Month: February 2005

Other Things Besides Bags

Sorry for the lack of bag posts, as I’ve actually been thinking about other things besides bags (!), specifically my recent trip home to Boston to watch my mom make my wedding dress and generally trying not to stress over the wedding plans (how could my regular hairdresser be CLOSED the day of my wedding? And why did I think it was a good idea to go with “do it yourself” invitations?)

We should be returning to our regularly scheduled bag related posts as soon as I can finish up some draft entries.

In the meantime check out this great bag sites:

In My Bag

A talking handbag?

Not sure if I should be proud or concerned that this hails from my home state of Massachusetts:

A sensor in the bag’s handle will “know” that the owner has picked it up, and then check its own contents for those things it would be exasperating to forget. If one of them is missing, a voice synthesiser will say: “Cellphone: yes. Wallet: yes. Keys: no!”

Dr. Livingston, I presume?

Planning a trip to the jungle to search for lions and gazelle? Or just want to look the part? You’re in luck since safari themes are big this spring.

The Gap has the new Safari Tote, part of their new Africa collection. I like the leather wrapped handle, but I’m not sure about the wooden ring on the front. I’d have to see that in person, and I learned from a visit to my local Gap today the safari bags haven’t arrived just yet. (Or any of the safari collection modeled by SJP.) Gap customer service tells me these items are due the last week of Febrary.

Anthropologie has a Safari Purse. I also haven’t seen this bag in person but I like the teal trimmings against the tan canvas.

Now all you need is a safari hat to complete the outfit!

Update: The Bag Chick does a great run down of some of the current bags at the Gap. I am beginning to think that my local Gap here in Houston is a little behind, because several of these bags haven’t hit the racks yet. You can bet I’ll be swinging by the Gap in Boston when I am home this weekend.

Isaac Mizrahi Drop East West Totes


How brilliant is the Isaac Mizrahi line at Target? Up until last week I wasn’t really much of a fan. I always saw stuff I liked online, but then when I visited the store everything was a mess and the good stuff was all sold out. But last week, after picking up a laptop bag I swung by the rest of the bags and saw the Drop East West Tote. I couldn’t resisting picking up on in Navy/White. I must have still had this bag on my brain, plus I’m a sucker for anything remotely natical.
I won’t use this as my every day bag–I need a longer strap that I can throw over my shoulder–but this will be a great bag to take with me to lunch or out as I run errands. It would look great with some sailor pants. And don’t miss the clear plastic version, it would be perfect for dodging raindrops.

Good Things at Bluefly


I’ve yet to order a bag online that I liked when it arrived. I like to use web sites to research bags, then I visit them in person. Coach is a good example of this.

Sometimes though I see some bags that tempt me to place an order.

Hype eggplant leather ‘Gossip’ handbag is beautiful. I like the organic shape and the metal details. The purple color looks even better then other purple bags I have seen.

Black Pleated Leather Hobo bag by Michelle Frantz. I like the pleats in the front that bring a nice texture to the shape and the bars that suspend the bag straps.

And in the over $150 category here’s a super funky striped hobo bag Joanna by Flavio Olivera.


I did a little reorganizing of the categories listed over on the left. I split the “bag brands” category into three: affordable brands, expensive brands and bargain!. I define affordable as anything up to about $150. I’m sure everyone has their own definition of “affordable” and that’s mine.

Coach bag

Thoughts on the new spring bags from Coach? I have a fondness for the Suede Pocket Satchel with the blue trim, though I tend to stay away from suede since it tends to look dirty real fast. I am a big fan of pockets and this bag delivers in that department.

I’ve seen the Optic Signature Suede Gallery Tote in a number of summer fashion guides and an example of the bright colors in fashion now. Personally I think the Coach “C” thing has passed, simply making the “C’s” bigger doesn’t change that. To bad since the colors are nice.

021405_chevron.jpgJury is also out on the Chevron hobo. I like the fact that is is unique, but still has a simple design. But I’m just not a fan of the mustard/orange combo. If it was something in a cool green/blue combo, I might consider it.

Ask the Bag Lady: Affordable Laptop Bags


Dear Bag Lady,

The super-fantastic Manolo posted your link and now I have a burning question.  

Do you have recommendations for those of us who would like to carry our laptops in a bag that doesn’t scream Functional But Ugly?

Oh, and for less than $100?

Reader SC

Dear SC,
Funny you ask, since I just randomly bumped into some lovely (and affordable) laptop bags and couldn’t resist purchasing one for myself.

Like most of you I have the corporate issued ugly black laptop bag that I have been using to cart my work laptop when I traveled. It was unimaginative and ugly, but it got the job done and it was provided by my company so I didn’t have to pay for it and therefore I didn’t give it a second thought.

That was until earlier this week when I stopped off at the Target for some batteries, cleaner, and handsoap and ended up stumbling on the perfect laptop bag.

The Black and White Polka Dot Zip-Top Laptop Carrying Case is cute and simple with plenty of room for a standard size laptop, for only $24.99. I instantly loved the polka dots but it also came in pink, and stripes. There is an additional design with a flap top and shoulder straps.

The polka dot bag has a padded, quilted inside to protect your laptop and I especially like the removable sholder strap so I can choose to carry the bag in my hands or over my sholder.

All the bags above, while better then the dull standard laptop case, are still a little on the traditional side. If you are looking for something that will really stand out try the Pink Italian Newspaper Laptop Bag. I didn’t see this bag in the store and only now just spotted it online. Note that the online reviews are both negative, so probably best to look out for this bag in person at your local Target and buyer beware.

Have a question for the Bag Lady? Let us know.

Flowered Longchamp bag

While poking around the Create Your Own Les Pliages bag at Longchamp I saw this one from the Phuket line. Sadly the site is too confusing for a link, but it is a lovely bag nonetheless.