Bags

compact grocery bag

I bought some compact grocery bags when I was in japan and I just love them. They’re so small when put away, and yet really sturdy when you fill them with your groceries.

Weighs a mere 1.5 oz. – it’s the lightest reusable shopping bag on the market
Made of rip-stop nylon that simply will not tear
Handle fabric doubled for comfort
Designed to fit over supermarket checkout frames
Opens to full sized bag that holds over 25 lbs.
Folds into tiny sack attached to inside of the bag (unique feature)

(This item’s link was updated 11/19/09.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.95
Availability: Buy compact grocery bag here

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Josh Jakus Um Hold

I liked the concept in the larger bags, and I like it in the coin purse too.

“Josh Jakus Um Hold is about the size of a softball, but much more useful. Made from gray pressed felt (approx. 85% wool and 15% mixed fibers). And available in blue, gray, green, or orange self-locking zipper. 5.5”x4.5”x2.25””

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Availability: Buy Josh Jakus Um Hold here

Belkin laptop@home, designed by Mike and Maaike

These might be an answer to all your laptop accessory/storage/transport-around-the-home needs. They are created to “enhance comfort” when using your laptop at home and there are a few different versions that you can choose from.

Made of durable, hand-washable material.
All available in Silver, Orange or Green.

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.99
Availability: Buy Belkin laptop@home, designed by Mike and Maaike here

Nava Soft Long Leather Messenger Bag

This messenger bag features a turning latch, a secret inside pocket with zipper and an adjustable shoulder.

Purchase Information:

Price: $294
Availability: Buy Nava Soft Long Leather Messenger Bag here

Marc Newson Back Pack

If you’ve been wanting a Marc Newson bag but didn’t like the price tag, here’s your chance (if you like yellow).

Back pack designed by Marc Newson for Samsonite Black Label. Extremely lightweight back pack features padded laptop pocket, several organizing compartments and pockets. Adjustable straps. Laminated foam.
13in X 16.5in X 6in

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Availability: Buy Marc Newson Back Pack here

Logstoff Bags

Now that there is a bigger effort to create and market bags and totes without all the unnecessary accoutremont it’s fairly easy to find something unoffending, but rarely do I find something that I think is actually designed. I mean that in the sense that the designer is redesigning from square one, reconsidering all the standards of the past in favor of ergonomics, proportions and new materials. I think this is a fine specimin. A bonus (?) is that I don’t think there are any retailers in the states so if you decide to order one it will be the only one on your block.

More information:

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FLAT HAT HANDBAG BY BOMBDESIGN- LEATHER WITH FELT

Bombdesign is a young label for furniture and product design based in Berlin- looking for new interpretations of the everyday object and rethinking the obvious. Is it a flat hat? Is it a handbag? Flat hat’s most important detail is a zipper that makes it possible to live inbetween the dimensions, between the flat two-dimensional an non-functional shape and the three-dimensional functional shape of a very linear handbag. For travel and storage unzip and roll up…

Purchase Information:

Price: $198
Availability: Buy FLAT HAT HANDBAG BY BOMBDESIGN- LEATHER WITH FELT here

La Valise Case

“A stylish new way to organize yourself and transport necessary documents. The Valise can be used as a filing system or an attractive briefcase.” Might not make the best everyday briefcase, but is a great way to transport files around an office.

Design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2003.
Injection molded ABS. Made in Italy by Magis.
14.5″ L x 12.3″ w x 3.3″ d

Purchase Information:

Price: $52.00
Availability: Buy La Valise Case here

Portfolio-oh!

This is a great little bag for carrying documents or possibly even a small laptop.

Available in red or charcoal felt.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Second Skin Laptop Sleeves

Something like this would protect your laptop from all the little bumps and bruises that it might endure otherwise.

Built to fit like a second skin
Stretches to fit 14- to 15-inch laptops
Large case accommodates widescreen laptops
Durable, flexible high quality neoprene
Wipe clean; machine washable

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Double-Sided Business Card Holder

I think I know a handful of people that could use one of these…

(have I said before that I love MUJI
products?)

“This popular aluminum case features two sides that clip open and close to reveal up to 10 business cards per side. A perfect accessory for holding both your own personal cards and others. Holds 20 business cards total.”

2.25h x 3.5″w

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Availability: Buy Double-Sided Business Card Holder here

Lexon GIVE N TAKE Business Card Case

Continuing the trend in the double-sided business card holders, the Lexon GIVE N TAKE certainly does the job with style.

designed by Sam Hecht.
Available in Grey or Biege.
Capacity 15 cards.

3.7″ x 2.4″

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Lexon GIVE N TAKE Business Card Case here

“Carry” Handbag

The design of this handmade industrial felt handbag is quite smart…(industrial felt is made from factory waste scraps, so it’s even smarter than it looks)

“This ingenious design is the result of its simplicity — the bag is nothing more than two layers of a cleverly shaped piece of felt and a zipper. When entirely unzipped, the bag lays completely flat. When zipped, it becomes a beautiful — and super-useful — bag.”

Available in two zipper colors: Orange and Blue.

Dry clean only.

100% industrial wool felt, Lampo metallized coil locking zipper, nylon stitching.

12.5″ tall x 9.5″ wide x 5″ thick

Purchase Information:

Price: $118.00
Availability: Buy “Carry” Handbag here

Handbag-Hook Keychain

We featured another one of these about a year ago, but the key-chain part will guarantee you won’t forget to bring it with you when you leave the house. It’s purpose is to hold your handbag when you go to a restaurant to prevent you from having to put it on the floor or in the chair next to you.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20
Availability: Buy Handbag-Hook Keychain here

City Shopping Bag

One thing that annoys me about most bags is the lack of a pocket for bottled water. This bag has that, as well as having an external pocket, presummably for food, which is screenprinted along the outside of the bag. Or you know, maybe it’s not for food. Maybe that’s just a trick to throw off would be thieves.

“Lassus’ City Bag was designed as a large shopping bag but is also perfect as a general tote. This is Alessi’s first “bag/carrier” and is destined to be a cult object. Bag is composed of durable polyester with polyurethane zipper and features an external pocket as well as two internal pockets – a large zippered pocket as well as a bottle holder pocket. Bag is screenprinted with the word “FOOD” which graphically runs around the piece. Available in orange or gray. This piece is part of Alessi’s Spring/Summer 2006 Collection and can be ordered now for an expected delivery in April.”

notes: measures 18.75″ x 7″ deep x 13.75″ height

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Availability: Buy City Shopping Bag here