This msg is not meant to be argumentative, but is just to keep the ideas flowing for Tom & Darcy & the crew.
I agree with the argument about wasted space in a bag like the small cafe bag--the things I carry are small and that left tons of space at the top of the bag and made it difficult to find things. I ended up giving it away after a week or two.
But this wasn't a problem when I had a vertical bag similar in size to the proposed "mini". Remember that 5 x 7 inches is the size of a large index card--there's no place to lose stuff. Honestly, no place. The worst thing that could happen was having my lip goo end up beneath my wallet, but the bag was so small that it could easily be found and retrieved.
That bag was perfect...right up until I wanted to add a phone and nano to the usual contents. If I'd only wanted to carry one of the two, I'd still be using that bag today. Instead, it's my mom's new favorite and I have some monstrosity. ugh.
The other reason I'd prefer the vertical is that I hate carrying a purse--except on unusual occasions when I'm gussied up like a real girl--but I have a few things to carry, like most females. So the less purse-like, the better. I can get a purse anywhere. Tom Binh is one of the few who can make a well-designed, well-made, unique, nonpurse purse that'll be perfect for this tomboy.