In pursuit of the perfect bag

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Handbags. Love em, hate em, put them on the floor and dance around them. Talk about bags.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Saturday, 9 May 2015 15:24 (eight years ago) link

Where do you shop for bags? I need a chic handbag that will hold a laptop and file folders and a lunch without being a tote. Prefer leather tho vegan acceptable if v cool.

Also need optional crossbody strap.

For reference, my top contender right now is this:

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Saturday, 9 May 2015 15:26 (eight years ago) link

No fabric, no logos, no hippies.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Saturday, 9 May 2015 15:32 (eight years ago) link

I spent years looking for the perfect bag. I ended up with the Modcloth 'full course load' 16" which is pretty good but kind of heavy/slightly unwieldy. Maybe a bit too many 'things' like functionless padlock but smarter than my usual bags.
I feel like there are tons of quite nice ones around atm whereas they were AWFUL for years

kinder, Saturday, 9 May 2015 19:13 (eight years ago) link

this one was also in the running but muy spendy

kinder, Saturday, 9 May 2015 19:21 (eight years ago) link

But what is it?

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Saturday, 9 May 2015 23:23 (eight years ago) link

Also who are the young(erish) and interesting designers/companies that aren't the mainstream ones at like Saks, Nordstrom's, etc?

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Saturday, 9 May 2015 23:24 (eight years ago) link

mossimo has had a great line of fake leather hobo bags at target, great cheap option with lots of room for crap plus useful pockets & pretty groovy boho slouchy look

my current fave is this Lucky Brand foldover crossbody
mine is in black. I miraculously scored it on clearance at DSW for $60 (!)

i never thought i would regularly use it as much as I have. however: in no universe is it ever foldover unless you are just carrying like, lipstick and a pencil lol. the strap can be moved to clip at the top & just forgo foldover altogether. so i can just stuff it with my chunky wallet etc

i hate it bc the leather is supple and nice that it makes me want a full size Lucky bag sooooooo much & that will never happen bcz $$$$

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 10 May 2015 00:08 (eight years ago) link

also i have a weakness for betsey johnson clearance purses at ross. count so far: 3.
(4 if you count makeup bag)

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 10 May 2015 00:13 (eight years ago) link

Io that tan one is the 'pippa' by modalu and yes it is named after Pippa Middleton

kinder, Sunday, 10 May 2015 07:55 (eight years ago) link

pippa's purse

estela, Sunday, 10 May 2015 08:10 (eight years ago) link is being helpful btw

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Sunday, 10 May 2015 13:43 (eight years ago) link

depending on what you mean by 'chic', i would highly recommend looking at men's bags - women's are never big enough to hold a laptop+ unless they're a tote. eg fossil makes some simple leather crossbody men's bags that imo are totally gender neutral

just1n3, Sunday, 10 May 2015 21:23 (eight years ago) link

zappos has an ok selection

just1n3, Sunday, 10 May 2015 21:26 (eight years ago) link

Thanks! Tote was probably a bad choice of words because I love handbags in the "tote" style, ie having a pair of handles with a short drop. I meant I don't want something like

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Sunday, 10 May 2015 21:57 (eight years ago) link

I've been wanting a tote type bag with short handles to use as a gym bag. The Trader Joe's grocery tote is the perfect size and shape. I can't find a tote style bag that a) isn't too big, b) doesn't totally look like a purse and c) doesn't look like a grocery tote. Starting to check bowling bags, but no luck so far. Any advice gratefully accepted.

Je55e, Thursday, 21 May 2015 17:48 (eight years ago) link

io this one is nice in person, but probably not big enough:

I like having an excuse to look at handbags that aren't nappy changing bags

kinder, Thursday, 21 May 2015 19:04 (eight years ago) link

i am partial to furla tote bags and satchels (only on sale for under $200 - search online at saks off fifth, nordstrom rack, bluefly etc) because they are decently made and hold up well and also have few/no embellishments, only a small logo on some (mine doesn't even have that). i wanted something as nondescript as possible which also wouldn't fall apart in less than a year & i wouldn't have to worry about putting it down on the floor of the metro or whatever. (i care about handbags and purses only insofar as i have a hard time finding any that are boring enough but don't look poor quality)

i'd debated spending a bit more for something like everlane's petra bag or one of these or clare vivier but those don't look like they are as well structured and would lose their shape pretty quickly if you carried a ton of stuff in there like i do. i have a plain tote bag from lululemon for yoga gear - it's pretty sturdy and quite plain except for a little logo on one side that i'd like to cut off but it seems impossible (plus if i keep the logo on there, i can always resell it after i'm tired of using it)

seriously, THIS GUY (daria-g), Sunday, 24 May 2015 23:34 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I like how it looks like a milk carton.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Sunday, 14 June 2015 00:36 (eight years ago) link

i really like that shape!

just1n3, Sunday, 14 June 2015 02:46 (eight years ago) link

The perfect bag and the perfect leather jacket, these remain my unfulfilled style dreams, so many years, hoping, wishing...

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Sunday, 14 June 2015 03:46 (eight years ago) link

i like!

kinder, Sunday, 14 June 2015 12:23 (eight years ago) link

lol robyn I have like 5 Matt & Nat bags at this point, almost all of which we found at TJ Maxx that one summer!

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Sunday, 14 June 2015 13:40 (eight years ago) link

I have a bit of a bag obsession, and I found my holy grail of handbags last year in Paris: it's large, navy blue with red trim leather, with an apothecary bag-style opening. When I walked into this particular store I thought I'd died and gone to handbag heaven.

just1n3, Sunday, 14 June 2015 15:34 (eight years ago) link

Did you get it???

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Sunday, 14 June 2015 15:37 (eight years ago) link

Fuck yes! It was at the end of our trip and I'd already over spent, and I was trying to talk my self out of liking/buying it, but Jordan was like "you'll never find something like this again" (he gets me), so I got it. Will post a pic later.

just1n3, Sunday, 14 June 2015 15:43 (eight years ago) link

knomo has some shit-hot bags fyi (some with integrated battery charger)

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 14 June 2015 16:22 (eight years ago) link

Huh. They seem very studiedly conservative? Maybe it's all the quilting and the Kate Spade-esque apple green.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Sunday, 14 June 2015 16:45 (eight years ago) link

feel like wanting a "perfect bag" or even a "nice bag" is inherently conservative so might as well go all-in

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 14 June 2015 16:50 (eight years ago) link

I reject every part of that statement.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Sunday, 14 June 2015 16:51 (eight years ago) link

"My perfect bag" or "the perfect bag for what I want right now" not the same as "The Perfect Bag" (according to who? perfect for what?).

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Sunday, 14 June 2015 17:10 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

this evening I will go home, open my tired, beat up (I have worn holes in the cordura, folks) black LA Police Gear bail out bag that I've had since late 2010, and take all of my gizmos and notebooks and sundries out, and put them into a Topo Designs Mini Mountain Bag that was [NaN] times the price (the old black bag was conference swag at a thing I spoke at once, for like 20 minutes, seriously, I was free edutainment for less than half an hour, it was a tad ridiculous).

If it is the perfect bag, I will post an update.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 20:51 (seven years ago) link

(I got tired of misusing the backpacks thread)

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 22:03 (seven years ago) link

It is a pretty good bag so far

El Tomboto, Friday, 10 March 2017 14:22 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

I like it. Can you fit a laptop in there? the australian review i watched only tested how many 6 packs would fit.

It's always (sunny successor), Wednesday, 24 May 2017 21:59 (six years ago) link

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