October 9, 2005
My new commuting bag
As I started to look around for a new commuting bag, I returned to the basics. A Kate Spade Nylon Messenger bag. I had to laugh when I decided on that bag since I have wanted one since around 1999 when they first came out (I think) which was when I started working in Boston, and for the first time was exposed to fancy designer bags everyday as I walked down the street.
I started looking for this bag on ebay a few years ago, but it was still too popular and the bids always went higher then I wanted to spend. But now, since the bag is so old and not as popular it was actually easy to find one on ebay. Because I didn't buy it in a store I can't be 100% sure that it is authentic, but it looks pretty good to me. Just to be on the safe side I am going to pop into a Kate Spade store one of these days to compare.
I do wish there were more pockets (why don't bag makers GET this???) and I almost got the diaper bag version since I liked the inside pockets. But I'm able to fit a day's worth of stuff inside including my lunch and a book to read, so the size is just right for me. Plus the nylon cleans up well, and when I got caught in the rain the other day walking home the bag looks just fine once it dried up.
I almost didn't buy this bag because I felt that it was a couple years old, outdated, and I should be a little more "cutting edge" but then I realized that if I liked it since 1999 then chances are I won't get sick of it anytime soon.
You can read reviews about this bag over at ebags.com.
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