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The Sketchbook Bag
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The Sketchbook Bag
Product Details
Just call this bag a game changer. Nicely sized for all your essentials (it's big enough to hold a notebook or an e-reader), it's still compact enough to carry as a clutch when you remove the clever snap-in, snap-out shoulder strap. Crafted in supple pebbled leather, it features our signature collar stud details.
  • Leather.
  • Tab closure.
  • Interior zip pocket.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap fully extends to 17 3/4".
  • 7"H x 10 1/4"W x 1 1/4"D.
  • Import.
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The Sketchbook Bag

The Sketchbook Bag is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, perfect little bag. I've been looking for a simple, cool, perfect little bag for such a long time, and now I've found it! I actually purchased two one in each color. Perfect size. Has the feel and look of outstanding quality and is just so basic and great. Love love love!
Date published: 2014-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great size I love the feel of the leather and how simple this bag is. It's the perfect size to hold a moleskin size notebook, a paperback, my wallet and phone. It doesn't have any extra bulk on it which keeps it light weight and clean for a leather purse. One of the other reviewers felt it was too small to wear as a cross body. I am petite and 5'3". It fits me really well as a cross body. It might come a little higher worn that way then some people would prefer, but I like where it hits me - right across the hip and natural waist.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Favorite My mom purchased this bag for me as a Christmas gift this year. I sure do feel lucky! Let me tell you, going out is much more of a treat when I know I can easily pack my current book along with my Moleskine without my bag feeling/looking too bulky. While being able to hold key materials for the day, it also flows so well with my clothing. I love the minimalist, almost Parisian vibe of this delightful bag. I feel that the price for this book is ideal and quite inexpensive especially for any bookworm or artist who has trouble finding "the bag". I love the smell of this purse (which is definitely an indicator of the high-quality leather used). I have received so many compliments in the little time I've owned this beauty. Though it has been such a short time, I have a sense that this bag will come along with me on many adventures for many years Thanks Madewell!
Date published: 2014-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Simple Small Bag I got this bag for Christmas and absolutely love it. Unlike other reviewers I actually love the length of the strap. I'm 5 ft tall, and as such most cross body bags I cannot actually reach into while wearing. This one I can. I can also wear it on one shoulder with no problems. The leather is really thick and feels great. The snap closure is a little iffy at times but once its on it seems to stay, on mine. Overall I love this little bag. Its so clean and simple, love it!
Date published: 2013-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect size! Love the pebbled leather and the size! It's perfect for my every day necessities. The only thing is I wished it had a zipper pocket on the outside. Other than that, I love it!
Date published: 2013-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very cool and fuss free bag I love the color of this bag-carrot cake. It looks so cool/rugged. It's small, but it really holds quite a bit. My dispatch wallet from MDW, sunglasses, keys, cell and some makeup fits just fine without bulging too much or feeling too heavy. Another thing about this bag I like; it's really light. I'm mostly using it as a clutch, but the strap is the perfect length for me. At 5'5"' it hits right at my hip. I've been getting a lot of compliments on this bag and it goes with everything. Simple and fussy free. Go for it if you're on the fence.
Date published: 2013-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice bag. I like this bag because it is very easy to convert to clutch, it fastens nicely and is soft, making it easy to get in and out of. Good quality and price.
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great small bag This bag is pretty small, so if you're looking for something that will hold a big book and a water bottle, this isn't it. If, on the other hand, you need a bag that will hold your wallet, phone, and kindle, this is perfect. The leather is really soft and lovely and the quality is excellent, as expected from Madewell. It has a handy inner pocket too for lipstick and keys. Unfortunately, the strap is too short to be worn as a cross body (dunno why they can't get this detail right on these small bags, I had the same problem with the Sloane Mini Satchel), but that's really all I can complain about.
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very cute but the strap is too short... I loved this bag when I opened the box but I was disappointed in the length of the strap. I wear my purses crossbody and this purse was advertised as such but the purse ended up hitting me in a weird spot. I am 5' 4'' so I didn't expect it to be too short. You can also use it as a clutch but it seems a bit big for that. I'm keeping it but I can only wear it on one shoulder otherwise it looks weird.
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strap not long enough. Doesn't close easily. I like the look, the size & the feel of the leather, but I prefer to wear my bags across my body & the strap is not long enough to do that. Also, due to the softness of the leather, it doesn't close easily with one hand.
Date published: 2013-12-19
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