The Dakota Leather Satchel Bag has been on many adventures with me and it has held up very well. The bag is made by Portland Leather Goods based out of, you guessed it, Portland, Oregon.
The design of the bag is simple: brass hardware with a magnetic snap closure, a lengthly shoulder/crossbody strap, an inside pocket... There really is not that much else to it! Size wise, the bag is 11" x 9" x 2" and the largest items it can hold for me (at the same time) is my Amazon Tablet (10.3" x 6.3") and my Swell Water Bottle (11.9" tall). The flap is long enough to make up for taller products, such as my water bottle, and will still close securely.
So good hardware? Check. Quality construction? Check. Practical, yet aesthetically pleasing design? Check. But how is the leather? Portland Leather uses oil-tanned, full grain leather that is conditioned to be water repellent. It is recommended by the company that you do not condition the bag for at least six months and that you let the bag get scratched and scuffed without worry. The result is a beautiful patina developed over time.
My one critique of the bag would be to possibly have a different closing mechanism as it is really simple for someone to open the satchel and grab your personal belongings. The magnet makes it very easy to quickly get into but personally, I'd rather have it be more secure. I sometimes wear my satchel across my body and in front, not on my side, so I can better keep an eye on it. This bag definitely isn't for carrying around top secret information and very valuable items (I probably shouldn't have put the engagement ring in there).
The satchel is currently available in another leather as well: Grizzly (darker leather). It is a perfect everyday bag for your everyday carries. While it is under their "Women" section, this bag is great for anyone looking for something unique, yet purposeful. It will come on many more adventures with me and hopefully last me a lifetime!
Plenty of Room for Personal Items
Hardware & Stitching Holding Strong While the Leather Develops a Nice Patina