Every working woman has lived through the struggle of trying to fit everything she needs to get through the day, into her handbag. Many of us even resort to carrying multiple bags full of stuff on our daily commutes. So when I designed the Loren Tote, my goal was to create the ideal work tote.

I wanted it to be sleek and stylish but also structured and functional. A work bag should have a cross-body strap option, as well as top handles. When you're juggling multiple items, you can simply put the bag across your body, while handles are ideal for grabbing your bag quickly. Organisation is important, but in this case weight is even more important, so I traded interior pockets for our bonded suede lining for an ultra lightweight experience and designed a matching zip leather pouch to store your smaller bits and pieces.

In my mind, the ideal work bag should also have a top zipper. Besides the security issue, a zipper really is the best way to guarantee your belongings won't spill out all over the train carriage or get trapped between your car seat during your commute! The other key criteria is size. You need a bag that can store your daily must-haves, but isn't so large that it looks like a bag you would take to the gym.

So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to Loren and show you what fits inside my ideal work tote, comfortably and realistically.

Removable and adjustable shoulder strap.

Removable and adjustable shoulder strap.

Matching leather pouch.

Matching leather pouch.

Orange suede interior.

Orange suede interior.


The bag pictured above is the Navy Loren Tote with orange bonded suede lining. I love this leather because it’s so modern looking and practical. It's also ultra-light so you won't feel like you're carrying an 8 pound baby even before you've put anything in it. It doesn't scratch or stain easily and it has a beautiful bonded suede lining which I love. It’s smooth, stylish and practical, which is precisely what I had in mind when I was searching for a perfect everyday leather.

The Loren Tote is the ultimate everyday work bag, it’s roomy, versatile, and beautiful. Like all our bags it’s meticulously handcrafted in Rome by a team of skilled artisans who have been working with leather since 1959. The whole process is 100% Made in Italy, from the initial prototype, to the materials used, to the end production.

The interior is large enough to fit your make-up bag, favourite book, 13 or 15-inch laptop or tablet, as well as a spare pair of heels for your dinner date or an extra pair of flats, such as my foldable Lily ballet flats, for running to work in! There is a removable leather pouch to keep all your valuables safe, and a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap for when you’re on the go. The shoulder strap is adjustable with a 100cm / 40″ drop, so you can carry this bag over the shoulder comfortably even if you're wearing a big coat in winter. 

The dimensions of this tote are:

  • Height 12.5" / 31cm

  • Width: 16" / 41cm

  • Depth: 6" / 15 cm

Weight (empty bag):

  • 700g / 22 ounces / a little more than a Venti cup at Starbucks!


What Fits in my Loren Tote

  • A copy of Porter, one of my favourite magazines - I love the mix of fashion, intelligent editorial and beautiful photography.

  • An SCU Notebook - This past summer I took my daughter to California to visit Santa Clara University, my alma mater. I used to buy a different coloured notebook for each subject at university and as I’m still an avid note taker, I couldn’t pass the chance to get one of these Santa Clara notebooks while we were there.

  • My Sky Blue Cosmetics Case - to store my pens, make-up and other daily essentials I don't want scattered at the bottom of my bag.

  • My Bailey Nelson sunglasses. I bought this style in 3 different coloured frames because I think they suit the shape of my face. They are really light and their polarised lenses are amazing.

  • iPhone - My loyal personal assistant!

  • A copy of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeannette Winterson - I’ve just started reading this book my brother gave me for Christmas last year and it’s already a page turner.

  • My light pink 330cl S'well metal water bottle - my family and I are trying to cut down on plastic waste at our house, and the first thing we gave up were plastic bottles. I love the colour of this bottle and that it doesn't have that weird metallic smell that some water bottles have. 

  • My 13-inch trusty Macbook. I’m an Apple girl all the way and this is my favourite can’t-live-without gadget, after my phone of course.  

If you’re not sure whether a Regular Loren or a Midi Loren is the right bag for you, then read my other blog post: What Fits in My Midi Loren Tote. And if you still have questions, feel free to reach out either through Live Chat, (at the bottom right of this page), via the contact form here, or by email at info(@)alexandradecurtis.com.

Ciao for now!


Ciao Alexandra de Curtis
Alexandra de Curtis Meet the designer

I’m Alexandra, founder and designer of Alexandra de Curtis. I love to share my passion for quality, Italian-made products and effortless style. Sign-up to my newsletter and join our exclusive tribe of fabulous women around the globe. You’ll be the first to know about our new arrivals, pop-up events, private sales and special discounts, so you can live Italian, no matter where you are!