The bags I am featuring today are my Francesco Biasia Barberas. I had a medium brown one and two large ones – one black and one brown. I sold the medium one because even though it was utterly beautiful, it was too small for me. My workhorse bags need to be big enough for A4 and this one fitted A4 but only standing upright and then it interfered with the handles.
This is a lovely style and was probably inspired by the Botkier Trigger bag, which was designed by a photographer (Monica Botkier) who needed a bag that fit all her paraphernalia in a practical way. You can slide papers into the slots on either side (both of which have internal zips) and put your handbag stuff into the central compartment which has internal pockets and zippers. The lining is gorgeous and the strap can be handheld or go over your shoulder.
Pros: fantastic leather, quality hardware, really big with all kinds of pockets and compartments. For me the best part are the two slot openings where I can put all my papers. Francesco Biasia bags are a good price for the quality. They last forever and the leather is gorgeous. I sell bags regularly to fund new ones but these two I will probably never part with. I always get compliments when I carry these and the contents never end up in a shambolic pile at the bottom.
Cons: only one. Can be heavy.