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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.

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

Images: Samsonite website
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.

Your Guide to Selecting the Perfect Everyday Work Bag

Your Guide to Selecting the Perfect Everyday Work Bag

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We all yearn for it. Search high and low for it. We admire others’ and ask where we can find it. You know what we are talking about. A bag that is mostly used for work but can transitions from desk to dinner with ease. While the everyday work bag can vary by person, there are certain components it must have to be considered perfect.

1) Lightweight

Because you will fill your work bag with many items, laptop and gym clothes included, choose a bag that is lightweight. One way to determine the weight of a bag is by picking it up when empty. Our recommendation: stay under 2 pounds. You do not want your bag to be the cause of any back or shoulder problems.

2) Durable

Choose a bag that is well-made. One that will hold up over time, scratch resistant, and is constructed from good fabric, which we will discuss next. There is an abundance of fashionable yet functional options on the market.

3) Waterproof(-ish)

Look for a material that is waterproof, like nylon, or waterproof-ish, like leather. Avoid materials that when wet will seep through the inside. Another consideration, choose a bag that has an inner lining of nylon or similar. So, when something spills inside, it is easy to clean.
Photo: LeSportsac website

4) Spacious

A work bag should be big enough to carry your essentials and then some without being overly large. A large bag will most likely be heavy when filled and bulky. On the flipside, a mini bag will not be sufficient. Finding the right balance is key. The right dimensions will depend on the shape of the bag; however, this is a good range: height 12-15 in, width 12-16 in and depth 4-5.5 in.

5) Minimal Color

Select a bag that is minimal in design and color so it can match many outfits. While a flashy color like neon purple would be super cute, it would clash and would not be versatile enough for an everyday workbag. Instead opt for a neutral or simple color.

6) Easy to Open

A really, really good work bag is easy to open BUT secure when closed, like a zipper. Contents will not fall out if the bag is turned upside down when zipped. Also, latched bags work really well, like a briefcase. Stay away from “open-mouth” bags because contents can easily fall out or get stolen.
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Photo: LeSportsac website
Photo: Samsonite website