When I was all of 23 (which was actually not that long ago), I was complimented by an older French colleague (the kind of super cool older French colleague you long for recognition from) for my very fake MontBlanc briefcase that I had bought at the Russian Market in Phnom Penh a week before. I had hoped it would help me solidify some sort of professional image…and it worked! Since then, I have been obsessed with the notion of the perfect work bag. Whether it’s a briefcase, a messenger bag, or a laptop case, there is a perfect one out there for you which can contain your entire life! It can make you seem the put-together, super-organised, young-professional you are, while the inside of the bag might be quite the opposite.
There is totally a perfect bag for you out there. I’m obsessed with leather. Specifically a nice chocolate that’s sturdy and will hold up for years and decades. The bag also needs to be structured. No flipping and flopping of your documents, files and folders allowed! A vintage one would be even better and I’m insanely jealous of friends who inherit the formerly fabulous bags of their elders. And I actually kinda prefer men’s bags….they hold so much more and are often more utility driven than smaller, slightly more “delicate” bags designed for women (which are totally being revolutionized these days!).
So since I’ve been up to my…well, not neck, more like knees – in applying for jobs, I found myself oh so excited about the bags that come with employment! These are some faves!
And now for one that’s a bit non-sequitur, but also a bit more affordable…. Don’t you love this colour? This year the Cambridge Satchel Company has paired off with ASOS to bring a collection of affordable (around £100) leather satchel bags that are just adorable in their range of colours!
And now for some tomboy stylings….
And finally, I fell in love with this line of bags the moment I saw them on Cup of Jo! Lo and Sons have such purpose-driven designs that they’re perfect for me since I tend to carry my life in my bag and I also tend to be a bit messy too. Though they’re a completely different design from the ones above, I love the fact these bags will probably save my life when I can afford one.