Ok, so I admit in addition to shoes, I kind of am a bag whore as well. I rarely carry a bag on a day to day, (except my lunch bag which goes in a canvas grocery store bag) or even for going out, so I don’t quite understand my yen for bags, however, there are far more important questions I’m working on answering so this will have to go to the backburner.
I know that in the (relative near) future I’m likely going to need to carry around more stuff with me, just to make life easier. Once again, in the spirit of full disclosure, I will admit that while I abhor the notion of “femme as accessory” I know that I have often counted on my partners to carry my stuff in their purses and bags because, well, you know. Never heavy stuff – usually just keys and gum and depending on the pants maybe my phone. But when I’m pressed to carry more stuff with me, like if we’re going on a picnic, bike ride, or I’m going somewhere overnight or to do some work with my laptop “off site” I grab one of my trusty bags.
Most often, I grab my Israeli Army Paratrooper bag. It just fits an outfit plus my laptop, or provisions for a picnic. It’s canvas which means when I spill on it I can just throw it in the wash. I’ve had mine for well over a decade and it has served me very very well. I think it cost around $12 a decade ago -no idea what they run for now, but I’m certain you can still get them at most Army/Navy stores. My only note of caution is that the straps are thin and can sometimes dig in to the shoulder if worn for a long time, or if really really packed full of stuff. Yes, there’s an extra pad for the strap, but there’s no padding, and it tends to roll up over the straps.Next up? Work work work. Love black leather. Love bags. Love black leather briefcase. Nuff said. This one came from Grafea Leather Designs in the UK. Love this bag. And um, it’s way nicer than mine, but…perhaps a mini covet on this one.
Third up is my NEXT bag. I’m going to special order a medium sized messenger bag from Timbuk2 in just a few months. I have ALWAYS liked these bags, and owned a small sized one years ago that I somehow lost in a break up, but man are they tough. Totally worth the price tag – and I like that you can really personalize your own bag, with the ability to choose colors for each panel, trim, and interior set up. LOVE. Did I mention how much I want one? Yeah….