However, I'm excited to be back today so that I can help Catie, a reader looking for a classic, chic bag that will take her and her laptop on airplanes all over the country. Her budget is reasonable (durable leather bags aren't cheap, people) and she needs to be able to take it from under the seat in front of her to a meeting with clients without damage.
In my personal experience, I've learned that bags intended for carrying laptops are generally much more comfortable to carry around and have straps that were made to support about 15 pounds of computer and other stuff. I daresay many a large purse has been ruined by women (like me) insistent that a large purse can do the job of luggage. So, I've put together some options for Catie that will do the job and look good for years to come:
First, my top choice (again) is the Alesya laptop bag. It comes in two colors (black and gunmetal gray) and looks super comfortable with a wide strap and lots of compartments. It's also much less expensive than many other designer options!
Some other contenders:
Do you have a bag that serves you well? Let Catie know where to find it!