Toffee Osaka – tablet satchel with inscrutable chic (review)
The Toffee Osaka satchel has been designed to fit iPads (and similarly sized tablets) and protect it in a high thread count, water-resistant waxed canvas and genuine leather trim, shoulder satchel style bag.
Back in 2004 Sydneysiders, Hassan and Natasha were looking for a laptop bag – in anything other than black! That ignited a passion for creating beautifully crafted products that were functional and visually appealing. Toffee design is a contemporary take on classic retro – just what millennials love.
Hassan said, “Natasha’s love of colour and fashion, together with her penchant for hunting and collecting pieces at vintage and antique auctions inspire Toffee’s design aesthetic; reminiscent of classic and retro forms of the past, with contemporary styling.”
Natasha countered, “Hassan is always seeking out ways to evolve Toffee in an ever-changing environment. It might be at a trade show, but more often it’s in the quiet moments of a long-distance run, hiking Kilimanjaro or listening to music that his next idea will come.”
For most GadgetGuy readers this will be the first encounter with Toffee, and it is simply best to say that you will find hipsters urban yet laid-back culture using it and carry it through the day with comfort and style – from relaxing in a café to having coffee ‘to go’ to a meeting.
Review – Toffee Osaka satchel
Toffee calls it a unisex look, and while it could be, GadgetGirl and I feel the mustard canvas colour (pictured) has more male overtones.
It also comes in navy, khaki, and black (all out of stock at present) made of a water-resistant, waxed canvas exterior with a leather flap strap (push lock buckle) and matching webbing shoulder strap with a wide removable shoulder pad. It even has a convenient hook strap on the back.’
Inside it has a padded lining and a tablet slot and general storage slot. On the rear is a dedicated phone slot that will fit up to an iPhone 8 Plus and on the front under the flap is a zippered compartment 15 (D) x 18 (W) cm. Overall size is 25 (H) x 28 (W) x 5 (D) cm and it weighs 520g.
I loaded it with a 10.1” Microsoft Surface which is larger and thicker than Apple iPad 9.7, and it should fit an iPad Pro 10.5 (check the latter before you buy).
I liked the separate mid-compartment that allowed wider articles, and the adjustable strap clasp to accommodate over stuffing the satchel.;
Built to last
Toffee products have a three-year warranty. It has a range of products for men and women and is a brand to look for.
Toffee is an aspirational brand – you should want to own a well-made, highly functional bag, satchel or briefcase.
Prices are reasonable for the quality, and it is Australian designed.
- Very well made – stitching is precise, leather trim, and fittings are durable
- Lot of thought has gone into the design
- Local company with good support
- None apart from other colours being out of stock
Price and Availability
- Overall: 4.4 out of 5
- Features: 4 out of 5 – it has what you need
- Value for Money: 4 out of 5 – Good value
- Performance: 5 out of 5 – very well made – a keeper
- Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 – Not meant for thick items
- Design: 5 out of 5 – hipster elegant