7.08.2010

instead of a perfect world, I have been dreaming of the perfect bag;

*brown leather (somewhere betweeen carmel and chocolate)
*new, but classic in appearance
*simple, rather masculine
*sturdy
*large enough to hold my huge wallet, a sketchbook, my camera, maybe a water bottle, if lucky, and miscelanous cositas (little thingies), or in a major pinch, my laptop, wallet and cositas only
*but small enough to not quite be a messenger bag, exactly
*a long enough single shoulder strap that it can be worn, while biking, across the chest like a messenger bag
*but styled to be worn over one shoulder, otherwise, if desired
*not entirely brake the bank
*wears well with many years of hard use

25 comments:

  1. Um, you just described my perfect bag. I've been looking for one -exactly- like this for a few months now...so good luck! I'd love to know if your search is successful.

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  2. when you find that, please let me know. you've described my perfect bag.

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  3. I'm on the hunt too. I saw a Sabina bag that almost fit the description at this crazy outlet place, but it had funny looking tassels.

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  4. Ditto the previous three. I'm almost considering purchasing some leather and making something myself.

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  5. Angela9:39 AM

    so like a vintage flight bag? like this: http://www.scaramangashop.co.uk/fashion/leather-bags/for-him/travel-bags/large-vintage-flight-bag/prod_774.html

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  6. Yes. That sounds a lot like my perfect bag...accept mine is $1600 in actuality (Chloe). BUT while in Boston I discovered a VERY close runner up for under $200 here - http://www.us.allsaints.com/. I can't find it online (boo) but it looks like they have a store in Santa Monica and LA.

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  7. this sounds miles more realistic and attainable than my bullsh*t dreams.

    did you see those cambridge satchels i posted a couple months ago? they come in brown and seem like they might be exactly what you're looking for...

    http://lifeaccordingtocelia.blogspot.com/2010/05/alright-already.html

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  8. figured i wasn't the only one.

    @celia too feminine, and add to the list; soft leather

    @angela closer, but too bulky, and nix the black zipper top. thinking fold over top flap?

    hey, there is a reason i don't have one yet.

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  9. Perfect! I need one of those!

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  10. Angela10:21 AM

    well, they have the other bags in the same category that might be a little better: http://www.scaramangashop.co.uk/fashion/leather-bags/for-him/travel-bags/cat_47.html

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  11. it's not brown and it's not on sale (as it was when i bought it - discounted you can get it for $300 and change), but i'm pretty sure the perfect bag is this; i bought a grey one three years ago and have carried it every day since.

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  12. I would like that bag too, please and thank you.

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  13. I think you could have that bag mailed to the same address as Celia's new art collection:

    123 Delusional Lane
    Inmydreams, CA

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  14. These are handsome/rugged yet elegant:
    http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2010/05/best_bet_marlow_sons_leather_b.html

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  15. I have a 'Larch' bag from these guys: http://www.etsy.com/shop/valhallabrooklyn
    which fits some of your criteria, I can vouch that it is hardwearing and nicely made. I carry my DSLR around in it as well as all my other stuff.

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  16. Anonymous6:56 PM

    You have just described my bag - which does all those things but also fits diapers and bottles, but still not a big satchel/messenger bag. I bought it in Dubai several years back after a many years of traveling and searching. Can't tell you the shop though. good luck.

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  17. http://www.billykirk.com/page.cfm?id_product=29923129&type=1&product_group=21844278&xid=53753800

    Found via Heartthrobs and Villains

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  18. Well, this doesn't perfectly meet the bill (little pricey and i guess no brown available but black & gray) but is pretty close/nice.
    http://seevivier.com/fw09_messenger_tote_dc.htm

    also maybe one of her bags?
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/49485962/market-tote-in-black-brown-leather

    i have a little pouch i got from her shop & i love it. very well made.

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  19. Well post it when you find it, b/c it's essentially what I'm looking for too (and hey, if we get the same bag then maybe we'll spot each other in SD!)

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  20. banana republic has a bag, very much like that, on sale... i just purchased it! maybe check online?

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  21. Surprisingly, Target actually has a ton of these kinds of bags right now from their Converse All-Star brand. I was looking for the same type of bag and ended up finding two different ones there that I loved! They're only about $40!

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  22. http://www.fossil.com/en_US/shop/women/handbags/crossbody/hanover_crossbody-zb2869p.html?departmentCategoryId=30000&N=0&Va=42&Ns=p_wsc2|0||p_weight|0&rec=42&pn=c&imagePath=ZB2869020

    or


    http://www.fossil.com/en_US/shop/women/handbags/crossbody/sutter_flap-zb2341p.html?departmentCategoryId=30000&N=0&Va=42&Ns=p_wsc2|0||p_weight|0&rec=32&pn=c&imagePath=ZB2341001

    I love Fossil.

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  23. Okay, I generally HATE anthropologie and make a rule of NOT shopping there. Ever. But a friend of mine has this gorgeous bag that she got there which prompted me to check out what they have and I am SO tempted to brake my rule. They have a ton of cross-body bags that are actually pretty cute. Check out the zipways....

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  24. Anonymous5:01 PM

    This? http://www.luckybrand.com/Crossbody-Convertible-Bag/LBJ10306,default,pd.html?cgid=womensAccessories&selectedColor=222

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  25. ha! i think we were separated at birth. you are describing MY perfect bag! i love that you want it to hold your camera, computer, water, wallet, etc... but not be as a big as a messenger. i COMPLETELY understand.

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