A few months ago, I was reading a book that espoused the idea that women need only one bag, a signature bag that they carry everywhere and own (in all senses of the word) ’til their last breath. Part of me thinks that is just crazy talk — ONE BAG FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE?! — but then another part says, “Yeah, I dig it.”
The part that digs it is the side that is really into sustainability AND style. It’s the part that checks out The Uniform Project almost every day and loves vintage clothing and obsessively hunts Etsy for perfect little handmade pieces.
And I think I’ve found a few candidates for my perfect bag.
Suzanne’s Bag Manifesto
The perfect bag, for me, should be:
- Enduring (leather or canvas are good options) and well made.
- A classic design (or inspired by a classic look).
- From a company that is small or special or interesting or emphasizes a special product.
- Priced to imply a good product, but under $200.
- Large enough to accommodate all the normal purse items (wallet, cell phone, lip balm, keys), as well as the strong possibility of a notebook and paperback (I am a student, after all) and occasionally a file folder or two from work. Big enough to fit my Macbook, too, for when I want to hang out at the coffee shop.
- Simultaneously work appropriate and weekend appropriate. It should look great as a carry-on item when I travel and should have room to fit airplane entertainment (magazines, a few books, iPod).
- Androgynous. It should *almost* look like a man’s bag. This is not a requirement, but it seems to be a unifying element in the top candidates.
Uh oh. I just discovered that moop introduced a new messenger bag. I’m in trouble. Did I say I only need one bag? Forever?
A final caveat: The perfect bag MAY have an accomplice, known as “the perfect small bag.” Such an accomplice is perfect for these items: cash, keys, lipstick, ID, cell phone. “The perfect small bag” will look good with a pair of skinny jeans, a cute shirt and flats (for running errands on the weekend) as well as with a little dress for date nights. But that’s really a different story all together.