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Tote your Technology with Style

March 26 2012




These days we are connected to the world around us 24/7. Leaving work behind at the office has now become a luxury most of us can no longer afford. With that comes the need to carry our technology virtually everywhere we go. For some it’s not even a matter of necessity. With the ability to stay connected and the convenience that technology provides some people simply get attached to their technology. If you’ve ever left home only to panic when you realize you’ve left your smart phone, then you can relate to that emotional technological attachment.

Here’s another example. Take a stroll through Central Park—or any other such busy place—and notice what people are doing. The man in the business suit sitting on the bench is eating his lunch with one hand while checking his mail on his Blackberry with the other hand. The long-haired teen in the skinny jeans speeding past on his skateboard is listening to his iPod. The woman in yoga pants resting under the oak tree is reading a novel on her e-reader while her kids play nearby. From smart phone to music player, technology travels with us in so many ways. Often times we carry more than one instrument of technology.

However, carrying that technology and keeping your sense of style is a bit of a challenge. Carrying your keys and your phone in your hand while juggling your laptop under your arm is not exactly a stylish or safe solution. Here are a few ways to tote your technology fashionably and effectively.

Look for lots of pockets


A bag with lots of compartments doesn’t have to be big and bulky. Take for example the 3 Way Brief by Porter. This elegant, beautifully made Japanese bag has a myriad of smart pockets inside and out and is sleek and pared down at the same time. As its name implies, it offers multiple ways to be carried. You can carry it in your hand, wear it as a backpack, or sling it across your body.

Choose the right size bag


It’s tempting to grab an oversized bag in order to carry everything you think you might need—and more—but this often results in an unsightly bulky bag. The opposite is true as well. Using an overly small bag can cause items to bulge and stick out, detracting from a well appropriated ensemble. Instead fit the bag to your belongings. The slim profile of the Ultra Light Tote by Bill Amberg is the perfect elegant bag for those who don’t have to carry as much to and from the office. For bigger workloads minus the bulk try the smart and functional Clover Tote by ro. for women or the Chicago Brief by ro for men.

Outfit just your technology


If that ever-present iPad is the only thing you carry outfit it with a case that’s worthy of your style sense. The iPad case by Bill Amberg is such a solution with its black leather body and striking red trim or the Abitax felt iPad case which comes in countless enticing colors for both genders.

Botto line: Just because you need to tote your technology doesn’t mean you have to be subjected to unsavory fashion choices. The right bag can help you organize your technology and feel put together at the same time.


Find the Perfect Men’s Bag - for a Woman

March 14 2012



There is something about menswear that has always appealed to women. The comfort of a cashmere V neck sweater borrowed from your significant other, paired with a pencil skirt and layered with pearl necklaces…The loose drape of a boyfriend jean combined with a fitted ribbed tank, bold earrings and penny loafers is another coveted look by many women. I personally love mixing men’s and women’s looks together. Makes life more interesting…and I love pushing the envelope of what’s expected just a tad.

Of course, one of the men’s styles I regularly am drawn to and use is the “man bag or murse.” Men’s bags don’t just have a certain look, they have a certain feel about them. There’s often no fuss about the styling - there’s nothing uptight or formal. They tend to have a clean, tailored look that is minimal and classic and focuses on high quality materials and functionality. Men’s bags can have softer lines as in the coated canvas Small Field Bag by Archival or the Japanese Tanker Tote by Porter. Lots of pockets, wide shoulder straps and cool, earthy colors lend a sense of comfort and ease to their functionality. And they never go out of style. That’s a huge plus in my book.

Fortunately for women, we can have the best of both worlds when it comes to handbags. We can opt for a tightly constructed, sleek clutch to add a touch of elegance to a nighttime ensemble or when the mood calls for it, we can grab a man’s messenger bag or tote, stow a laptop and essentials and go. Worn the right way, either look can be just as versatile and enticing. It’s all about the balance of style elements.

When it comes to a woman choosing a woman’s handbag, much of the decision lies in personal taste. Does the woman prefer something casual with a more amorphous shape or something a little more modern and structured? Chances are the decision is to purchase one of each. However, choosing a men’s bag to be used by a woman isn’t as clear. So how do you choose the right men’s bag?

A safe bet is to browse the “metrosexual” styles that offer a clean design, quality production and plenty of functionality. Small details like leather straps and imported zipper pulls give these bags an understated elegance. These styles tend to look great no matter whether dangling from the shoulder of a man or a woman. Finding a more relaxed men’s style bag is one way to go because such a casual look is often times more versatile and is the least gender specific. Of course a woman can carry a clean elegant briefcase for work or travel that is marketed to a man as well. An example of this would be the Stockholm Tote by ro or the Ultra Light Brief by Bill Amberg. The rule still applies about the right bag for the right occasion. You don’t want to take a laptop tote or brief out for a night on the town. On the other hand, a luncheon with friends or a short jaunt to the park can be just the right occasion in which to try out a unisex bag. Chances are that unisex bag will be something you revisit for years to come so it’s worth paying a bit more good quality.


Finding the Perfect Men’s Bag - for a Woman

March 14 2012




There is something about menswear that has always appealed to women. The comfort of a cashmere V neck sweater borrowed from your significant other, paired with a pencil skirt and layered with pearl necklaces…The loose drape of a boyfriend jean combined with a fitted ribbed tank, bold earrings and penny loafers is another coveted look by many women. I personally love mixing men’s and women’s looks together. Makes life more interesting…and I love pushing the envelope of what’s expected just a tad.

Of course, one of the men’s styles I regularly am drawn to and use is the “man bag or murse.” Men’s bags don’t just have a certain look, they have a certain feel about them. There’s often no fuss about the styling - there’s nothing uptight or formal. They tend to have a clean, tailored look that is minimal and classic and focuses on high quality materials and functionality. Men’s bags can have softer lines as in the coated canvas Small Field Bag by Archival or the Japanese Tanker Tote by Porter. Lots of pockets, wide shoulder straps and cool, earthy colors lend a sense of comfort and ease to their functionality. And they never go out of style. That’s a huge plus in my book.

Fortunately for women, we can have the best of both worlds when it comes to handbags. We can opt for a tightly constructed, sleek clutch to add a touch of elegance to a nighttime ensemble or when the mood calls for it, we can grab a man’s messenger bag or tote, stow a laptop and essentials and go. Worn the right way, either look can be just as versatile and enticing. It’s all about the balance of style elements.

When it comes to a woman choosing a woman’s handbag, much of the decision lies in personal taste. Does the woman prefer something casual with a more amorphous shape or something a little more modern and structured? Chances are the decision is to purchase one of each. However, choosing a men’s bag to be used by a woman isn’t as clear. So how do you choose the right men’s bag?

A safe bet is to browse the “metrosexual” styles that offer a clean design, quality production and plenty of functionality. Small details like leather straps and imported zipper pulls give these bags an understated elegance. These styles tend to look great no matter whether dangling from the shoulder of a man or a woman. Finding a more relaxed men’s style bag is one way to go because such a casual look is often times more versatile and is the least gender specific. Of course a woman can carry a clean elegant briefcase for work or travel that is marketed to a man as well. An example of this would be the Stockholm Tote by ro or the Ultra Light Brief by Bill Amberg. The rule still applies about the right bag for the right occasion. You don’t want to take a laptop tote or brief out for a night on the town. On the other hand, a luncheon with friends or a short jaunt to the park can be just the right occasion in which to try out a unisex bag. Chances are that unisex bag will be something you revisit for years to come so it’s worth paying a bit more good quality.






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