The title of this post is a lie. That’s right. A downright, dirty untruth.
But I want one. Shocking? Hell no. I’m always in the market. My current day-to-day is a J. Crew Bowery Drafting Tote:
The genuine article, as of today
It’s horrendously named. I mean, Bowery Tote? Is there anything less related to the grit of NY’s Bowery district than a tote bag? Oh, well. Despite that issue, it’s definitely serviceable, and overall I like the look of it. But one thing drives me up the wall:
That freaking bright orange contrast lining! At first I was totally fine with it, but as the bag stretched out and I started packing more and more weight into it, this has become something I’m having trouble getting past at this point. Why? I’m not really sure. It’s probably because I see it as desperate, blatant attempt to steal styling cues from Jack Spade, and that’s just tacky. I also think it looks a bit strange paired with a black leather jacket, black jeans, and boots (which is a combo that happens not-infrequently). Just too preppy to fit in…
I know, I know. I might be overreacting here. But nonetheless, I’ve got the Godfather of Soul playing in repeat in my brain, because I want a brand new bag (yes, I’ve changed the lyrics to suit my purposes). I’m thinking this one might be a suitable choice: The Alex Trip bag by Property Of…
I’ve actually purchased and subsequently returned a Property Of… bag before because it was difficult to manage on the subway (it was a more traditional messenger style, and the leather-enforced bottom stuck out awkwardly from my back). I will say, though, that the return had ZERO to do with the quality. The thing was top-notch in terms of construction, materials, and all that jazz. And I think that this one might be easier to deal with, despite the similarly enforced bottom, because it’s essentially a tote and will hang lower. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but that’s OK on a sunny Friday.
A couple more looks at my maybe, sorta, possible future bag:
Need Supply has it in stock. They also take some damn fine photos of their offerings (thanks, guys!).
It’ll run you $325. Not cheap, but I can personally attest to the quality of this line, so probably a reasonable price for what you’re getting.
(All photos courtesy of Need Supply. But you already knew that…)
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