I know you are already thinking that I have lost my mind...how is it possible for a laptop bag or briefcase for that matter to be hip? Chic perhaps (briefcase that is), but the term laptop bag brings up so many visions of the internet heyday with men in their shorts, socks and Tevas carrying around padded or nylon computer bags...YIKES!!! OK, maybe it wasn't quite so bad in the Silicon Alley (we are in NYC!) but travel to the birthplace of the internet, Silicon Valley and I am here to tell you that even twenty years later that sad geek look is still prevalent. As far as I am concerned, those boys and yes girls (even sadder) are a lost cause, so instead I am going to focus on my immediate world...one where we are so fashionable that the thought of having to carry around the laptop makes us quiver in our YSL's and Louboutins. I used to cram mine into my much too expensive and yes, often fragile handbags and pray that a strap didn't pop. I still see many of my male friends with an overstuffed briefcase or worse yet, one of the aforementioned atrocities (functional yes, but still ugly all the same).
So what is a perpetual chicster to do? Well I have found the perfect solution...Dean in Los Angeles. Dean was opened in 1999 and is a mainstay on the LA shopping scene. It is a leathergoods store with a unique design aesthetic...part vintage/part modern, they combine old world methods of construction with 2009-relevant shapes and interesting new leathers (the site provides an overview of the skins they use). All of the bags are handcrafted, which you know I love...buying a bag from Dean is like buying a piece or art.
The bag that is the inspiration for this story is their Whip Stitched Laptop Bag. The skin is strategically cut and sculpted to create soft architectural lines, subtle studs adorn the face of the bag and the whip stitch effect adds texture and an old school feel. The bag is only $275 and is available in 8 different skins...I personally love the distressed leathers as they add more depth and personality to the bags. If carrying a laptop is not your thing, they also offer a slightly smaller version simply called the Whip Stitched Messenger Bag, which is so beyond chic in the distressed brown, though I am really into the distressed white as well ($250). If you an big time environmentalist Dean has something just for you as well. They design an entire bag line from recycled leather jackets. Each bag is made from a different jacket, so each is one-of-a-kind...how fab is that? Finally, for all you cool cats out there, their leather cuffs are downtown chic (so Edward Cullen), so make sure to play around on the site so you don't miss out.
Who said being a computer geek can't be cool? Just adjust a few small details and carrying around your laptop never looked so good!!!! Techies and non-techies...rejoice!