A perfectly professional leather laptop bag.
Even though I work from home, I like to make sure I have professional carrying options for my laptop. Over the years, I’ve collected many different styles of laptop bags and I really wanted to find a slim, leather bag this time around. Fortunately, I came across this 14-inch Leather Laptop Bag from COCHOA. It’s a beautiful slender carrying option for anyone who has smaller laptops.
The COCHOA Leather Laptop Bag is made in India from 100% top grain genuine leather. The leather is aged and distressed with waxes and oils to give the bag a vintage feel. Over time, the leather will gain a natural patina in addition. The designer states that wrinkles might occur over time as well. These natural occurrences help to showcase the real characteristics of the top grain leather.
The main compartment of the leather laptop bag has padded pockets designed to hold up to 14” laptops and up to 9.7″ tablets. The exterior dimensions are actually 15″x11″x3″ and it has a wide shoulder strap that measures 1.375”. This makes it easier to carry the bag crossbody-style if you choose to do so. The shoulder pad is filled with foam to reduce stress on your shoulders while it’s being carried. In addition to the laptop and tablet storage, the messenger bag can also hold plenty of other supplies such as notebooks, accessory cables, power supplies, pens, and files. There are two exterior pockets under the flap of the bag as well as two pen loops.
The bag is designed to last for a lifetime so it is quite durable. Both the shoulder ends are box stitched and riveted so they don’t fall apart with repeated use. The grab handle is pulled together with COCHOA’s trademark ‘three stitches’ so that it doesn’t break.
- Top zip closure
- Magnetic press button
- Laptop and tablet sleeve
- Two large front pockets
- Cushioned shoulder pad
- Riveted leather patched handle
- Gusset protection with webbing
- Real, top grain leather
- Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Dimensions: 15″x11″x3″
The leather laptop bag did not have a traditional retail package. It arrived wrapped in cardboard and plastic. When the packaging was removed, the smell of the leather permeated the room. There is something magical about that smell. You can always tell real leather compared to fake leather-based on the smell. For me, it reminds me of visiting the Wilson’s Leather Store in our local mall when I was younger. It’s intoxicating. I am a bit of a bag collector, but I had been seeking out a slim leather bag for a while when this one came up as an option. There are four color options – carbon black, cognac, ocean blue, and oxblood. The ocean blue color caught my eye at first simply because it was a unique option and I love the color blue, but I ended up going with the cognac option because I felt it was more executive-looking and professional in nature.
One of the first things I noticed about this bag is how flexible it is. It’s what I lovingly refer to as ‘floppy.’ I personally like this because it means it’s easy to store when it’s not in use and it makes it easy to pack. The bag isn’t particularly large in size, but it’s ideal for what I was looking for. It gives me enough space for my laptop, tablet, and a few other essentials. I tend to overpack my bags and I really just wanted something professional-looking for when I have meetings. And, while I haven’t had to many in-person meetings for quite some time, this bag is perfect for that purpose. I could also see it being good for going to class as long as you don’t have to haul too many large textbooks around. It’s really not designed for that.
The bag seems to be very durable. When the bag arrived my dog decided to play with and tear up the packaging. As it happens, his nails ended up scratching the front flap. Fortunately, there wasn’t much damage done, but the scratch marks do show up. This is indicative of natural leather’s ability to accept wear and tear. The shoulder strap is reinforced and it’s very comfortable to wear – even when the bag is fully loaded. The handle that is stitched into the bag of the bag makes it easy to carry and lift it when you don’t want to sling it over your shoulder. The pockets just under the exterior flap are great for small accessories, but they are open so I would caution any user to ensure their bag isn’t going to get tipped over because small items could easily get lost or dislodged in that type of loose pocket.
As an avid bag collector, I am thrilled with this option for my professional needs. It’s beautiful, durable, and has plenty of storage space for my daily needs. I can recommend this for others looking for a genuine leather messenger style bag.
For more information, visit the COCHOA Amazon Store.