In my never ending quest for the perfect laptop bag, I stumbled across a French Canadian company called Matt & Nat who have an entire line of soft goods but it was their Archive bag that caught my eye. It’s all vegan leather which is an oxymoron so just think of it as faux leather – really good faux leather. Hit the jump for me review.
For a faux leather bag that commands an almost “real” leather price tag, quality better be good. Thankfully Matt & Nat’s quality is top tier. It looks like leather, feels like leather, and smells like leather. The grain is smooth without the nasty cracking. It’s incredibly soft and when placed right next to a Louis Vuitton bag, you’d be hard pressed to differentiate quality.
The Archive has a light grey faux suede lining, tone on tone stitching, and brushed nickel hardware. Utilitarian fans rejoice because there are enough zip enclosures, pockets, flaps, nooks and crannies to carry everything from a 17″ laptop to cables, mobile phone, stationary, and accessories. I’ve been toting it around with my MacBook Pro for a month and it still looks brand new. The only noticeable change is the bag getting softer which I’m all for. There’s a detachable shoulder strap too but I prefer to carry it as a briefcase or manbag – whatever you want to call it.
There are 3 colors to choose from, white, grey, and black. The Archive measure 19″ X 16″ X 3.75″ and costs $315. If you need something that’s functional and stylish, leave the ordinary laptop carriers at home. Splurge and get the Archive. It’s absolutely gorgeous inside and out.