Product Review

María Rufina: Foldable Designer Handbags Inspired by Origami

María Rufina: Foldable Designer Handbags Inspired by Origami

Image: María Rufina website
María Rufina, a burgeoning handbag brand out of Mexico, is on to something with its purses that resemble folded origami and are leather free. Its short handle folding bag has many features that make it a must-have bag for stylish professional women.

Product Details

  • Model Name: Shopper Zipper Folding Bag Short Handle
  • Materials: Exterior: Neoprene; Interior: synthetic suede
  • Colors: Exterior: black; Interior: assortment
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 12 in x 4.5 in x 11.5 in

Review

True to its name, the bag is constructed to be entirely collapsible. It has brilliantly placed side snaps that blend into the design yet come undone, along with a top zipper and handles that can be detached. Then, the bag lays flat and can be folded and stored in other things, like a gym bag.
However, it’s not your run-of-the-mill folding bag made out of cloth or nylon. This one is much stronger. It’s made out of thick neoprene and has a synthetic suede lining. Which, by the way, the customer gets to select.
Now here comes the fun part, you can mold the bag. The neoprene surface has a laser cut, origami-style stitched pattern which makes it pliable.  Poke in the sides and bottom and you have created a uniquely shaped handbag.

Highlights

  • Entirely collapsible
  • Origami aesthetic
  • Moldable shape
  • Unique handbag

Why It’s Recommended

María Rufina foldable handbags are unique in aesthetic and design. Within 2 mins, you can deconstruct and reconstruct the bag and mold it to your liking. They are perfect for toting to the office or folding in a suitcase for travel. Visit the website to see the full collection. Note, prices are listed in pesos and might need to be converted.

Muji Desk Fan: A Must-Have for Keeping Cool Out of the Office

Muji Desk Fan: A Must-Have for Keeping Cool Out of the Office

What do you do on hot days when you can feel the heat but not the air conditioning ? You plug this portable fan into your computer and let it roll. Muji’s USB desk fan is a smart work accessory for any space.

Product Details

  • Model Name: Low Noise USB Desk Fan
  • Brand: Muji
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 4 in x 3.1 in x 5.4 in
  • Weight: ≈ .50 lbs
  • Colors Available: Assortment
  • Other Details: Cord length ≈ 35 inches

Review

Almost weightless, weighs less than half a pound, this mini fan is powered by USB. Made out of thick, coated plastic , it is quite sturdy. The fan’s base is flat allowing it to sit even on surfaces.
Once hooked up, the desk fan has two output settings. The first level of output provides enough relief that there’s rarely a need to turn it higher. If you do, the second level offers a powerful output with further reach. Additionally, the fan’s head tilts to provide additional angles of airflow.
The best thing about this fan is that it makes very little noise. Actually, when operating, the fan is almost silent, emitting only a minimal level of sound, which is ideal for quiet workspaces. Put it this way, your co-worker next to you is probably much, much louder.

Pros

  • Fantastic air quality
  • Very, low-noise output
  • Tilting fan head
  • USB cord, attached to base
Cons
  • None

Why It’s Recommended

This fan is like the little engine that could. And it is small and portable, making it useful beyond work or travel.  It is powerful, emitting enough air to keep you comfortable without actually having air conditioning. So, what are you waiting for, relieve the heat with MUJI’s USB desk fan!

Samsonite’s Executive Bag: Carryall for Those That Travel for the Job

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Samsonite’s Executive Bag: Carryall for Those That Travel for the Job

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Ample space, well organized, and great for wherever your career takes you, Samsonite brings a minimalist approach to a highly tricked out work bag.

Product Details

Review

This bag is constructed out of textured leather with a synthetic inner lining. The textured leather gives sturdiness to the shape of the bag and protects against the appearance of scratches. Both the inner and outer materials are conducive to maintaining the bag. Because the lining is synthetic, it can be wiped using a damp cloth without ruining the interior. And the outer material won’t ruin easily when wet.
The next attribute of this bag is its convertible features. Easily go from handheld to shoulder strap to crossbody with the attachable, adjustable strap. Another handy things is the pass-through sleeve on the back. Luggage handles slip into the sleeve for a no-carry hold which is essential for people who travel often for work.
Lastly, there are plenty of compartments built into the bag. There is a main zip compartment which has a laptop divider, an inner zip pouch, and two additional pockets. Also, there is a front and back snap compartment to fit an iPad and other contents. All in all, it is a highly functional bag.
Changes or Critiques:
Weighing over 2 pounds the bag is more than our recommended weight for a workbag. However, it does not necessarily feel any heavier than other leather bound, sturdily constructed bags. One small change to the bag’s design would be to add another leather option. A hard leather with a glossy finish would be ideal although the textured leather does help with scratches.
Pros
  • Constructed out of good materials
  • Convertible features a plus for ease of use
  • Spacious and organization dividers
Cons
  • Weighs over 2lbs empty

Why It’s Recommended

Samsonite’s Executive Leather Women’s Brief Bag is extremely versatile and has nice features. It’s a medium sized bag. So, if you like bigger bags, then this is ideal for you. If smaller bags are your preference, then it’s still not too big. Basically, it fits the needs of a good, professional work bag or an impeccably stylish travel bag.

