Universal Leather Backpack

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Product Overview


Quality Materials
Leather- Imagine you paid someone to put a new roof on your house and they didn't put shingles on it. Would you be happy? Well, leather is like a roof and the tough top layer of grain is like the shingles. It's really strong and resists stains, water and tearing, but some companies make leather backpacks with really cheap leather that doesn't have any grain on it. The thick leather hide was split in half at the tannery and the expensive top half that has the full amount of the grain on it (Full Grain) was sold to quality companies like us and the bottom half was sold to bottom dwelling companies that make women's leather backpacks for people who don't understand quality. The split away part ,with no grain, is technically called Genuine, Split or Suede leather. Leather backpacks made of leather that has all of the grain on it (full grain) is expensive and long lasting.

Zippers- Of all of the zippers in the world to match the quality of the leather of this women's leather backpack, we chose his expensive yet quality zipper from Spain. You may find yourself sitting there zipping and unzipping your leather backpack because it is so strangely satisfyingly.

Functionality- This women's leather backpack is designed to age beautifully. It is different from our other leather backpacks in that it can be carried as either a backpack or a zippered tote (backpack straps are detachable and adjustable). It has one interior zippered pocket, an exterior front zippered pocket, and a small exterior pocket on each side to fit your cell phone or other device. It's a leather backpack that is large enough to carry all 13" laptops.

Product Details

Fits a 13" laptop
41-Year Warranty

Dimensions (W x H x D)
14.90" (Top) & 10.20" (Bottom) x 13" x 6.80"
Interior pocket: 9.40" x  8.80"
Front Exterior Zippered Pocket: 7.20" x 5.50"
Two Side Pockets:  6.80" x 7.40"
Strap Length: 60" (End to End)
Weight: 3.45 lbs

The story behind this leather backpack
This Universal Leather Backpack was not designed based on what is trending right now in the fashion world in the Spring or Fall of this particular year. It is designed with timeless universal thinking and built to be passed down at least two generations. You may not even have a daughter right now, but your granddaughter will be wearing it one day. The quality lies in the full grain leather and the thread because those two things are what determine the longevity and quality of a leather backpack. It is the highest grade leather there is. And therefore the toughest and most water resistant. The thread is the highest grade German thread we could find. This may not mean much to most people, but it does to us. The Polyester thread is more expensive but does not fall apart with exposure to the sun, like Nylon does. This leather backpack is a keeper.

I love things that are functional and beautiful too and that's why I love this new Love 41 Universal Leather Backpack! We have some amazing backpacks here at Love 41, but what makes this one different from the rest is that it's both a bag and a backpack. The style and look sets it apart and its functionality makes it incredibly practical for everyday use. I love the way it feels when I'm wearing it- super comfortable. This bag is also great for organization, which makes finding all my stuff inside really easy. The perfect combination of bag and backpack-what more could you ask for!


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  • 5
    Review for The Undecided

    If you are a long time Saddleback owner you can skip this review. This is for people like myself that read 1000 reviews and end up obsessing over the negative ones worrying about their future purchase going wrong...especially when shipping and returns aren't free!
    I was looking for a new work bag and saw a fellow veterinarian reviewing his new Saddleback briefcase. I wanted one! I started reading reviews all over the internet and on leather forums. I got tripped up by the negatives and the "quality isn't the same..not worth the price" category. I literally went to every alternative leather shop mentioned on reddit and in leather forums seeking a comparable alternative option (and I mean i looked up every tannery, artisan, etc). Guess what? I couldn't find one. Many of these other shops may well be using a higher quality this that or the other but I wanted a bag that looked exactly like the Sadddleback bags and with the same functionality and "over-engineering". I honestly could not find one! You may find something similar but they will only sell one design and it's not what you need, or the bags look like you are going to work on Wall Street (apples to oranges). Okay, so Saddleback it is!

    Next I needed to pick my bag. I wanted a briefcase but looking at the weights and seeing them on a man's body I knew they would be too much for me at barely 5'2". I thought about the Thirteener but it felt too narrow. I decided to go women's section tote/backpack. I was very happy with the fact that my purchase would help support other women in need. After watching every video on every back 5 times (okay, I'm lying at least twice) I decide on the backpack leather tote. By the time I went to place my order it was out of stock ( not wait on your Saddleback! Things go out of stock quickly!). Back to the drawing board as I needed this bag ASAP. After a lot more hemming and hawing I decide on the Universal Leather Backpack in Tobacco. I was concerned it may not have enough pockets. I was concerned my laptop would be too tight in it and not leave me any space. Is Tobacco to light? The questions! I call and place my order anyway after a nice email with Candice in customer support and the waiting begins. Of course the next day I get any email that the Leather Backpack Tote is back in stock!!! Sweet injustice and one more thing to wonder about.......

