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 Post subject: help me find a bag
PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:31 am 
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So I know have a job title that involves the word "director" and yet I'm still carrying around this crappy tote bag that has both a stain and a hole now. I feel like it might be time to upgrade? These are the rules:

I want to be able to carry a ton of stuff, including a laptop that measures 13 inches across (but I can put it in a sleeve, it doesn't have to be a laptop bag, and I also want to carry it when I don't need my laptop), and then also a million other things. Like lunch. And paperwork. And several lip balms and pain relievers. Etc.

I want it to look like it belongs to a grown-up but like, a cool grown-up. I think black is boring. I want it to look more like a purse than a briefcase even though I kind of want it to do the work of a briefcase I guess. Nothing too rectangular. I like this one from Matt and Nat ok but apparently it is sold out everywhere and also no one seems to like Matt and Nat now.

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I'm willing to splurge but I call it a splurge when I buy canned beans instead of dried, so not like SPLURGE splurge. Just like, I could see myself maybe spending like $150 but I would really rather not.

Thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: help me find a bag
PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:00 am 
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http://www.modcloth.com/shop/handbags/e ... g-in-black
I like this one from Modcloth ok but the reviews make the quality seem not great. Plus I still think black is boring. But the size and pockets are perfect.

Hopefully that gives some idea about what I'm looking for anyway!

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 Post subject: Re: help me find a bag
PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:25 am 
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Is that the Laika bag from Matt & Nat? I'm planning to get that in black. They're restocking it in January, I believe, and their new collection is being released in February. Why do you say no one likes M&N now? I haven't seen anyone say that. I have the large Jorja bag and I love it. It's fantastic for work but I also carry it as my regular handbag.


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 Post subject: Re: help me find a bag
PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:33 am 
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It's the kintla. I found it somewhere in black but nowhere in the gray. I feel like I've read a lot of stuff about their quality declining, and if I spend that much I'd like to know it will last a while--if I get something from Modcloth at least I'll expect it to fall apart.

I found other options though, and they are all fairly affordable, so that's exciting.

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http://www.zappos.com/roxy-romancing-cr ... copen-blue

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http://www.lulus.com/products/big-buddh ... 87258.html

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http://www.brooklynindustries.com/bags_ ... ather-tote

I don't know about the quality of any of those though.

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 Post subject: Re: help me find a bag
PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:29 am 
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Ah, I meant Kintla! The names are similar so I got them mixed up. It's been a while since I bought my Jorja bag, but the quality of it is great. I also have a wallet from a few years ago that I love. I can't vouch for their current quality, but I hope it's still good. Are there any stores in your area that carry their bags so you can see them in person?

If you order a bag online (such as on Modcloth), I recommend reading reviews first. It can be so hit or miss, especially with vegan bags. Modcloth does have really cute bags, so it's a good place to look. You can find vegan bags in department stores too. Macy's and Nordstrom have plenty if you browse around a bit. I have a few bags from the kempton collection by Michael Kors (http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/mich ... slotId%3D9). They have a good variety of sizes and colors. The large is especially roomy. They have several pockets inside and a handy clip to put your keys on.


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 Post subject: Re: help me find a bag
PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:13 am 
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epcarie wrote:
Is that the Laika bag from Matt & Nat? I'm planning to get that in black. They're restocking it in January, I believe, and their new collection is being released in February.
That is a gorgeous bag, especially in that grey color!
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I have the large Jorja bag and I love it. It's fantastic for work but I also carry it as my regular handbag.
I used the large Jorja bag as my workbag/purse for a few years and I loved it, too. These days I have a Crystalyn Kae handbag (which I love but could wish were a bit more roomy) and a separate briefcase-type thing, but I might want to go back to just carrying one bigger bag, so I'll be watching this thread with interest!

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 Post subject: Re: help me find a bag
PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:36 am 
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I am currently using M&N bags bought within the last year, and I am very happy with the quality. I also have a pansy maiden bag, I used it for awhile before I opted for the M&N bags, it lasted and was durable and well made.

Pansy maiden is a bit spendy, I've been admiring this bag: https://www.etsy.com/listing/212734184/ ... vs_view_16

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