crazy for carryalls

car·ry·all  (kr-ôl) n.

1. A large receptacle, such as a bag, basket, or pocketbook, used to carry things from one place to another.
2. A closed automobile with two lengthwise seats facing each other.
3. A covered one-horse carriage with two seats.
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The terms “bag”, “purse”, “clutch” all conjure very different, but specific, modes of transporting things like your license and lipstick from point A to point B.  I prefer the term “carryall”; one, because it’s origins are French (hence definitions 2+3) and two, it’s a better describer in that it is decidedly nondescript. Regardless of the size of your accessory du jour, it’s carrying all of the things you need, otherwise you wouldn’t be carrying it right? (okay, I’ll admit there may be a slight flaw in logic here; after all, many bags tend to carry more than we actually need while other times we find ourselves with gym bags, purses, lunch sacs, shopping bags, et cetera. Unfortunately, the only solution for this latter problem is to wheel around a suitcase!)
Whether you’re carrying light (license, credit card, lipstick) or you’re Boy Scout prepared (handiwipes, bug spray, fiber bar, extra tights in case you snag the pair you’re wearing…), there’s sure to be something here that strikes your fancy!
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Left, Artecnica launched a bag made of discarded billboard posters last year and they’ve been copied ’round the world since (in Taiwan they give away tiny versions of this carryall with a lunch purchase from the 7-11!) Another feat to tackle on my lasercutter!

This computer case, right, by Faux Bois is a knockout way to tote around your laptop. Wood grain on non-wood objects is so of this moment; detailing looks to be impeccable. If only it weren’t tipping the scale at $100+.

There’s something so incredibly elementary-school-field-trip about this waistlet (as in wristlet, but for your waist), left,  as it charmingly crosses the style threshold. The fine leather belt integral to the carryall (you won’t find any plastic snaps, nylon bands or colorful zippers on this baby!) elevates the fanny pack concept from tacky tourist meets thrift-store diver to carefree, world warrior.

Above, right: Knuckle Box, Alexander McQueen; the ultimate clutch, slip four fingers through the “rings” (also, instant jewelry!) and you’re ready to hit the dance floor.
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