1.61 Soft Goods Denim Tote Review

First, it was that Emma Watson was going to my Alma Mater. Then, Klout told me that my score had gone up by about 150 points overnight. I am woman enough to admit that I was completely fooled by both...for at least a few seconds hah. Did you get caught by April Fool's this year, too?

Before I get into the review, I just saw this post about 30 books to read before you're 30 on Twitter and I am actually really excited to get going on this list! The few I have read (Fun Home, How Do You Measure Your Life?, and Siddhartha) are among my favorites. Just in case the page crashes multiple times, like it did for me, check out the end of this post for the full list.

A little bit ago, I was lucky enough to receive the Denim Tote from 1.61 soft goods! It is handmade in downtown LA with premium White Cone Mills denim.  The shorter handles make it easy to carry grocery or other small items.

1.61 soft goods Review
1.61 soft goods Review

1.61 soft goods Review
1.61 soft goods Review

Funnily enough, as I was awaiting the Denim Tote in the mail, I won another denim tote from Aegis (check out my review here if you missed it). I couldn't resist the opportunity to compare and contrast the two bags. Both can safely fit a business folder and have beautiful, sturdy leather handles.

The 1.61 denim tote is much more minimalistic as rivets are much more prominent on the Aegis bag. This 1.61 tote is much more flexible and bendable. The denim is much less stiff than the 1.61 bag.

The other big difference has to be the length of the handles and the denim itself. I carry the 1.61 denim tote in my hand, and throw the other bag over my shoulder.

In terms of shipping time, it did take a bit of time. Since it was a  handcrafted item, this might just be something to keep in mind if ordering for gifts or events.

30 books before 30 (Credit: BusinessInsider)
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
'The Myth of Sisyphus: And Other Essays' by Albert Camus
'Crime and Punishment' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
'Anna Karenina' by Leo Tolstoy
'The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
'The Power of Myth' by Joseph Campbell
'The Bhagavad Gita' — author unknown
'Siddhartha' by Hermann Hesse
'The Essential Rumi' by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
'The Year of Magical Thinking' by Joan Didion
'The God of Small Things' by Arundhati Roy
'Fun Home' by Alison Bechdel
'White Teeth' by Zadie Smith
'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' by Junot Díaz
'The Beggar Maid' by Alice Munro
'The World According to Garp' by John Irving
'First They Killed My Father' by Loung Ung'
There Are No Children Here' by Alex Kotlowitz
'The Tipping Point' by Malcolm Gladwell
'The Black Swan' by Nassim Taleb
'The Miracle of Mindfulness' by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Intelligent Investor' by Benjamin Graham
Power Broker by Robert caro
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Give and Take by Adam Grant
Flow by Mihaly
Zero to One Peter Thiel
Crossing the unknown sea by David Whyte
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl strayed
How Will you Measure your Life by Clayton Christensen