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« on: May 04, 2008 11:56:38 AM »

So I'm going to New York City to celebrate getting through my first year of Fashion Design School and I wanted a new bag to bring with me.
I started looking around for ideas and I liked the simplicity of the Duffel bag but I wanted to be less tempted to put it down, and so I made it a shoulder bag. It has a round vinyl bottom and a strap with vinyl on one side and the cotton of the bag on the other. It makes a really good bike bag too- it doesn't get near the back wheel and the vinyl protects the bottom from wet splatters. Perfect!

I went for a black and yellow theme, so here's the inside:

Not sure if this is the absolute safest, but i made the top with a drawstring

I also made a version with no pockets for the boyfriend:



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can anyone from New York City tell me if they would wear this for style/safety reasons?
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2008 01:43:30 PM »

Okay well since no one has yet commented heres what I think
Im from New Jersey and live nearly half an hour from the city
so I can kind of give you some insight...
Let me just say its nice and well constructed
its perfectly wearable and I would assume its safe
except that it might make you look kind of touristy/ backpacker like- if that makes sense
but mainly- after spending hours at a time in NYC the main thing is comfort so if it doesnt kill your back after a while, good. And make sure the drawstring stays closed tight.
Other than that happy travels! if youre on St Marks Place check out Klongs its a thai place =]
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2008 02:06:08 PM »

BethyG, I really like your bag. I like the stencil-look a lot, and love the houndstooth on the inside of the second one. I lived in Brooklyn & New Jersey worked in Manhattan for 6 years, and am actually going back there to visit next week, so great timing!

In terms of safety, the most important thing is to avoid making something look tempting, and just always be aware. For your bag, people always say to make sure the strap is thick so it can't be cut easily and the bag just pulled off of you. You've definitely got that going with the vinyl, plus the strap looks nice and wide. If you're on the subway, I would definitely take the bag off and put it in front of you - I always put my bag in between my feet if it's off my shoulder so that I can feel if anyone is messing with it and it's easier to keep an eye on. I like to make sure my bag is easy to take off and put on so it's not hard to put in front of me quickly.

I wouldn't put anything in the pockets on the outside because they look pretty tempting if they were full, and they look pretty easy to get into without you noticing. I usually like zippers more than drawstring or snaps, but if you knot the drawstring tight and tuck the strings in you should be fine. I definitely like how it's tall, and the vinyl on the bottom is awesome. Over all, just have fun and be aware - no stopping on the sidewalk and staring up - that's a sure sign of a tourist!

Sorry this is so long. I think your bag will be great for your trip. Enjoy that great city!
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2008 02:12:44 PM »

My only concern with it is how unfriendly it is with retrieving items. I have never been a fan of long, skinny, vertical bags for this reason. You have to take EVERYTHING out just to get to the item on the bottom. If this isn't an issue for you than go for it!

Enjoy NYC, and congrats on your completed year!

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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2008 03:26:36 PM »

is that for touring around? I would keep money and valuables in your pocket, but that would be super to transport your stuff! Great travel bag!

Enjoy NYC! and congrats on getting through your first year!
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2008 04:29:41 PM »

yeah, i didn't intend to keep it with me to go walking around, just more as a transporting stuff to and from (from airport to my friend's apartment). i want to get a smaller purse to carry under my arm or something. i dunno- i keep thinking about the pros and cons of every bag i own and trying to determine which is the safest/best. what do people in New York wear?!? i haven't been there in a long time and i only see know what fashionable people in WWD surrounded-by-body-guards-and-don't-have-to-worry-about-getting-their-purses-stolen wear.
that's what you get for being a fashion major in Ohio gets you.
i know what looks good but not as much about function...
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2008 04:45:31 PM »

what do people in New York wear?!?


haha thats great
NYC is just like anywhere else.
jeans t-shirt sneakers- whatever you feel comfortable in
as for a purse something small that leaves your hands free would be alright
Personally I dont like to carry a purse I keep everything in my pockets but yeah...

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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2008 05:13:53 PM »

I think this is great! I'm not from NYC so no idea on that part, sorry.

though, I usually tour in Europe and the only thing I would have about that is it might be heavy after awhile. I mean, it hold a lot, so watch out for weight
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