Here is a review of the Finchley Portrait Tote Bag in black.
I received my package right after New Years and I was surprised at how large the bag was (approx 40cm by 30cm). As I did not know what model I had bid on, I googled some images of Filofax bags and found the link to a UK stationery store (Mayfair). It is a Finchley Tote. With the price listed on that site, I have scored a great find.
Currently, I see that the expandable Finchley bag is advertised as the latest model everywhere, but that is a very different size and shape.
Now inspecting my bag in more detail, I see that it is actually a laptop bag.
Here is a top view of the bag. There are two large pockets on either side of a zippered full length pocket.
To my surprise the back pocket is lined additionally with a pouch and cover flap with two velcro fasteners to store a laptop.
Looking at the front of the bag, you see the Filofax stencil above a zippered pouch. The front has a full length zipped pocket and inside the pouch you have a little organizer: five card slots, one mesh slot, a mesh pouch, three pen loops.
The back of the back also holds a wide pocket, with a concealed magnetic fastener.
It came at a perfect time when I had to carry papers and a laptop around for a few days. Although it was pretty heavy, I know it is a very sturdy bag.
My Regency compact fits perfectly next to my cellphone in the front pouch.
It is stylish, carries nicely over the shoulder or by the straps as a tote. The stitching is clean and the Finchley style is visible.
Of course, now I am tempted to find a Finchley binder to complete the set. I will be on the look-out.