Bag: Howard Street Satchel courtesy of Botkier; Phi pumps; Topshop hat; H&M dress worn over an old men's shirt
As far as accessories go, for me, bags have typically been an afterthought, but necessity. I've simply never been much of a "bag girl," though I've always been quite the "bag lady". Get it? Typically, I carry a ton of stuff with me, usually in some throwaway shopping bag or tote (I carried a backpack - a real backpack, not a "fashion" backpack - with my life in it all throughout Fashion Week). Which I guess makes it a little ironic, or totally apropos, that I hosted Fashionista's "What's in Your Bag?" and that my first real job in NYC was at a (now closed) bag boutique on Stanton... though both of those gigs played a part my current appreciation and understanding of a good bag.
My taste in bags is rather utilitarian. I love a big, sturdy bag (or backpack) that can take a serious beating. So when my friend Tanya at Botkier sent me their Howard Street Satchel, I was in love. It is massive (though they do make a smaller version) and has the perfect amount of pockets - enough for easy access, but not so many that they get loaded with useless crap. It fits everything; my spare shoes, sweater, DSLR, and then some with room to spare. And I just know it's going to look better with age & wear.
I'm pretty confident this (and a couple canvas totes) will cover my bag needs for a while - though I will continue to lust after a Proenza, Chanel, & Wang as well. Thank you Tanya and Botkier! [Oh, and did you know it's pronounced an Americanized "Bot-key-err" not the French way? I definitely didn't!]
What's your dream/ideal bag? Anyone have tips for downsizing all the crap I carry (besides downsizing my bag haha)? It's giving me back probs.
and check out my Q&A on Botkier's blog here
Botkier Howard St. Satchel; Yaya Aflalo skirt; Sam Edelman booties
Disclosure: Botkier gave me this bag with no obligation to post about it nor any compensation for choosing to do so. I simply love it and wear it, so I had no problem sharing it here.