I wrote about Knomo recently in the post about weekenders here. I first came across Knomo a couple of years ago when I was looking for a bag for work. I wanted something big enough to carry documents but with more compartments than your average tote and, specifically, zip closures to keep things safe from uninvited hands (very important for travel!).
I ended up getting the Lola bag in tan (which people regularly compliment in terms of style, size and colour). It's got lots of interior pockets, including a long zip pocket, and a handy exterior zippered pocket which is great for things that need quick and easy access like phones, lip balm, your Oyster card or boarding passes. As a bonus, that is, I wasn't particularly looking for this, it has a lightly padded pocket for a 15" laptop so perfect for work. My only gripe is that sometimes this section gapes open, especially when its not got a laptop in it, so it could be improved with some way of holding it closed.
Overall, Knomo has a really good range of bags for work and for travel without the masculine feel of other brands. There's a variety of colours and sizes perfect for people
who don't want to stick to the safety of black.
Best of all, they are reasonably priced and each bag has a unique identifying number so that if your bag is found by someone, they can call Knomo who, if you've registered your bag with them, will return it to you.
In this post, I wanted to highlight the laptop sleeve as something hugely practical especially if you don't want to carry a big laptop or tote bag. It's made from durable, quilted nylon and can be used with the shoulder strap, top handle or carried inside another bag. Very reasonably priced, it comes in three colours - blue, black and red but blue is definitely my pick.