Mum’s Home Office: Looking after your Laptop

Built NY 14-15" Laptop Sleeve - French Vine

If you’re like me, your laptop is a well worn friend that gets subjected to the rigours of family life every day. I have it out when the kids are around, stuff it in a bag to run to meetings and sling it in and out of the car. Given the value of the laptop itself, plus everything on there, I’m resolving to treat it better and get it a proper bag … but which one to choose?

The Built NY 14-15″ Laptop Sleeve – French Vine costs around £29, and is lovely to look at. You slip your laptop inside at the top, which didn’t work as well for me as other cases where you can insert the laptop into the longer side. It doesn’t have a strap so it is designed to protect your laptop inside another bag. Apart from that, though, this is soft, light and attractive and at a reasonable price.

Available in navy, with pink, yellow or azur accents, the LA garde robe laptop bag and LA robe protection sleeve are another affordable way to protect your laptop.  This two part system allows you to use just the basic laptop cover and/or get the bag too. The outer navy cover is slightly ‘school uniform’ … I think I’d like to see more of the accent colour when the bag is closed. However the bags are practical and look like they would survive if you get caught in the rain or have to hang the bag off the buggy.  The LA robe MacBook Pro range comes in sizes 13”, 15” and 17” and is light at only 375. Sleeves cost from £22.95 from Apple Retail Stores – find a list on Be-ez.

If you’re after a more glamorous solution and have the budget to  splurge, try the Pavoni Abruzzo Ladies Business Cartella (£255). A handbag come briefcase with a laptop insert this is the bag to solve LOTS of problems. Whether it will stand up to the school run is another question! Glamorous crocodile appearance leather, it is a bag to take to any business meeting. Available from

For me, I think that the LA garde robe laptop bag is going to be the best solution. Not the most glam option it is nevertheless hard wearing, wipe clean and practical – just what a mum with a business needs.

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