- -Four magazines
- -My laptop, iPhone, iPad, and camera
- -Countless pens
- -My Filofax (I can only do so much technology)
- -Tony Duquette Gemstone fabric samples
- -Two design books
- -My daughter’s school project
- -Three tubes of (almost identical) nude lipgloss
There was more, but you get the gist… The real rub was that the above was jammed into in three different bags (my purse, an L.L. Bean Hunter’s Tote and a sad, raggedy shopping bag).
I was having a sherpa moment friends. It was not a glamorous situation.
I need a new bag. A big schlepping, hauling, “hold everything but still look (somewhat) chic” panacea of a bag, and I’m having a heck of a hard time finding one. (And yes, I realize that bags aren’t necessarily a “home” topic, but if you, like me, regularly find yourself in possession a slew of samples and books and various other design-world staples, then the hunt for a good bag is a relevant topic. At least that’s what I’m going with.)
But after having lunch with my (incredibly stylish) designer friend Janet last week, I think there just might be a light at the end of my “bag quest 2012″ tunnel… Janet was toting an extremely large bright cobalt blue canvas bag with sturdy buckled leather handles. It was a beast of a bag, and it looked awesome. After a bit of prodding, she told me it was the Market Tote made by Duluth Pack company — a 100 (!) year-old enterprise known for its rugged, sturdy, utilitarian bags.
I got back to the office and promptly did a little google research, which turned up the fact that Duluth Packs also designs a small line of totes for Barneys in a few neutral hues and streamlined shapes. This bag’s stock was going up by the second. The best part? That blue awesomeness above comes in at under $100.
I think I may have found the one.