October 18, 2013
It all started with the fanny pack. Growing up in the 80s we had it all figured out- carry your stuff in a stylish (often neon colored) pack around your hips. It obeys most of the rules about a good travel bag: accessibility, comfort, even weight distribution, and it was even stylish to wear it in front- an added bonus for security.
But then this ingenious invention fell out of favor with fashion and ultimately became unhip. We are now back to the times of sporty shoulder bags, nylon and polyester materials, and variations on the number of unusable pockets. Can you tell I used to be a fanny pack fan? I won a neon-green fanny pack in the fourth grade and my life changed forever… we were stuck at the hip and never left each others side *wink*
The next best (or worst) thing was the money belt. What happened to accessing your cash without undressing in front of the cashier or running to the restroom every time the bill comes? Once I decided that the whole money belt thing is a complete scam, I started looking for a decent travel bag. One which could hold my camera, wallet, water and other necessities and not look like I was going on an expedition to Everest. A simple balance of function and style. And since 2004 I have been searching.
This year I gave up searching, too many trips with less than perfect day bags. Armed with a bit of knowledge about bag construction and a love of making things, I decided to make my dream bag. And so, without haste, let me introduce you to Revel & Roam’s newest project!
For the past few months I have been designing, prototyping, and testing two different travel day bag designs. I am focused on re-thinking the travel day bag, an essential item for every traveler. My ideal bag has solutions for keeping everything organized, quickly accessible, yet safe, secure, and, of course, stylish. These are the core design principles I am working from:
gentle on your clothes and inviting to touch. (no velcro or rough cordura) well designed pockets: easy to find and ones you will actually use! thoughtful spatial
quick access to camera, sunglasses, wallet, etc., no more black hole bags)
save your goodies from water, pick pockets and other mean situations
for snapping an iPhone photo with your right hand and reaching for your shades with your left, all without missing a beat
different situations require different levels of access and security so you are free to focus on your surroundings instead of your bag
In the coming months I will be hashing out the details of the designs, sourcing materials, and getting these bags ready to sell. I don’t yet know how all of this will happen and I’m sure there will be obstacles along the way, but I am really excited to to see this through! I hope you stay tuned to see our story progress and share in the process. I know I will need your support and I welcome your input, if you are willing to share it.
Here are some sneak peeks of the progress so far. Howie and I spent our summer holidays in Spain, and we were able to test the designs. Still not perfect, but we learned a lot about how we use the bags and what still needs work.
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