You've heard my gushing about Hayden Harnett's Ibiza, but I was stalling on buying it, even though I've seen it in person and know it's a quality bag; I just hadn't gotten around to justifying the $200 price tag yet.
So when Hayden Harnett revealed its capsule collection for Target, I ran down there, not even expecting to find a laptop bag, just some great accessories. Lo and behold, what did I see? The $50 Flight Tote — an almost exact replica of HH's Ibiza from their regular line (in the image, Target's is on the left).
The differences are obvious for offsetting cost: Target's version is made of light canvas with faux-leather trim; the original is made of a very sturdy nylon and real leather trim. I bought the Flight Tote and have been lugging it to and from work for the past couple of weeks.
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I love it for the same reason I loved the Ibiza; I can fit my laptop into the bag's partition intended for it, and put all my other crap (wallet, sunglasses, keys, cell phones) in the other sections of the bag, and — thankfully — my shoulders and back are not aching from carrying everything in one tote.
One thing that's not great for your laptop is how thin the outer fabric and lining is. The lining is a gorgeously printed-silky material, but as thin as silk, so keep in mind it's not going to protect your laptop from dents, if you get into that kind of situation. Since I'm gingerly getting it to and from work, it's fine, but if I were more worried, I'd slip it into a sleeve first, and then put that in the bag (there's plenty of room in the laptop partition to do that, in fact).
There's a long strap on the bag that can be used instead of the double shoulder straps, but it's not so comfortable, since it hangs so long — but, one of my co-workers who does have the real Ibiza has the same exact issue.
So for one big work tote that holds it all — laptop plus life — and is not only stylish, but affordable, I highly recommend the Flight Tote.