When I started working at Minnesota Monthly, a lovely lady–I’ll call her Mom–gifted me with a new work tote of my choice. Fab, I thought. I have purses and I have a perfunctory black nylon laptop bag (exciting!), but what I need is something both stylish and functional to bridge the gap.
Four months later, and still no tote. Not for lack of searching, mind you. During my quest for the bag that must hold everything from my MacBook to my MAC, and take me from morning meeting to night out, I discovered shopping websites I didn’t even know existed and bags I didn’t even know I wanted. Shopbop.com and Glimpse.com, which select merchandise from big brands and puts them in one location, revealed just how much is out there. And it’s the sheer number of choices that’s killing me. For example, I began to rethink leather after seeing the fabrics at abbinewyork.com. I really love this bag at Banana, but do I want it in camel or would black be more versatile? A co-worker tipped me off to Franklin Covey, which makes surprisingly chic bags like this. The blending of fashion and function appears to be a trend: premium luggage line Tumi, is rolling out a new women’s handbag collections next month.
If I didn’t have a budget (Mom is good like that), I’d snatch up the Berkley tote at Smythson, and refuse to calculate the cost in dollars. I’d even “settle” for Coach’s Maude vintage tote. And I would definitely check out the Lambertson Truex trunk show this Thursday, May 24, at StyledLife in Gaviidae. There will be handbags and clutches in luxury leathers (pictured), plus an advance preview of the Fall 2007 collection. Just what I need – more to choose from.