Secrid Cardprotector: RFID Blocking Wallet to Protect Against Theft

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Secrid Cardprotector: RFID Blocking Wallet to Protect Against Theft

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Are you always on the go, an avid traveler, or a credit card toting individual? Then you might want to secure your information with SECRID’s Cardprotector. Unobtrusive and unique in design, this cardholder has RFID blocking technology to protect against credit card fraud. Made for you in Holland, this wallet is sure to be a talking piece.

Product Details

  • Model Name:  Cardprotector
  • Brand: Secrid
  • Colors Available: Assortment
  • Product Dimension (L x W x H): 63 x 103 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 48g
  • Other Details: The Cardprotector has a bottom lever to pop the cards out. Fits up to 6 cards.

Review

Pros:

1) RFID Blocking to Protect Information

The highlight feature is the RFID blocking technology. Radio-frequency-identification (RFID) is a wireless data collection method that transmits information. The cardholder is made out aluminum and stainless which blocks that wireless communication to prevent credit card theft. This attribute is highly desirable because nowadays your credit card information can be stolen through your wallet.

2) Hi-tech Design

The Cardprotector has a great design. Coated in a metallic color tone, it looks cool and has a lever that makes accessing your cards clever, one pull and everything pops up. Additionally, it is compact, slim enough to fit in your pocket or a small purse without weighing it down.  

3) Built to Last

Because the cardholder is made of aluminum and stainless steel, it is pretty durable. It will not bend or break easily. And it holds up nicely when it comes to scratches or marks.

Cons or Changes:

1) The only thing to be aware of is that if you put more than 6 cards in the case, they may get stuck. Also, we do not recommend keeping paper cards in the case, like business cards, etc., metal or plastic only.

Why It’s Recommended

A safe and simple way of keeping track of your credit cards and protecting your information. The Cardprotector from SECRID is minimal in design yet polished and professional, making it a conversation starter to whoever sees it. It is definitely a worthy investment.

Gallery Leather: The Best Planner for Women Who Get Stuff Done

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Gallery Leather: The Best Planner for Women Who Get Stuff Done

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If you are thinking that planners are not modern, think again. Technology is great but nothing is more dependable than pen and paper. And when it comes to your success, dependability is everything. Not to mention, each year there are numerous articles on what planner to buy. So here is a review on the absolute best planner for women who get stuff done aka Gallery Leather weekly planner.

Product Details

  • Model Name: Leather Desk Weekly Planner
  • Brand: Gallery Leather
  • Colors Available: Assortment
  • Product Dimension: 8” x 5.5”
  • Other Details: 1 ribbon marker as a placeholder

Review

Pros:

1) Slender, Sturdy, and Gilded

One of the nicest things about this planner is that it is very appealing to the eye and professional. Coming in a wide variety of colors, the planner is leather-bound and filled with gilded pages to help with easy page selection. The leather is flexible yet sturdy, adding to the quality and longevity of the planner.  With all that is included, the planner still fits nicely in your bag or in the palm of your hand.

2) Easy Access to Past and Future Dates

A highly desirable feature of this planner is that it includes a full layout of calendars (24 months)—one past, present, and future year —at the beginning of the book. It also provides a snapshot of the year at the bottom of each page to make planning easy. Additionally, it comes with ample room to jot notes or an agenda for each day of the week. 

3) Perfect for Travelers and Unbound Women

The number one feature that makes this planner absolutely the best and sets it apart is that it includes a travel section. Need to change your flight? Gotcha covered. Do not know a country or area code? No problem. Towards the back of the book, there are maps, time zones, transportation numbers, special dates, and more. Some editions even include conversion charts. This has to be one of the most resourced planners on the market.

Cons or Changes:

1) There are not any downsides to this planner. The only modification to suggest is to have more than one placement marker. Because this design is well-thought-out and highly organized, one extra ribbon placeholder would be handy. However, one placeholder is standard on the market so that is just a wishful idea.

Why It’s Recommended

The Gallery Leather weekly planner complements professionals, travelers, and the unbound woman. It is leather bound, making it sturdy, slim, and comes in an assortment of colors to match your taste. More importantly, it is extremely detailed, keeping you well-organized and resourced all in one place. It really is an exceptional product and a favorite.