Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote Review: Sizing, Wear & Tear, What Fits Inside

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Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote*, Witchery vest* (sz AU 8 – similar here, here and here), Frankie Shop trousers (sz S), Bared Footwear sandals (sz 36 – featured in this dedicated blog post here), Arms of Eve earrings*, Status Anxiety sunglasses*

Since its introduction in this blog post, the Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote has been one of my most used and favoured bags in my collection. I get asked a lot of questions about the bag, likely due to the fact that it’s one of the most featured items on my feed, but perhaps also due to the fact that many of us are prioritising comfort and functionality in our everyday carry. Bellroy bags are thoughtfully designed to be comfortable and practical for day-to-day use with a minimal aesthetic that work in both professional and casual environments.

The Wonder Tote was introduced to Bellroy’s Tokyo collection of bags in mid-2023 and has proven popular, selling out quickly after regular rounds of restocks. I bought my first Bellroy bag a couple of years ago – the Tokyo Totepack – and even I couldn’t have predicted the whirlwind love affair I’ve since had with their bags! If I had to choose, the Tokyo range is my favourite. I like the collection’s semi-casual, semi-polished vibe – perfect for the smart casual dress code I pitch when heading into work.

In this post, we’ll go into a deep dive of the Wonder Tote and I’ll share my thoughts on sizing, general wear & tear and how I’ve enjoyed using the bag.

I’ve had the 12L Wonder Tote in Deep Plum since July last year, and I added the 15L version in Storm Gray over a month ago. If those colours don’t do it for you, it’s also available in classic black, so you’re sure to find something that suits your style.

From L to R; Look 1: Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote*, Frankie Shop trousers (sz S), Everlane blazer* (sz US 0), Sezane tank (sz XS), Bared Footwear sandals (sz 36 – featured in this dedicated blog post here), Arms of Eve earrings*, bangle* and ringStatus Anxiety sunglasses*; Look 2: Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote*, Ally Shoes heels* (use ‘VIRGINIA40’ for $40USD off), Everlane blazer* (sz 0), Arket t-shirt (sz S), The Fold trousers* (sz UK 8), Ray Ban sunglassesArms of Eve earrings*; Look 3: Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote*, Ally boots* (use ‘VIRGINIA50’ for $50USD off boots), Everlane blazer* (sz 0), Sezane top (sz XS), Nobody Denim jeans (sz 26), Arms of Eve earrings*, Ray Ban sunglassesLook 4: Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote*, The Fold blazer* (sz UK 8 – similar here and here), Arket knit top (sz S), The Fold trousers* (sz UK 8 – similar here and here), Ally Shoes heels* (use ‘VIRGINIA40’ for $40USD off), Arms of Eve earrings*

Design & sizing

While the Wonder Tote deceivingly looks like a regular tote bag – minimal trapezoidal shape, shoulder straps – it stands out from the pack with its capacity for organisation. Rather than being a cavernous void for your gear (read: bottomless pit), the Tokyo Wonder Tote offers a delightful amount of compartments providing for great organisation with a dedicated place for all your things – huzzah!

The Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote is offered in two sizes: 12L and 15L.

Current prices and dimensions are below:

Tokyo Wonder Tote 12L

245 x 350 x 100mm | Capacity – 12L; Weight – 600g

Padded laptop sleeve designed to fit laptops up to 14″
(though my slim 15″ laptop fits into the padded sleeve – see the ‘what fits inside’ section below)
Full-length zip closure
Internal vertical sleeve pockets
Stretch mesh zip pocket
Front pocket with dual section internal organisation
Built-in key clip
Webbing handles with underside grip
Rear document slip pocket with button closure
Trolley/luggage pass-through strap at rear

Available in three colours – Raven (black), Storm Gray, Deep Plum

$239 AUD | $159 USD

Shop the 12L tote below:

Tokyo Wonder Tote 15L

290 x 350 x 100mm | Capacity – 15L; Weight – 600g

Padded laptop sleeve designed to fit laptops up to 16″
Full-length zip closure
Internal vertical sleeve pockets
Stretch mesh zip pocket
Front pocket with dual section internal organisation
Built-in key clip
Webbing handles with underside grip
Rear document slip pocket with button closure
Trolley/luggage pass-through strap at rear

Available in three colours – Raven (black), Storm Gray, Deep Plum

$249 AUD | $169 USD

Shop the 15L tote below:

Prices current as at February 2024.

collage of woman wearing minimal work outfits featuring bellroy tokyo wonder tote in blog post sharing review

12L vs 15L Wonder Tote – in the wild!

Wear & tear

As you can see from the imagery in this post, the bag has been on regular rotation. It’s easy to pack, thanks to its flexible and wide opening, and it’s very satisfying to not have to rummage through my bag to find a specific item given how organised everything stays inside. I’ve cycled through a fair few totes with a ‘relaxed’ approach to structure (ie. dumping grounds) which have proven frustrating when needing to quickly grab something. Bellroy’s thoughtful design makes the dreaded ‘rummage’ a thing of the past.

One of my favourite features is the shoulder strap, a key feature to assessing the wearability of any tote bag as some designs can be very uncomfortable if the tote is packed full. The Wonder Tote’s straps have this funky rubberised grip texture on the underside of each of the shoulder straps which I’ve never experienced before! It’s essentially ruined all my other bags as these straps are so comfortable. Importantly, they don’t come off my shoulders, even under the harshest of conditions (ie. when I’m wearing one of my silky (and slippery) blouses).

close up picture of bellroy tokyo wonder tote bag straps in blog post review

Beware: the comfortable shoulder straps to end all shoulder straps.

