Bags

Bento Bowl

This Bento Bowl won’t make your life any better if you never bring your lunch to work. However, if you do, then it stands a fighting chance to make your midday break a little more tidy and enjoyable. Styled after the traditional Japanese bento box, this bowl system is layered and stackable to separate your meal and transport it safely. You’ll be delighted when your lunch isn’t smushed or mixed with your other snacks or drinks- unless you like disintegrated chips or crushed fruit all over your sandwich. Maybe you’ll even get creative with a little bento box art, hmm?
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Price: $18.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Rose Gold Colla Card Holder

Do you need a Rose Gold Colla Card Holder from Otaat? Maybe not, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting one. Once pocket holds your dolla dollar bills and/or business cards, all in a lovely rose gold cowhide leather case. And, if you prefer a less shiny (i.e. more conservative) version, Otaat has a black, camel, and navy options on their website.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

The Prepster Emergency Survival Bag

Too lazy to put together your own emergency survival kit? Don’t you worry, you can buy the Prepster Bag and be fit for any disaster, for 72 hours at least. There’s a hand crank radio and phone charger, a first-aid kit, ProBar® Meals, BOXED WATER IS BETTER® waters, tools, a tent, LED flashlight, and so much more. It’s assembled all for you, in a striped and monogrammed bag, no less. If you had this the next time a fire, earthquake, or hurricane rolled around, would you be more prepared? Definitely. Could you buy all this stuff yourself and possibly save some money? Probably, but will you ever get around to it? There’s also the Prepster Lite ($145.00) for a trimmed down version.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $345.00 - 395.00
Available from: Preppi

Rolo Luggage

Hmm, would packing and unpacking be easier with this Rolo rollup luggage? For shorter trips, it just might. There’s a hanging hook, so it will fit practically anywhere- closet, door, etc.- without taking up much room. Once it’s up you can easily see all the contents without rummaging around, or packing and unpacking just to get to one thing. And, seeing as you roll it up for transport, all your clothing is compressed to minimize the overall size. Take a look over at Rolo’s site to see more info and pics.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Available from: Rolo

Laser Etched Pouches from Molly M Designs

Should you want or need a laser etched leather pouch, head on over to Molly McGrath’s site, Molly M Designs. There you’ll find a sizable array of geometric patterns etched upon various sized pouches, and, happily, you can pick the color you like most for your clutch/wallet/business card case. There’s also laser cut trivets and coasters made from 100% wool merino felt as well as a fair amount of geometric jewelry, if you’re interested.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00 - 100.00
Available from: Molly M Designs

Pennant Belt Holster

I think it’s safe to say that most holsters are generally unfit for the discerning eye, especially when paired with a phone, as was popular when mobiles first became popular. Now, if you’re wearing a holster for tools, as in actual tools for a job or craft, it’s entirely forgivable, especially if it looks anything like this Pennant Belt Holster. It’s just strange enough to be interesting, and, of course, looks quite convenient for holding the tools you need immediately at hand.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Scarr

Soffio Macbook Sleeve Backpack

There’s nothing wrong with a little scuffs here and there on a great leather bag, especially when that bag keeps your 15″ MacBook Pro pristine. This Soffio Macbook Sleeve Backpack is made of high quality untreated leather that protects your Macbook, with space for an iPad, a magazine, a moleskine or A4 documents. The front removable pocket perfectly fits a charger, or, more likely the case, just use it to carry all those other smallish things you need upon your personage. The straps may be changed around for use as a briefcase, shoulder bag, or backpack. Remove the straps and pocket altogether and it’s simply a sleeve.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €210.00
Available from: Soffio

Toby Bag Small

Would you like to see a cool box bag that you can use horizontally or vertically? Okay, here you go. It’s the Toby Bag, and you’re seeing the small size (there’s also a large). An all-around zipper makes things fun; open it completely as a work surface (or placemat, as Otaat suggests) if you so desire.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $585.00
Available from: OTAAT

Flip and Tumble Tote Bag

This sturdy bag is made entirely from 100% recycled-plastic bottles. I keep it in my daily commuting bag and it’s great for unexpected trips to the market. Folds flat, and when open measures 12.5″ wide, 15″ tall, with a 4.5″ gusset and features a flat plastic bottom.
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Price: $24.00
Available from: Flip and Tumble

Aer Duffel Pack

Your gym shoes stink. Don’t feel bad, it happens to everyone. However, that smell shouldn’t keep you from working out before, during, or after work. The Aer Duffel Pack keeps the smelly clothes and shoes separate from your laptop and office essentials, all in one bag. There’s the main compartment for clothes and such, a ventilated shoe pocket, a padded section for laptop and tablet, and a side easy-acess pocket for smaller items.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Orbit Collection Bags

There are several simple messenger bags out there, and the Orbit Collection by Sputnik Zurich most definitely belongs in that category. There’s two pockets and one strap. It’s a rectangle. Don’t yawn yet, though, because the bag incorporates reflective stripes to make sure you stay visible at night. The stripes will completely surround your torso; that means you’re safer no matter what direction you (or the vehicles around you) plan to go. The front, back, and straps all have reflective material, so you’ll be able to wear the bag on either shoulder.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00 and up
Available from: Kickstarter

Craig Large Carrying Case

Don’t be dissuaded by the size, the Craig Carrying Case is not necessarily a clutch purse, though it could be if you so choose. Japanese stationary brand Delfonics brings us this option for storing a small laptop and a magazine. One large zipper pocket buttons down over an open pocket on the front, in a size that’s handy enough to carry on its own or stash in a larger bag. It would be sort of perfect for travel, don’t you think? One place for the essentials: iPad, passport, eye mask, etc.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: SHOP Cooper Hewitt

Funnell – EJECT | WEAR

You know when you’re riding your bike or walking on the street and all of the sudden it starts to rain? You have to stop, get out your rain gear- if you have it- and put it on, then pedal or walk to your destination partially soaked, which is really no fun at all. That’s exactly where this backpack comes into play. A jacket ejects out of the backpack quickly (see the video below) to cover you and your pack sufficiently. It’s slightly super-hero-ish, and looks pretty easy in terms of function and use.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $188.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Yield Picnic Bag

Any bag that unfolds into a blanket wins points for versatility, but it also gets a gold star for making it easy to embark upon an adventure at a moment’s notice. Throw the necessary goods in the Yield Picnic Bag and then take off for your destination. One zip and the bag unfolds to a blanket- the perfect thing for a picnic (or a playdate, if kids and toys are involved).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Yield Design Co.

Everlane Leather Laptop Case

If your laptop sleeve is looking tired, perhaps you might consider retiring it in favor of this super minimal laptop/document sleeve from Everlane. A thinly padded interior protects your laptop and the no-nonsense exterior is devoid of any extra trimmings, which means you’ll look every bit the part of the successful [your career choice here]. A zip-top closure that wraps around one edge ensures that you can easily slide your device and other papers in and out with no fuss.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $138.00
Available from: Everlane