How many of you carry your laptop in a backpack? I’m guessing a substantial few. Well, here’s something to consider – a non-plastic, made in America, $125-costing, slice of history.
You see, how I carry my computer matters to me. I take a 30 minute urban walk to work and back almost every day. I like to feel sharp. But I’ve been carrying a non-descript black Tumi for over a year. Dull.
And I while used to carry everything loose in the Tumi, wallet, makeup, computer, papers, when I moved to a cross-body bag, my Bottega Veneta made for a tight fit in the Tumi front pocket. Tight enough that I was forever scraping the back of my hand on the zipper. I hate that. Midlife thins our physical skin, even as our psychic skin toughens up.
The backpacks are made in Minnesota, of canvas and leather. The company’s history, in this era where we crave authenticity and craftmanship, adds to the brand’s appeal. From their website.
“The Duluth Pack has its humble roots in a French-Canadian named Camille Poirier, who made his way west to Duluth. Arriving here in 1870 with his “little stock of leather and tools”, he began a small shoe store and quickly made a go of it in this booming frontier town on the shores of Gitchi Gummi. On December 12, 1882, Camille filed for a patent on a new type of packsack. It was a canvas sack that closed with a buckled flap, had new-fangled shoulder straps in addition to the traditional tumpline, a revolutionary sternum strap and an umbrella holder (for portable shade in this newly cutover country).”
Sturdy Gals, practical sorts that we are, would scoff at romantic history were it not for how well the packs function. Mine has a laptop sleeve, and one zippered inside pocket large enough for a pair of reading glasses and thens ome. The Bottega Veneta fits inside quite well. And the Laptop Scout, for such is its name, weighs far less than the Tumi.
I like the leather straps and the roller buckles. This model’s made of waxed canvas, so it’s even waterproof. Duluth warns that their wax may rub off, so I would be cautious of my Max Mara camel coat. They have other models that would work for Max, I believe, not waterproof, but available in a rather glorious array of canvas colors. Other models that are larger, too.
The moose logo almost compensates for that umbrella holder’s disappearance. Practical success.
But as we know, Sturdy Gals also dream of adventure. We love the feeling of walking away.
But in the end, we tend to come back, on time. Only the Artsy can leave home for good.
One final benefit to the Scout Pack. It’s a Sturdy Gal’s kind of discreet rebellion to pull an Italian luxury bag out of this Northern Midwest canvas contraption. Good accessories support multiple agendas.
No consideration was received for any of this folderol.