So, my baby brother is going to college this year. Yes, I realize that it is many months away, but I can’t help but think about how grown up he is. Now, when I think about him going to college, I start to think back to my college days and when it comes to that I think about the way I schlepped my books back and forth. With all of these things swirling in my head I was pretty happy to come across this messenger-ish bag.


The Sak Silverlake Flap bag would be not only perfect for carrying your books to and from class, but also so many other things. Come to think of it, I think this bag might actually be more comfortable as a shoulder bag (it only has an 11″ strap drop) and the good thing about it is that it isn’t bulky. It’s not going to get in the way of the hustle and bustle of the day, instead, it will just lay there, at your side, looking great. Sure it is casual, but we all could use a little casual in our life.

Personally, I am a fan of this hunter green color and I love how slouchy the leather looks. The flap over top actually has a zipper in case you need to increase your storage space. Plus, there are tons of pockets throughout this bag which is always a good thing. Buy through Piperlime for $199.

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  • 19yearslater

    I think I would like a longer strap, that would make it practical to carry cross-body for heavier items such as schoolbooks.

  • Loquita

    Thanks for featuring this line! I have seen this bag and several others in the Sak Silverlake line and they deserve the praise that they receive – the leather is far nicer than in many more expensive bags, and the design details are thoughtful.

  • Bea

    I have this and am also a college student. I wouldn’t recommend it for lots of books, as it can get pretty heavy and it can be difficult getting them in and out of the bag, but for a notebook and a small paperback, as well as your essentials, its great! Otherwise its a fun bag for walking around campus with friends, etc.

    Also there are two versions of this bag, one with a short strap and one with a longer adjustable strap, which IMO is the one that makes it a nice crossbody.

  • Ruth

    I just got this bag in purple, and the strap is plenty long to be carried cross body. The leather is beautiful, and I think it’s an amazing little bag for the price point!

  • Cindy W

    I actually bought this bag in Red from Zappos. Great size (perfect for traveling through the city, could fit a water bottle, notebook, PDA, etc). Loved carrying it around and the red leather looked great but guess what? The leather color rubbed off on my clothes when it got hot and humid where I lived! No joke. I like the design but The Sak’s leather dye quality is questionable. I returned it to Zappos. I may have just gotten a defective bag but if you’re gonna buy, just buy Zappos since they have a 365-degree warranty and The Sak’s website didn’t have any info for me to talk to anyone about my prob.

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