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Bought this tote with no expectations. Took it on vacation as a mama bear to my favorite daily: the mini CB, also in dune. Packed it with make up bags, eclipse bags, books and chargers. Did not baby it one but and it held up between two boys, two beachfront hotels. Love pebbled magical bags. This one was above and beyond- as I’m not typically a tote girl.
Love love these tote bags! 5 stars! Undoubtedly my favorite bags ever and I have several and it’s because I’m stuck with what I thought I wanted and with what I ordered when I realized the correct size and color for me. So the “exception” is the return policy is expensive and practically impossible so down to 4 stars. My only choice to recoup some $ is and hopefully get some of my money back but meanwhile I will enjoy my gorgeous stunning medium cold brew and large zippered cognac. I couldn’t be happier with the size color and shape and oh that leather smell of these fantastic bags. Pure Love. Left to right. Small Grizzly, large zip Cognac, large Coldbrew (I use a medium Coldbrew)
I bought a zipped leather tote from PLG and quickly bought a few other bags in various sizes and leathers. These bags are stunning and the quality is fantastic - highly recommend!
After I read reviews, looked at pictures and measured it, I decided on the large bag. Despite all of this, the bag is still smaller than I thought it would be. I am sad the large is not that large. I wanted to return it but frustrated I had to pay for shipping both ways, so decided to keep it. Additionally, I am frustrating to pay over $100 for something and still have to pay for shipping to receive it. I would recommend being really sure of the size when you buy it. I wouldn't buy again.
I ordered the Medium sized zippered tote in color Cold Brew. The color is absolutely gorgeous and will go with just about anything. The medium is just the right size for me. An every day bag that is not too big and not too small. Just right and certainly big enough to hold a ton! Delivery was swift and came very well wrapped in a box. The smell of the leather right out of the box overwhelmed my senses in a good way. It took me a long time to "flip the switch" on this purchase since I had never heard of Portland before. The ad came through on my facebook page and I usually ignore these. After seeing so many reviews across the internet and the fact that I am somewhat of a bag addict, I decided to check them out. I was impressed. I love the fact that these handbags are handmade, are full grain leather and have the YKK zippers. I did notice that their current workshop is now in Mexico but their site is very forthcoming about this and they explain their partnership with the workshop in Mexico and their continued commitment to quality. So this did not bother me. It is a simple tote and if you are looking for anything more than that, you might be disappointed. It amazes me what people expect from a decent price point. For the price AND compared to many of their competitors, this is a GREAT bag that will hopefully give me pleasure for years to come and get better with time. Stitching seems good, bag seems durable and solid and I absolutely LOVE that there is no lining and that the underside is the suede from the hide used. It is incredibly soft. Many people don't realize that the original Coach bags had NO lining. Lining was actually created to hide a multitude of flaws but now has become the norm for most bags. A beautiful full grain leather bag like this does NOT need lining. In my opinion it would take away from the bag. I mention this because of some reviews I read about no lining. All in all, a sturdy, well made beautiful but simple bag at a good price point compared to others. I am a satisfied customer. If partnering with Mexico helps keep costs down but quality still there, I am all for it. I will not hesitate to purchase more from this company in the future. There aren't many companies like this anymore that seem to have a commitment to quality and take pride in their work at a reasonable price point. I hope that won't change. Also, their creed inside the bag says "Handmade Portland Leather Goods". Zipper is very smooth. Straps a good length to me and seem like they can take a good amount of weight. I will update after I've had the chance to use this bag for a good long while. It is going to be my go-to bag for the fall and winter months. Can't wait to use it.