I’m not a person who likes to own a lot of bags. I have my “big” backpack for travelling overnight. I have my “small” shoulder bag for when I’m going on a “keys, wallet, phone” type occasion. Then I have my main bag. The main bag is a small backpack with some internal pockets for separating my essentials, makeup and sewing gear, and some external pockets for my tin whistle and cutlery/straw as well as a space I can hang a couple of reusable shopping bags.
Over the past few years I’ve worn my way through objectively too many backpacks. It takes me approximately 4 months to destroy a modern zip on a commercially produced backpack, then another 2 months of living with it/repairing it before I can’t stand the fact opening and closing my bag is a pain.
A little context: I carry quite a bit of “stuff” so that I’m prepared for almost everything. I’ve got my notebook for note taking, manuscript paper in case I have a musical idea, I’ve got a sketch book and pencils for those random art ideas, a kindle in case I’m bored, origami paper for the same reason. This all creates a weight that’s simply too much for the average backpack, and causes zippers to disintegrate.
I hate changing bags. It’s why my “main bag” is the bag I use 99.9% of the time. I’ve had 6 bags over the last 3 years. I hated the process of “moving” bags, I hate the waste that’s associated with changing bags (trust me, I’ve tried to repair the zips many times. The repairs always break too). When my last bag broke I decided that enough was enough and I was going to find my forever backpack.
This thing had to be small, it had to be durable, it had to be well made, and if it had a “main zip” it had to have a repair guarantee from the manufacturer. I probably looked at 200 bags before deciding to go with this lovely bag from Leafling bags. It’s sturdy, waterproof, super cute and the main compartment is zip free which means it’s Jen proof!!!!!
I know that finding “the perfect bag” might seem superficial, but when you’re creative and carry creative materials all the time, the perfect bag can be the difference between making a thing and not. For instance, when i’m using a broken bag I’m much less likely to use my notebook because it becomes an ordeal to remove the notebook, close the bag (for those who haven’t used a finicky zipper you have to close it slowly and carefully to make sure the teeth meet and don’t come apart). When returning the book to the bag I would then have to find the perfect placement, otherwise the zip simply wouldn’t close.
For clarity, this post isn’t sponsored. It’s just such a relief to have a “stuff receptacle” that isn’t going to fall apart on me in 6 months *touch wood*. It’s also nice to be able to support a solo creator. They’re handmade in Hungary by a lovely lady named Gabriella (who I believed started making out of a similar frustration with commercial backpacks falling apart). You can find out more about these bags here https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/LeaflingBags and here www.instagram.com/leaflingbags/
Speaking of handmade! I made the skirt I’m wearing in this shoot. I honestly think it’s one of the prettiest and most professional pieces I’ve ever constructed. Also I found the fabric on the sale rack in spotlight for $8 a metre!? AND AND AND I have enough left over to make something else…. to say I’m a happy chappy is underrated.