That worked very well for a city walking commute, and workday lunch sprints.
But now I’m in the suburbs, and hence often in the car. Cross-bodies are annoying to pull off and on as you get it and out of cars. The Duluth pack is made for a laptop, not a life. I’ve been using an old Coach bucket bag, sourced serendipitously from the back of my closet. Big enough for most of what I need, easy to throw into the automobile’s back seat, comfortable to carry on the shoulder and occasionally in the hand.
Don’t believe those people who tell you you have to get rid of everything.
However, I’m monobagamous, which means I want to have a relationship with only one life-carrier at a time. Hate all that switching of stuff, important things get lost. And the Coach black, classic though it may be, just isn’t working. Why? Above you see my wardrobe palette. (If I weighted it to reflect the time I spend in jeans, 80% would be blue, but this approximation is good enough. Right?)
You can see that a black bag is too dark for my purple days. Besides I don’t like a black bag with brown shoes. We old-fashioned sorts like our top half lighter than the lower, I have no idea why. A brown bag might be better, but brown’s just not my favorite color, and it’s hard to find in cool tones.
Which brings us to blue. I’m on the hunt. Here are a few of the bags that have given me pause. The Vanessa, by Chloe, via MyTheresa. Beautiful, 60s style.
But a tad too glitzy for the suburbs. Great for New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, I think How about this one, from a somewhat surprising source? Tiffany’s. And less expensive than you might think.
But I saw it in the store (as I said I’m on the hunt and I take hunts seriously) and it’s actually kind of lightweight. Verging on flimsy. Not good for the monobagamous. So how about this, which is heart-stoppingly beautiful, a limited edition, and priced accordingly, from Marc Jacob’s last collection for Louis Vuitton?
Close. But seriously pricey, and the handle’s stiff and hard to wear on the shoulder. So there’s this, from my friends at Bottega Veneta. Apparently known for by a devoted fan group for unparalleled comfort. Once worn, it begins to drape and hangs and stays on the shoulder very well. Not inexpensive either. Yes, I know that’s an understatement.
But I’ve seen that bag in person, and this particular blue, “Electric,” is very bright. Well-named, oh you masters of intrecciata. Of course, this bag from Kenzo, via net-a-porter, is even brighter. Plus it stares at you.
“Hey there! What are you doing?”
The only bags I could find in the reasonably priced category that were a) blue b) made of materials I endorse (I’ll do leather or non-leather but either has to feel right), c) without logos, were on eBay. Take this one from Coach, for example. Vintage Coach, of course.
So classic. Coach, my old friend, repent and return to the fold. All will be forgiven.
Let’s say you were looking for one colored bag, to wear all the time, what would you choose? And why?
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