "tote"! Loved this bag. Ordered the saddle brown tote with gold initially. Arrived very close to holiday, as it arrived on Christmas Eve due to weather problems:{. Had ordered it over a month before then. Needless to say, I am very happy with the bag, although, concerned but then relieved to see it arrive at my door before Christmas Day! I guess you cannot control the weather! Thanks for getting my present to me by the "last hour"!
Date published: 2015-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent bag I got this bag for work- I work at a hospital and needed a simple durable bag large enough to cary all of my needs. I was very pleased to find that the bag fit everything that I need AND more. I now only have to cary one bag in to work because it fits everything! Shoes, paperwork, water bottle, scarf, gloves, winter-ware and space for more. I have also received many compliments on the bag and plan to buy another for travel.
Date published: 2015-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great everyday tote This was given to me as a present. I absolutely love it. The size, material, and comfort are great. The color is perfect for all outfits and everyday wear. I wish I would have known about the monogram as I would love to have added that to make it a bit more personal. But overall this is a great buy!
Date published: 2015-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bag Bought this for my daughter. She said "you nailed it." Beautiful, perfect. Love this bag, will use it for years. Thank you.
Date published: 2015-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Christmas gift My daughter loves her new bag we got her for Christmas
Date published: 2015-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holds up beautifully I bought this bag 18 months ago to use as my every day work carryall. I travel between locations every day for work and don't have an office, so I needed a bag that could fit my laptop, lunch, water bottle, and anything else I needed. The bag is gorgeous - the leather is really rich and lovely (I have the saddle) - and it's worn very well over time. I was surprised by how much it held, and I've even used it for overnight trips to NYC, fitting a change of clothes along with my laptop and other gear easily. When it first arrived I was worried the straps were too short, but they stretched a bit in the first weeks and now it's easy to sling over my shoulder. Unfortunately, the zipper on the pocket broke quickly (which was probably my fault for overloading it) but other than that, the bag has held up beautifully and I plan to use it for a long, long time. Absolutely worth the investment!
Date published: 2015-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was everything I want a purchase to be. This was my first experience with Madewell. It was a Christmas gift for my daughter-in-law (less than a year). She was ecstatic about her gift. She loved it in every way. She started using it immediately upon receipt. My experience in ordering online from your website was as simple and easy as any website I have ever tried. Me and the gift recipient were as pleased as we could be.
Date published: 2015-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful bag The bag is beautiful. Love the Carmel color. The straps are a bit small but seem sturdy enough. Tried to use the sale code but it did not apply which is a bit dissapointing!
Date published: 2015-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My daughter loved it! This was a Christmas gift for my daughter. She was delighted to receive it.
Date published: 2015-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bag! Great bag! Beautiful leather. Will be my go to for daily use.
Date published: 2015-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Tote Oh my goodness gracious. This tote! This is probably the best tote ever. I got the English Saddle color and love it. The quality and style are bar none. The richness and feel of this leather is very nice and it smells delicious. I can see I will be using this for many years to come because the look and the quality will hold up extremely well. I am so glad I made the splurge on this tote. I love it so much I had to purchase the pouch to go with it. I would have gone with the Post wallet, but it didn't have enough card slots and two of the 8 slots would have been taken up with my driver license and debit card. If you are thinking of purchasing this tote, GET IT!!
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Bag! I love this bag. I bought it to carry back and forth to work each day. I used to carry an old, beat up canvas bag and desperately needed an upgrade! I bought it because it was smaller than what I had been carrying, hoping that I wouldn't bring as much work home with me if it won't fit in my bag. The size is enough for me to carry a binder, a lunchbox, and my other small essentials (a wallet, sunglasses, etc). It feels put together and I feel as though it compliments every outfit. My only worry is that the straps don't seem very sturdy-- I'll have to see how they hold up over time. Overall, a great purchase and worth the splurge!
Date published: 2015-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye catching! I finally splurged on this bag, and it was absolutely worth it! Someone even stopped me on the subway to ask me where I got it. Beautiful bag -- very happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2015-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I absolutely LOVE this bag! I have actually used it for 8 straight months now, which is SO rare for me. Also, I carry so much in my bag at any given time, and it still looks great!
Date published: 2015-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hooray! I received this as a birthday gift. I really only use it on the weekends and carry around my keys, wallet, water bottle, and make up bag. The leather is fantastic because I have had it brush up against walls and pointy corners but so far no scratches! Also, it goes so well with everything in my closet.
Date published: 2015-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Bag I have used this bag daily (in English Saddle) for the past two years and it has held up to every one of my expectations and exceeded them. The leather has worn beautifully and the construction is impeccable-- I have used this bag for law school, work, and client travel and the construction, including the handles, is still as strong as ever. Its big enough to hold a laptop, a small purse or large wallet, sunglasses, notebooks or work folders, a reading book, headphones in a case and even an extra pair of shoes or a jacket. I couldn't recommend this bag more and will replace it with another when the time comes.
Date published: 2015-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful bag for my daughter love the bag but I ordered a brown bag and it looks more redish than I would like....
Date published: 2015-11-11
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