8.02.2008

The Tricks of Bags

As I mentioned before, I've been on the lookout for a good new everyday bag. Because this would be the bag I would be committing to probably some 300 days out of the year, for the next who knows how many years, it is definitely something I am willing to invest a bit in. At the same time, if I am going to invest a lot in it, the bag has dang well better be perfect.

I have no interest in chasing after the "it" bags or any designer bags. Generally speaking, I don't like logos, so no Coach bags for me (though the rainbow-colored logos are cute), and certainly not the ubiquitous brown-and-gold dual-lettered oft-knocked-off kind. What I want is something practical, something that won't look dirtied after repeated use (so it will have to be dark in color), something well-made and sturdy, something timeless, stylish, professional, and a bit urban-edgy. This will anger many vegetarians, but I want the bag to be made of soft leather like my current daily bag (can't be helped--I'm such a sucker for the soft texture). It also has to have a zippered-enclosure--I have passed on many bags because I don't feel secure with a magnetic or snap enclosure. And it has to have some kind of front enclosure that allows easy access to my cell phones; although my current daily bag has slots inside the bag for phones, the phones inevitably fall out and into the abyss that is the bottom of my bag. I'm simply tired of having to dig around when a work crisis is at hand.

After looking at various places, I think I've found what I want. I'm totally in love with it, it has everything I'm looking for and then some--the convertable strap will be so useful. Although this bag appears to be well worth its price, the price still makes me hesitate. On top of that, this, this, and this are also contenders. Although the alternatives do not fullfill all of my criteria, they are less expensive and oh so cute. The Rini has a snap enclosure, but it looks sturdy, it's dark in color, and the wooden handles make the bag look really interesting and unique (though carrying it on my shoulder would be a problem). It is something that I really would like to get at some point. The dark hunter green bag has the color and front pockets that I like, but the design seems to be too tamed for me; I want a few more decorative details. The yellow Alberta bag is very similar to the bag I really want. I love the flap pocket and tassel, which is the one detail that distinguished the bag I really want from the dark hunter green one. But the Alberta bag is also yellow. I would wear it everyday, but it is not the classic bag I am shooting for--lemon yellow shouts a lot of things, but "professional" isn't one of them. However, perhaps this might be a fun purchase if it goes on sale...

Too many cute bags doing too many tricks on me. Now it's time for you to weigh in. What do you think of my picks, and do you have any suggestions? I would really like to keep it at or below $200.

[UPDATE] Thanks for all your comments! I have decided to hold off on the purchase for a while. Reasons to come later.

5 comments:

ambika said...

I really love their bags. I think the hunter green seems to most match your criteria and while it's simpler than the others, I prefer the lack of tassel.

The other colors are super appealing but for that professional, long term element that justifies a steep price, I'd probably go for the green.

ThatBeeGirl said...

your favorite, the first link, is also my favorite. it's very chic but in a timeless sort of way. the rini is a very close second, only because not having a shoulder strap for an everyday bag would bother me.

Stephanie said...

Oh the lemon one is cuuuuuute. Too bad it's not in a darker color. My vote is for the blue bag. It looks versatile and the blue looks professional, while still being a little unique and special. That or the hunter green. I lean toward the blue because of the two straps, but both excellent picks!

Sales Rack Raider said...

Thanks for the comments! It's definitely narrowed down to the navy or the hunter green. It's so hard to choose--the hunter green one is a very practical bag, and it's more economical, too. But the navy one is so pretty...

The lemon-yellow Alberta is definitely out. It was a contender, but not a very serious one to begin with. The Rini is still so cute though. Argh.

The Clothes Horse said...

Hunter green seems like a really easy color to wear every day, whereas I feel yellow might be too bright for certain outfits. Good luck choosing!