I am a conference and event manager and like Ray do a lot of travel. My favourite stylish travel hand bag is a Mandarin Duck “tardis” (large) style soft nylon bag that will, at a pinch fit a small notebook or tablet but offers no real device protection. I was keen to try STM’s Maryanne small laptop tote that comes in red or grey.
Like Ray’s review of the STM Convoy and Flight bags I am heartily sick of bags that have wrap/fold-over flaps that have to be undone to gain access and usually allow everything inside to escape.
I also like the name “tote” – it shows that STM has some understanding of a female executive business and style needs. It is very hard to be stylish and protect your laptop. I have tried dozens of bags over the years from large knockoff leather ones from the Asian markets to genuine Oroton leather (a gift from Ray that never worked).
So the STM Maryanne is a delight – a gem of a find.
It is red (called berry but stay away from street corners anyway or buy the grey version) and stylishly made of 300D velocity poly fabric lined with 200D soft water resistant polyester (D stands for Denier – a measurement of mass density equal to 1/24th of an ounce i.e. higher is stronger and thicker).
It is not too big (about 37x26x14cm - 12 litres) nor too heavy (540g) yet it holds a 13” HP Elitebook or Macbook Air notebook with ease.
Two top zips give access to the laptop compartment and the all important handbag compartment that has enough multiple pen and pockets and zippered sections to keep me happy. Add to that two external side sections (one on each side) and a diagonally zippered compartment on the front - this is truly a versatile tote.
The handles can be adjusted from carry bag to over the shoulder length. I am told the price will be around $100 when it goes on sale in late April so men – this is a good thing to buy the professional woman in your life.