Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Fashion: Queen Bee/Chickpea Bags

It is well-documented that I am a total bag FREAK. I have more purses, bags, backpacks, totes, and satchels than any sane person could possibly use in a lifetime. And yet, there's always room for more.

Meet Queen Bee & Chickpea Bags.

Queen Bee is for grown-ups - bags, wallets, & bike panniers. Chickpea is their line of baby bags and accessories. Both are very cute. All the stuff is hand made at their studio in Portland, OR.

I actually have two of their bags; a trucker bag in a now-discontinued leaf pattern and a "laptop jetpack" (a discontinued style) in a lotus pattern. I love them both. I had really, really wanted one of their diaper bags when Piper was little, but I couldn't justify spending the money. By the time an awesome sale came around at the same time my husband wanted to know what I'd like for an anniversary gift, she was out of diapers and so I had to settle for the trucker-style bag. My laptop bag only rarely gets used for laptop transport; it has d-rings and convertible straps on the back so it can be a backpack or two styles of shoulder bag. This made it my main bag for much of last summer, when I was taking commuter-train trips downtown once a week with Piper to pick up our CSA box and then we'd spend the afternoon wandering downtown, going to the library and playing in the fountain. My Queen Bee jetpack was the only one of my many bags that was light enough to carry all afternoon, big enough to hold snacks, drinks, swimsuit, towel, change of clothes, and small toys, and versatile enough to keep up with our activities. I love that thing. And someday, when I have a shiny new laptop, I will actually use it to carry a computer around.

However, what I'm really lusting after right now is an Edith:

It comes in large and small versions.

I love them both, although I like the proportionate look of the small one better. I'd probably need the large one, though, because for some reason I seem to need to carry a massive amount of crap around with me these days. Either way, I wouldn't say no!


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Antoinette said...

The Edith is sweet!