I purchased the Polene Numero Un in Grey/Gris last month, after hearing initial positive reviews through social media. Originally, I was in the market for a new work bag that could carry a new Macbook Pro and a few other essentials easily. Unfortunately, this bag was just a tad too small for that (more details below), but I have been very pleased with it as an every day purse for everything else!
As much as I love the ubiquitous Longchamp totes, I knew I needed a new work-appropriate bag after the strap on my my black Le Pliage Neo tote ripped off – this was after a busted zipper and severely worn down edges. These bags are certainly workhorses, but I had already gone through three of them in the span of a couple years, so I was ready to switch it up.
Enter the Lo & Sons Seville tote. I own the OG tote and Pearl crossbody from Lo & Sons, so I knew I could expect a well-designed bag that was both stylish and practical. I received the Seville in Navy as a graduation gift and immediately tested it out on a five week trip through Europe.
From Instagram: Packed & ready to go on a 5+ week trip with the black soft shell option.
At first glance, it looks like your standard leather work tote – however, the exterior is actually one of its most distinguishing features. The Seville has a unique Shell + Design™ system that allows you to swap out the exterior leather shell for different colors by simply unsnapping the straps and pulling out the interior compartment, shown below.
You can buy additional shells separately, and they’ve released a few new colors recently – so there’s definitely something for everyone. Each leather tote includes an black soft shell as well, which is a great option for worry-free traveling, especially with its luggage sleeve on the back.
Like their other totes, the laptop compartment has a strap that provides security and prevents your laptop from flopping around in the bag. There are interior pockets for legal sized documents (on the 15″ tote, specifically), smaller items and also a zip compartment for more sensitive items like passports and cash.
How I packed my Seville tote:
Yep, I was able to pack the Lo & Sons Pearl crossbody into the tote! Along with my 11″ laptop, full-sized flat iron and multiple toiletry bags.
The straps are sturdy and the perfect length to carry comfortably on your shoulder without having to stick out your elbow too much. As you can see below, the snap end of the strap is fed through a holster that prevents it from coming lose.
Overall, another A+ bag from Lo & Sons – now, time to decide on which shell I want next!