    I placed my order Monday and by Friday my box arrives. As soon as I remove the tape the amazing smell of a leather saddle wafts at me through the crack! Ughhh I'm already in love. My bag is wrapped in a burlap sack. I would later read in my delivery email that I should prepare to be underwhelmed by the packaging on my new bag. That admonishment was unnecessary as my kids were fascinated by this sack and it kept them busy playing for a couple of hours! My son is now re-using it as a carry bag for Hot Wheels. I catch a glimpse of my backpack through the compostable bag inside and I'm almost squealing with delight. The Tobacco color is absolutely beautiful and like it says in my delivery email this is the ugliest my bag will every be! The bag has plenty of room inside for my 13 inch macbook pro with room to spare on top and all around. In the main compartment I have my laptop, a huge Day Designer Planner, a file folder, my stethoscope, a make-up bag, and the rolled up tote/crossbody strap and there is still room to spare. After adding a 16 ounce Swell Water bottle to one of the side pockets the main compartment gets a bit smaller but the water bottle fits no problem (I left the water bottle in a side pocket overnight last night and the pocket stretched out perfectly to accommodate it. I left the other side pocket tight so I could slide my Iphone in and have a snug fit. In the inside slide pocket I have a bag of face wipes and a bag of sanitizing wipes. The inner zipper pocket has my wallet and a passport in it. The outer zip pocket has keys, lip balm, and some random things with room to spare. In other words this little bag is a work-horse and it looks gorgeous right out of the box! At my height I will say that it's extremely comfortable as a backpack, a little less so as a cross-body, and the least as a tote. The tote strap is very long and even on the shortest hole the bag looks little awkward against my body. Oh...and I forgot...the zips from Spain....they are a bit tight when you first use them. I spent awhile just zipping them back and forth to get them to slide smoothly past the seam area. I'm sure this will continue to improve as the bag loosens up, and the sound and feel of the zipper are actually kind of like a stress relieving fidget toy.

    If you have made it through to the end of this review you deserve a free gift! In summary.......Don't hesitate on your Saddleback bag! The Universal Leather Backpack holds more than it appears and is much more beautiful in person! You will find an interesting use for your burlap sack! BUYER BEWARE- Purchasing your first Saddleback bag will not keep you from wanting a second ( Now I want my Backpack Leather Tote even more than before)!

  • 5
    Perhaps would prefer a different

    Perhaps would prefer a different fastening mechanism for the packets. But time will tell. However live the bag and very satisfied so far.

  • 5
    Show me that you love me:)

    Yeah, I'm a Universal BP fan. I love this bag! Want to know how much? I have one in chestnut, tobacco, black, and dark coffee. Funny thing is I was not attracted to this bag at first. At first glance, it looked rather plain. But I took the leap and purchased my first one because I liked the size. As I broke in my first Uni (chestnut), I came to re-evaluate the plainness as actually understated functionality and elegance. I don't use this bag as crossbody because it's perfect in every way for me as a backpack. It holds everything I ever need to carry. I keep my stuff organized in pouches. But I switch around between Uni's, so I also have a super lightweight organizer made by Chameleon Inserts. Easy to grab all the innards at once and plop it into the bag of the day. Check out Chameleon. Another woman-owned business. Love their stuff. But I digress....

    I received my dark coffee bag yesterday (June 2021). And while I've proven my love for the bag design, I'm also writing this review for all those DCB naysayers, me being one of them. This color has its following and I was just never one of them. But I have to say that this run of DCB is GORGEOUS. It's deep and rich and not stiff. The wonder of the color lurks in the beautiful pullup.

    Don't tell my other Uni's, but this one is my favorite right now! :)

  • 5
    Workhorse bag

    I originally bought the Saddleback Little Big Mouth backpack thinking I could use it for work. Unfortunately it wasn't big enough to carry any of my folders, however, it was such a well made backpack and I loved the leather, that I had to get something else. Enter the Universal Backpack. It doesn't look like a traditional shape for a backpack with the straight zipper right across the top, but the video showed that it opened wide and it could carry a laptop sideways. I figured it would fit file folders and the rest of the stuff I "need" to carry with me.

    I was right! It fit everything I "needed" to bring with me, and it feels nice on the back. It just nestles right on top of the rump and doesn't dig in, which is a plus for me. The backpack straps are nice and thick and don't feel like they'll stretch, yet they are thin enough so they don't dig into my shoulders. This bag is practically perfect.

    I'm not going to knock any stars off as the things I would like are probably unique to me. I sometimes commute via light rail and use a pass that you use to tap on and tap off, so I like to keep it attached to one of the backpack straps, so a ring attachment or holes where I could run a ring though it would be great. The other thing I would have liked to have would have been a pocket on the back, where it rests against my back. A large flat open pocket would be nice so I could slip some papers or my phone in and have it be easy to get to without having to unzip the top.

    This is a lovely backpack, and I am happy I got it!

  • 5
    Perfect EDC for this busy mom!

    I needed a bag to use every day that could carry all my "needs". I used the tote for about a year but it just wasn't an EDC for me. Then I purchased the incredible red clutch which was great for quick trips to the store to keep essentials. But....with 5 kids I needed to have a lot of things in my bag! This Universal Backpack is a perfect size. What makes it even more incredible is that it can be worn as a backpack, crossbody, and shoulder!! Great design, Suzette!

  • 5
    Super fun bag to carry

    Versatile, easy to visualize all contents from the top. Keeps it’s shape. Sturdy bottom. Nice accessible pockets.

  • 5
    The best backpack

    I love the look and the feel of this bag. I can fit everything I need inside. It’s comfortable to wear on my shoulders. This is my second bag I purchased from this company. It’s the only company I trust for quality handbags

  • 5
    I love it! Strong and

    I love it! Strong and really nice looking bag.

  • 2
    Exterior pocket started to rip

    Exterior pocket started to rip at the seem after 4 days of use. The backpack is advertised as being able to easily accommodate water bottles, but the design does not lend itself to that use case. Love 41 offered to repair the backpack, but their solution was to make the pocket even tighter. I requested a refund.