Saturday, June 14, 2014

Practical for a change

Practical for a change 
I’ve come to realize the majority of my bags are statement bags. Even my everyday tote bags still have something that makes them special. And my everyday bags get beat to crap carrying folders, binders, tablet, books, water bottle, etc… big and heavy items that really aren’t mean to be carried in my nice leather bags, like my poor crocodile Futura.

I do have a Lollipops black/orange paisley canvas tote I’ve been using but after 7 years the faux leather parts have mostly pealed off, and the inside middle zipper compartment is ripping at the seams, the beading is off in places—in other words it’s worse for wear. Not to mention when I’m swapping binders, books, and folders out during the day, it’s a pain to shove them back in by the end of the night.

I rarely use my beautiful laptop bag—it’s heavy empty, and by the evening, I’m fed up with dragging it around. I even had the cobbler move the shoulder cushion so that it can actually sit on my shoulder. Also its’ slim profile—great for papers, but not great for those bulky round items (lotions, water bottles, umbrellas, and those stupidly massive sunglass cases) that I schlep around.

I know I need another bag like I need a whole in the head, but I can justify adding something utilitarian. Something that is meant to withstand the abuse of those tedious 12 hour days on campus. I know some people really love their Pliages (I actually bought 2 as holiday gifts for co-workers last year), but I don’t like the brown flap. Nice for other people, but too…not me. I have that disconnect of paying money just to have the same thing as 357895715 other people. Those Planetes are beautiful, so chic in black even in purple. However, the sizing differs from the Pliages: the small is too small, and the larger size is massive. And not much by way of interior pockets in the Pliage/Planetes either. Also, despite people’s testaments to their durability, I’m always skeptical of large bags with small straps. Plus, the bag is too “nice” and I don’t want to spend that much anyway. I want something that still looks nice, but wouldn’t be precious. So why not a backpack then? I did that for 20 years, unless it's an epi Randonnee--I'm too old for that.

4 comments:

  1. This is a very tough call. I just use my 'nice' bags and sometimes an organic cotton tote for overspill s. Would love to know how you solve this problem x

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    1. I tried the cotton totes, but they began to tear under the weight.

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  2. I think a common issue for many! I long gave up trying to fit everything in one bag and began to use a medium shoulder bag plus a leather tote - had one by Furla but that fell apart not from overuse, the glue and seams just undid so that was the end of that brand for me. Fortunately I scored a preowned Longchamp Roseau tote over 10 years ago and it's still going strong without looking the least battered (through public transport and economy flights). This is the older version with a non fabric lining - I'm not sure what it is, maybe not leather even but strong. Mine is the 15" length across the base and it's perfect for files, folders and manuscripts. I sneak a water bottle in there sometimes but usually not (either in my shoulder bag or on my desk). I don't like the Pliage either and a slouchy tote is hard for me to access easily. The Roseau has passed the test over time, lightly structured to hold its shape but flexible enough to accommodate the extras, light and durable - not to mention a steal at less than $100 preowned. Mine is tan and I want to find another black one in fact! Good luck with your search!

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    1. I looked at the croco Roseau several years ago, but they were too shiny for me. Still an elegant and understated choice. I actually ended up with a croco Furla. I’m surprised to hear you had a bad experience with them.

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