Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 12
Rated 2 out of 5 by Tavbovbo Good design on paper but poor execution
I havent written an online review of a product or service for almost 10 years but my experience with this bag compels me to write one.
I bought this bag after several months of reading reviews and looking at online pictures. The bag looks really nice in pictures and I was excited to get something fairly slick at a decent price (for reference, similar sized bags from other Italian and French designers cost as much as 2-4x more than the Coach Bleecker brief. For reference, I have owned 3 similar bags in the past (in addition to cheap computer bags). One from crumpler and 2 from Jackspade. This is my most disappointing bag and it was also the most expensive till date.
I have two big issues with this bag, poor ergrnomics, and terrible leather quality (for the dark brown bag). For ergonomics, the bag doesnt sit well due to poor placement of the straps. The edges sag inwards and this is pronounced when you grab the handles. The bag never looks like the product shots on the website unless you put stuff in the bottom corners to prevent it from puckering inwards. As a result, the bag looks terrible 90-95% of the time. This design flaw results from the way the straps are attached to the body of the bag (the straps are attached to lines in the center of the bag and this creates tension / stress at the bottom middle of the the bag which in turn causes the edges to buckle inwards). I also suspect that the width of the bag plays a role in this issue so perhaps owners of the Bleecker slim will not experience what I am describing. Such a poor flaw makes me feel that Coach did not test this bag at all because this issue was the 1st thing I noticed. For references, I own a 13" macbook pro and a 12" thinkpad tablet but the bag should be able to accomodate a 15" macbook pro
Second issue is that the leather looks cheap. In pictures, the dark brown leather seems supple and rich but in person, It looks dry and somewhat cheap. The leather reminds me of leather on cheap mens shoes which gets shiny quick. The leather compares poorly to the leather on my crumpler messenger bag, or the leather on filson messenger bags. The shininess and cheapness hasnt improved over time nor does it look better with proper conditioning with premium leather products.
September 19, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by RobNS04 Great quality leather with one major flaw
I have to say that this bag is really built with quality materials. The leather is great, the latches and all hardware and flawless. However, while I have really enjoyed owning this bag (which I've had for almost 2 years), I cannot get over one design flaw that has continually caused me pain. The back pocket of this bag is closed using a magnetic clasp. For some reason, Coach decided to not cover the back of the magnetic piece which has twice ripped through the interior lining of the larger pocket on the bag. I returned the first bag I had because it did this twice and I am now going through the hassle of having the lining replaced because of this flaw. I really wish Coach would take this into consideration and either change the locking mechanism on the back pocket or just make sure that the attached magnetic enclosure is correctly insulated from the bag material.
June 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by skamber Investment Piece
This brief is perfect. I get compliments all of the time from people stating that it matches my personality. This brief has ample room and tons of compartments for any size item. Currently I carry my Dell laptop, laptop charger, cell phone, mints, headphones, legal pad, pens, half-inch binder, and moleskin planner, There are so many pockets that I can't possibly use them all. I spent the last year researching the perfect brief for me. I know that I made the right decision. I am 6'4", so finding a brief with the appropriate shoulder strap was crucial. This bag has the perfect shoulder strap size! The leather is exquisite! At first I was sure to be careful as to not compromise the leather, now it is a different story. I look forward to growing old with this bag. Who knows, it might even outlast my children's lifetime.
April 22, 2014