I’ve been stalking the Zara Office City Bag since it first appeared on the site around last Summer. It’s such a gorgeous bag and perfect for work but I just couldn’t justify spending $90 on it since I heard about a few issues with the hardware falling off. Now the Office City Bag is a look-a-like itself of the Prada Saffiano Tote that I damn sure wasn’t buying at $1,150. While browsing around Target or as I like to call it Targé (Tar-jay lol) which is one of my favorite stores, I ran into the Merona Large Structured Tote which looks a lot like the city bag . It was love at first sight. I immediately grabbed two and took one to my cousin who was waiting at the register.
Now the Merona Tote isn’t an exact look alike but it is a similar style with the faux Saffiano Leather texture and three inner pockets. It also has silver hardware whereas the Zara Tote has gold.
Don’t mind the tag. I started snapping pictures as soon as I got it home.
The sides snap shut for a slimmer look.
The inner pocket is large enough to hold plenty. The only thing that I don’t like is that it doesn’t zip or snap shut.
The outer compartments are more slim and perfect for magazines, notebooks and such. The back compartment is padded which is perfect to carry your laptop or tablet. The front compartment has slots for your phone, cards and such. Both the front and back compartments have zipper pockets and they also zip closed. You can put items such as your wallet and electronic devices in these compartments since they are more secure then the middle.
You can carry the bag on your arm by the two short handles or on your shoulder with the removable shoulder strap. I prefer to hold it by the short straps and may just remove the shoulder strap.
It’s a great size for work and school and the different compartments are great for carrying files, books and computers. The straps feel very sturdy and should be able to hold the weight of these items. As you can see the bag also has feet on the bottom. It is very well made and definitely looks like it cost more than $35. Yup, that’s less than half the cost of the Zara Office City Bag. Look for the Merona Large Structured Tote in your local Target or purchase it online at www.target.com.