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In the Bag

blog_beauty1I was desperately in need for a new purse. My Anthropologie brown leather bag had finally died after two years. But it was going to take something special to replace it. And the most important feature—it couldn’t be too deep—you know the sort of bag where everything falls to the bottom and gets lost? That was the problem with my last bag. So, when I happened upon this clever and whimsical bag during a recent trip to New York, I knew I had it, “in the bag.” Created by a husband and wife artistic team who spearhead Brooklyn Industries (a very hip clothing and accessories store in Brooklyn and Manhattan), this bag is one of a kind. Well, at least as far as Santa Cruz or California goes. And besides the clouds and bird design, it is enormously functional. It features a large and wide pouch that is also shallow, so things can’t get lost. Two smaller pouches are on each side and attach with a magnetic closure. Inside are two roomy pockets, and hidden on the outside of the bag are two small side pockets. It’s colorful, original, and practical., $68.

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