Sunday, May 8, 2011
Have Bag, Will Travel
This summer I am spending a week at a different university, where I may or may not run into James Franco, and I would like to outfit myself with a smart travel bag.
I want something that engages with textiles in an attractive way and avoids any Boy Scout associations. Ideally, the bag would not scream any particular designer label, but would be beautifully, intriguingly, under the mainstream radar.
Here are some bags I've been looking at, through my virtual vitrine:
The top bag is by Margo Selby, one of my favourite British textile designers. I have one of her scarves, in a textured bubble print, in shades of verdigris, aubergine, and blue, and adore it.
The next two are by the British designer Susannah Hunter. In the interest of full disclosure, I bought one of her handbags several years ago and returned it because I did not like the interior (loose crushed velvet, if I remember) for a handbag. (I like a more structured interior.) But for a travel bag, let crushed velvet interiors rule!
Finally, here's a bag by Mulholland Brothers in "cayenne." I like the peppery color because it's not "pretty," but oddly appealing. It's not trying to be Hermes "orange," and it has ruggedly feminine flavour. Dare I say that this cayenne is "hot"? (No; I would never utter [or write] such a Bruno Tonioli-inspired phrase.)
Do gentle readers have any travel bag recommendations?