Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bag em Up

For those living in the city (or so I've heard), it’s very normal for a person to leave their home 
around 8 A.M. and not return until late that evening. This is not because they dislike the comfort 
of their own homes, but because it’s just too inconvenient and time consuming to go back. With 
that being said, owning a bag that can hold all of your daily necessities is a very valuable thing, 
although not all bags are created equal. Depending on your profession and lifestyle, there are 
different styles of bags that are tailored for each individual. If you are in the market for a bag that 
will suit your daily routine, take a look through this quick guide, identify which category you fall into, and see which bag you should be carrying for your everyday needs.

For the Student
Herschel Supply Co $70
Herschel Supply Co has been around for less tha five years but they've quickly garnered quite a following. This is one of their top selling models. Constructed in a tough canvas with leather on the bottom for durability, this bag will hold all your books easily and still leave room for a few other small things to get you through the day, With a price point coming in at well under a Benjamin, it can still be considered a good investment for an undergrad with little to no income. Even with the affordable price, considering its durable build it should last you until you get your master's. It may even get your son through high school. 

For the Techie
MacBook? Check. External hard drive? Check. Mobile hotspot? Check. Small satellite? Check. 
The daily gear for a techie can be both massive and fragile at the same time. You can’t put 
your expensive electronics in just any bag. This one is by Fjallraven (pronounced fee-all-ra-ven), 
which simply means "arctic fox". It was actually invented by 14 year old Swedish backpacker 
Ake Nordin. Backpackers have lots of heavy gear to carry around that would cause their bags 
to sag, which would produce an immense amount of back pain. Nordin constructed a bag that 
was partially framed with wood so it wouldn't sag. Fast forward to the age of laptops, and the 
company made a modification and added a new line specifically to hold a laptop of up to 17'' 
with enough room to start a mobile data center. Your precious cargo is sure to be kept safe and 

For the Creative
If your profession lies in the world of creativity, then you most likely have lots of supplies that 
you need to carry around every day. Totes are perfect for that kind of thing. This half camo/
half electric orange concoction from Jack Spade is glorious choice. The orange section is made 
from Cordura, which is a military grade fabric that is resistant to tears and scuffs so this baby 
will last. Artists need sketchpads, pencils, brushes, and maybe even a camera for when they 
pass something that strikes them as interesting and inspirational. Cooks need a bag to stow their 
daily picks from the market. All of their fresh herbs and produce will fit neatly in this bag. Just 
be careful with the meat and make sure that it’s double wrapped. Blood stains can be tough to 

For the Office Guy
When it comes to luxury goods, Thom Browne is one of the best. This "Doctor's" bag is put 
together with the finest calf skin leather, and made complete with an oxford cloth lining in 
Mr. Browne's signature red, white and blue stripes. There's a generous amount of space inside 
this bag with enough room to carry however many files or documents you need to close the 
deal, along with a box of cigars to celebrate with afterwards. A bag like this will give you the 
confidence to walk into the boardroom like you own the place. Because let’s face it, if you can 
afford this bag, your name is probably on the front door already. 

So there you have it. A brief glance at what you should be carrying around in your day to day life 
to ensure that your daily necessities are transported in style. Just make sure that the bag you choose is an extension of you. It's a functional accessory that should flow with your look. Otherwise, you'll just end up looking like a try-hard, which will forver be considered an epic fail. 

-Words edited by Felicity Rhode

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Go Western

One of the latest "trends" that is trying to pick up some steam are western shirts. I lightly say its a trend because they've been around for over 100 years. They wore them to set themselves apart from the city slickers and they were made famous by movie stars of the 50's.

Some telltale characteristics of a western shirt are the two yokes located around the collarbone area, one or two yokes in the back, chest pockets, and my favorite, the snap buttons. History says that the snap buttons, first implemented by Jack Weil, were used so that if the short we're to get snagged while caught up on a fence, saddle horn, or anything for that matter, the buttons would just snap away as opposed to ripping off. 

Shirt by Wrangler

I've been seeing them pop up here and there over the last few seasons from a few brands, and Ralph Lauren has been making them since the beginning of time. Maybe it will catch on to the mainstream. Or maybe it will just be a niche trend. I happen to like it. As a matter of fact, I used the whole western aesthetic in my final project for my textiles class. My one rule is just be sure not to go full on cowboy and wear it with a big Texas belt and boots. I like to try to keep it modern and less costumey with a slide buckle belt and loafers. 

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you would have seen a picture of my final project before I put the finishing touches on it.

If you're looking to give the look a try, I've listed a few options for you to browse.

UNIQLO x Michael Bastian

Michael Bastian

Polo Ralph Lauren