Marshall Bergman Tahlia Clutch Bag
Marshall Bergman, www.marshallbergman.com
Fashion forward; functional; lightweight
A bit pricey
Fashion-forward geek girls have it hard. Most laptop-bag vendors either try to pass off an ugly, bulky briefcase as a purse alternative, or they over-design and slap a floral print on a normally inoffensive backpack and call it ‘feminine.’ Leave it to the Brits to bring us a classy, stylish, and sturdy alternative to the bulky and loud reality of women’s laptop bags.
Available from online and retail Apple Stores excluding Australia (try the UK Apple Store) Marshall Bergman’s £175 Tahlia Leather Clutch Bag is made of Italian leather with a jacquard interior lining. It’s available in either stone leather, dusty rose leather, or black patent leather and it’s designed to fit the 11in MacBook Air, the iPad and the iPad 2. Like most beautiful, designer handbags – especially imported ones – the Tahlia doesn’t come cheap. The bag is pricey, but it’s sturdy enough to protect your 11in Macbook Air while being chic enough to carry as your main purse – you can justify the cost as paying for two stylish bags in one.
Designed to function as both a clutch and an over-the-shoulder purse, the Tahlia Clutch has a detachable shoulder strap that fits into metal-lined holes on the body of the bag using easily removable fasteners. The exterior of the bag has an outer pocket wide enough for 8.5 x 11in documents, but the pocket doesn’t snap closed and it leaves a couple inches of those documents exposed at the top. The bag’s outer (front) flap is adorned with the unassuming Marshall Bergman logo and held closed by a turnlock fastener.
On the inside of the bag, two iPhone-sized pockets, two pen holders, and one elastic-topped pocket (large enough to fit the MacBook Air’s power adapter) help keep your smaller items organised. There’s also a zippered interior pocket big enough for a large wallet and a checkbook. A padded sleeve offers a good amount of protection for your iPad or 11in MacBook Air, and separates that device from your daily essentials.
The Tahlia is by no means a one-bag option for the kitchen-sink carrying mum, but it’s light enough on its own that the addition of your gear and necessities doesn’t make it cumbersome. And without that gear, it’s a functional purse.