Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Fashionable ways to stay tech savvy

I remember the first time I went to Amsterdam, I went to the Waterlooplein market to scout around for essential goodies. It was the year the keffiyeh was the real “in” thing, and I bought myself one in multicoloured tie-dye which, to me, was the …

Wed, Feb 3, 2010, 09:31

   

I remember the first time I went to Amsterdam, I went to the Waterlooplein market to scout around for essential goodies. It was the year the keffiyeh was the real “in” thing, and I bought myself one in multicoloured tie-dye which, to me, was the ultimate in subversive trend-following. See? I’m wearing a keffiyeh, but not like you’re wearing a keffiyeh! While I was there, I saw the most amazing laptop bag in black and white cow hide. (I believe, but I may be wrong, that they’re called fresians? What do I know, I see them outside my window on a daily basis. . .)

At the time, I think it cost around €100, which isn’t huge money compared to what I now spend on shoes, but I was only about 21, unemployed, still studying, and I couldn’t really afford to be blowing a week’s allowance (thanks, Mum) on a bag for a laptop I really only used in the house, rarely carted anywhere (this was before the days of plug sockets on trains, the one good thing Irish Rail has done in a decade), and didn’t really need to be carrying around, cow hide or no cow hide.

But oh, how I have regretted it since. (And that regret may explain my newly found compulsion to buy everything I even vaguely like, for fear I will not get the chance again and then will see thousands of girls wearing it and be oh so very sorry.) Nothing I’ve seen has come near to its splendiferous beauty, although some have tried, namely:

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Brown satchel from the Cambridge Satchel Company

These satchels have been on my radar for a while, since Jessica got one, then Dena, then all of a sudden I was the only kid in school without the Nike Air Maxes! Or something. The bags themselves are gorgeous; a lovely, boxy shape, serious vintage credentials, and enough room to put a laptop in and then some. Prices start at around £60 for the smallest satchels (13 inches, enough room for your iPad, perhaps).

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Rebecca Minkoff laptop bag, via New York magazine

There’s something irresistibly Chanel-esque about this stylish, modern laptop bag from Rebecca Minkoff. The gold detailing, thin black strap, monochrome effect that reminds me, in a not entirely repulsive way, of vintage aircraft seat covers. . . it’s all really, really lovely. Much better than the canvas IBM monstrosity I’ve been toting around (resisting the temptation to throw my laptop into my Marni bucket bag, which is massive and could easily hold it but may just be ruined in the doing – oh, how much easier would my life be if I was in possession of a Mac?! Answer: much easier). Best news? At $98, it may be the cheapest designer-looking bag you will ever purchase.

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Last but not least, this gorgeous leather-look satchel from Asos’s menswear departmentI know I’ve now included two satchels, but they’re undeniably gorgeous, are they not? This one is such a steal, too, at £28 and while I’ve had bad experiences putting laptops in cheap satchels (ripping, mainly), I’d happily take my chances on this one. It just reminds me of Sherlock Holmes and dapper gentlemen, neither of which can be bad in any way, shape or form.

So what’s your poison? Where do you carry your laptop? Do you put your handbag through the agony of staying whole while supporting your netbook, or do you allocate it its own little carry-case?

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