my favorite purses are waaaaaaaaay expensive. they are by my friend Rita, the company is called Mylinka. the specific purse i buy a lot of is "skyrockets".
i have three of them
she makes some of hers with gun holsters, too... so its not so odd for me.
and yes, they can be removed easily or just left there but you stuff a book in place.
mind you, for women who DO carry a hand gun, its nice to have options. i considered getting a permit, since i am a jeweler and at higher risk.... but since i am now not working in gold anymore i shelved that plan.
It just surprised me when I came across it. And made me laugh.
Oddly enough, you might want to look at Bible purses too. Some have slots for pens/highlighters to mark certain passages.
I'll see if I can find my one from my old Mormon days. :P
Here's what I mean by Bible purses/scripture totes:http://deseretbook.com/store/browse/1045
You may want to choose to purchase elsewhere. Note that these little buggers can be rather stylish, if I do say so.
But lacking in across the body styles. And that is requirement one.
2010-04-18 04:47 pm (UTC)
Just a suggestion...
Have you considered going the Etsy Alchemy route?
My reward to myself after I'm gainfully employed (and can justify it) is to post an Alchemy request describing EXACTLY what I want in a messenger bag. I'll even include dimensions and a diagram. If I can get precisely what I want (including reinforcements at the points that always wear out first), I'll pay more than I usually would because I plan for it to last for a while.
2010-04-18 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Just a suggestion...
I'm really not willing to spend that much on a bag and I am HARD on my things, try though I might. But I will look into that as a possibility - thanks!
may i point out...
if the bag you like is just lacking in "cross body" ability...... its EASY to replace a strap.
just get a swivel dog clip at each end of a long strap, and clip it on if the purse has d rings.. otherwise cut the old strap..... fold the ends over a pair of D rings or O rings..... sew down.. then clip on the cross body strap
2010-04-18 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: cross body bags
Hmm, good point!
I've been looking for a variant of a geek shoulder holster
for a while, but have not found any with nearly enough pockets. Besides, the nice leather ones sell for around $200.
And besides part 2, I seldom wear a jacket and certainly won't in Florida this summer!
i recommend the Ameribag Healthy Back Bag. (ameribag.com)
The Baglett is perfect if all you want to carry is wallet, keys, phone, and glasses (and possibly a tiny notebook and pen as well). the baglett will hang inside any of the larger size bags (except the Large Baglett. I personally LOVE my Large Baglett, and it's my daily bag, but it's only availible in one format). While they are a touch expensive by themselves (especially if you want it in leather), they are super-easy to find on Ebay for reasonable prices. the Extra-Small and Small both come in widebody (or used to - i can't find it on the website anymore, but you should be able to find them on ebay) so they have a bit more space if you like.
I second the recommendation for these bags. I love mine - a pocket for every small thing, plus a large compartment that will hold a large book, a water bottle or a rain jacket depending on the situation. And it's super comfortable cross-wise carry
A really good bag is going to cost $85 or more. I have one that I've had for 15 years (microfiber) by Hobo International, that is a brilliant purse, and I still use it for certain things. It was $85. I used it daily for about 5 years, until my needs changed. I still use it though, at least a few times a month.
My favorite bags are by Timbuk2 and HoboInternational.
My husband designs bags and we have been getting a lot of the samples. We have a really nice Marc Jacobs one that we are prob going to sell on Ebay that might fit your needs. It retails for about $350 and is gorgeous leather. S said he'd take $100 for it, if you want me to send you a pic.
I occassionally think about keeping it, but S says I have enough bags (KILL JOY)! He's right. My daily bags are all from Timbuk2 and they last FOREVER, are tough as nails, etc.
Send a picture; I am, at least, curious.
BTW, did you get the cookbook???
That's the purse I gave my daughter - she adores it.
My boss gave me a purse 7 years ago, and I wish I knew where she got it. She picked it up when traveling - somewhere - and it doesn't have a brand or maker's tag in it. It's an across the body purse so small it's practically invisible, yet I swear it's a Bag of Holding because it holds everything I used to carry in a messenger bag (except my lunch). It has pockets and clippies everywhere and holds all my needs and Itzl's. When it wears out, I'll deconstruct it and make more.
Wow, that bag sounds awesome.
I absolutely LOVE cross-body style bags. But I love cute bags, and it's so hard for me to find in that style. And I love practical bags as well. That are also cute. And now, I want one that will also carry my DSLR camera. I'm having one hell of a time trying to find this! (especially since I also don't want to spend crazy amounts of money on it, after finally getting over my Coach addiction).
We were at the Coach store when I was in California, and I have to say that I Just Don't Get It. But I am not much of a purse person.
Try camping/outdoor stores, which sell various-sized manbags.
I have the same problem. I require across the body cause my medical issues do not let me use others without pain.
My problem is finding one with pockets. I've got serious nerd purse and have to have organizing pockets for all my techtoys so I can find them easily. It's hard enough to find over the shoulder ones nowadays but finding ones that aren't just one big section seems impossible.
Well, the Gun Tote'n Mamas may just be able to help you!
Check out diaper bags. This is actually what I expected to find under your cut. They are becoming quite fashionable and practical -- obviously lots of moms like to have both hands free, and there are always a ton of organizing pockets inside.
But WAY too big. I don't want to go up to Messenger Bag size, and the diaper bags are definitely there.
No one found it sort of startlingly amusing that it was a gun???
I don't spend a lot of money on bags, either, but I'm pretty sure I would spend the money for that bag.
That is awesome! (And I don't own a gun, either.)
I'm still thinking about it.
You might take a look at Timbuk2.
You can make a custom bag on the site or buy one of their pre-made ones. Erik and I have both used them and they are very high quality.
Although the bag you're looking at is quite interesting. I like the gun compartment, and would probably use it as such if I ever get my Sig Sauer Pistol. (I'm not holding my breath. My Erik is a typical anti-gun liberal.)
Again, either too large, too expensive, or too gaping. I am getting more and more ready to buy the bag here, since it really is everything I want.