The bag is constructed from durable, water-resistant recycled fabric, with eco-tanned leather accents – making it a lightweight option compared to its full leather counterparts. A lot of R&D has gone into the fabrics and materials used in their bags. You can read more about it here.

I’ve been caught in the rain several times with each of my Wonder Totes and there have been no lasting marks. In fact, I’ve had my deep plum bag for the best part of 8 months and it’s still looking brand spankin’ new. It’s probably a bit too early to comment on the wear & tear of the storm gray version but I shall report back at a later date with the wear & tear situation.

From L to R; Look 1: Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote*, The Fold blazer* (sold out, similar style here), The Fold trousers* (sz UK 8 – similar herehere and here), Ally Shoes heels* (use ‘VIRGINIA40’ for $40USD off), Ray Ban sunglasses; Look 2: Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote*, Sezane knit (sz XS), The Fold trousers* (sz UK 8 – similar herehere and here), Bared Footwear sandals (sz 36 – featured in this dedicated blog post here), Arms of Eve earrings*, bangle*, beaded bracelets*; Look 3: Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote*, The Curated blazer* (sz XS – review here), Arket tee (sz XS), Everlane trousers* (sz US 2, short), Bared Bittern sandals (sz 36 – featured here), Arms of Eve earrings* & beaded bracelets*; Look 4: Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote*, Bared Bittern sandals (sz 36), lululemon tank* (sz US 6 – US linkAU link), Anine Bing skirt (sz S, also here and here), Arms of Eve earringsStatus Anxiety sunglasses*

What fits inside – 12L Wonder Tote

While the bag looks quite compact, the interior is spacious, with more than enough room to house my essentials for the day. On the days I bring my lunch from home, I can rest a small tupperware container on top of all my belongings pictured below in the bag.

Flat lay of the Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote in blog post sharing review

Meanwhile, my laptop for work is a slim 15″ model that sits comfortably in the padded laptop sleeve. But it’s worthwhile pointing out that the tote doesn’t zip shut as easily when my bag is packed full with my laptop inside. As the bag is designed for devices 14″ or smaller, it’s something to consider if you can relate to my specific scenario of having a 15″ device. The larger 15L Wonder tote (featured below) might be your best bet if you like wearing your bag zipped shut. Otherwise, if your device conforms with the bag specifications (ie. 14″ or smaller) – it’s happy days for you.

What fits inside – 15L Wonder Tote

For those of you after some more space, this bag has you covered. The padded laptop sleeve swallows up my hefty 16″ MacBook Pro with more that enough room for everything else – like an additional iPad, notebook etc. I’ve used this bag for work several times now, and with my 15″ laptop inside, there’s enough additional space for me to pop my trench coat and my umbrella in the bag (because, confusing Sydney summer weather) without it looking overpacked. A 5 star carry. Would carry again.

Flat lay of the larger Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote in blog post sharing review

From L to R; Look 1: Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote*, Witchery vest* (sz AU 8 – similar here, here and here), Frankie Shop trousers (sz S), Bared Footwear sandals (sz 36 – featured in this dedicated blog post here), Arms of Eve earrings*, Status Anxiety sunglasses*; Look 2: Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote*, Ally Shoes heels* (use ‘VIRGINIA40’ for $40USD off), Sezane blazer (sz UK 8 / US 4 / FR 36), Arket t-shirt (sz S), Frankie Shop trousers (sz S), Ray Ban sunglassesLook 3: Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote*, Arket jacket (sz 34), Arket knit top (worn underneath – sz S), Nobody Denim jeansadidas sneakers (sizing tips here given the confusing sizing system), Ray Ban sunglasses Look 4: Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote*, Sezane jacket (sz XS), Arket t-shirt (sz S), Nobody Denim jeans (sz 25), Sarah Flint slingbacks* (use ‘SARAHFLINT-CCVIRGINIA1’ for 15% off) 

Where to buy

Bellroy is available worldwide – so everybody can join the party! Personally, nothing beats buying directly from Bellroy as they offer a variety of shipping options (depending on where you live in the world) and they have a friendly returns policy.

All their products come with a 3 year warranty – a nice bit of a security knowing they stand by their products.

I hope you found my review of the Bellroy Tokyo Wonder Tote to be helpful.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. If you enjoyed this review, you should watch my comprehensive Bellroy review video linked below from my YouTube channel. The Wonder Tote, as well as 10 others bags & 6 other accessories, are all featured in my review and I also put each bag through a device test (which includes my 16″ MacBook) to see what fits comfortably inside.

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4 Comments

  1. Mitten
    February 21, 2024 / 4:27 am

    Do the totes stand up on their own or are they floppy?

    • February 24, 2024 / 7:10 pm

      They stand up on their own when they’ve got something in them. So when I take them to work, they stand up on their own. They’re propped up against my other bags when they’re not in use in my wardrobe.

  2. Penny
    March 15, 2024 / 11:30 am

    Hey Vee!

    Do you think the 12L wonder tote would fit a 1L Yeti in the inside pocket?

    • March 24, 2024 / 2:17 pm

      I don’t have that exact bottle to know for sure but I think it might be a tight squeeze in the inside pocket. Though I don’t think you would have any trouble with the 15L bag – it’s much roomier! But again, I haven’t tested it to know for sure.

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