As much as I love my Form Bag (reviewed here), I was looking to switch things up with a part-time backpack. Despite the comfortable and wide Form Bag strap, I still found myself sometimes tensing up my shoulder to carry it. I like that a backpack more evenly distributes the weight of a laptop, so I was in the market for a black leather backpack. I have a few existing packs, but they’re all colorfully nylon.
When the Parker Clay team reached out to collaborate, I was intrigued by their lineup. Their goods are all ethically made in Ethiopia – from the leather sourced from local farmers to the women who are paid a fair wage with employment advancement opportunities. I decided to try out their popular Miramar backpack style. Now that I’ve used it for a few weeks, here are my thoughts so far!
I was fortunate enough to offered an item from Everlane as an affiliate partner last month, and decided to go with the Everlane Day Tote Mini. Since July, I’d been eyeing this newer silhouette of their Day Tote. Originally, I wanted to try out their light taupe colorway; however, it was sold out. So I defaulted to my highly trusted shade, black!
After eyeing the Polène Numéro Un Mini for months, I finally took the plunge and bought a beautiful neutral colorway just in time for wedding season. While I have a few mini black bags for formal occasions, I didn’t have any that pair well with lighter colors in the summertime. As with my Polène Numéro Un, shipping from Spain was very prompt – I received my bag in San Francisco just 4 days after ordering. Now that I’ve used it for a month, I hope you find the following Polène Numéro Un Mini review helpful!
As mentioned in my Polene Numero Un review – I’ve been on the hunt for a stylish non-tote work bag that doesn’t look like a laptop bag and isn’t the ubiquitous Longchamp Le Pliage. Not to knock on the Le Pliage, I have two of them and they are fantastic at hauling around a ridiculous amount of stuff.
The Polene bag didn’t work out as it was slightly too small to fit a 13” Macbook Pro. I was almost about to pull the trigger on the much much more expensive Celine Seau Sangle until I had the idea to check out Everlane.
Funny enough, I didn’t pay attention to the Everlane Form Bag when it first launched despite being a long-time Everlane fan. It wasn’t until I was manually browsing Everlane’s website that I stumbled upon it. I decided to buy and give it a try, as I’ve had good success with their leather goods over the years. I have an older first generation Petra tote that has lasted 7 years and is still going strong!
I purchased the Polene Numero Un in Grey/Gris last month, after hearing initial positive reviews through social media. Originally, I was in the market for a new work bag that could carry a new Macbook Pro and a few other essentials easily. Unfortunately, this bag was just a tad too small for that (more details below), but I have been very pleased with it as an every day purse for everything else!