Archive for November, 2011

Takeout Bags go High-End

via The Purse Blog Everyone is familiar with the plastic bags that the Cast of Vices Corner Store Leather Totes mimic, but as I’ve come to learn over my first six months in Manhattan, New Yorkers have have an even deeper connection to these little plastic totes. New York’s healthy population of bodegas, delis and mom-and-pop takeout joints keeps a steady stream of these bags flowing into use in the city, and where suburbanites might find themselves using a Target or Kroger bag to line their bathroom waste baskets or carry their lunches to work, in New York, the odds are that it’ll be one of these generic designs instead. (Or a Duane Reade bag, but I try to pretend Duane Reade doesn’t exist.) I’m willing to bet that people living in other urban areas have a similar experience, which makes these leather versions (down to the openings in the handles so that they can be racked for quick dispensing) all the more familiar and clever. The embossed black leather give the remade design a decided punk aesthetic, which means that I would absolutely carry one of these bags, even if they are a novelty. I’m just not sure exactly how much I’d pay for one, but if the leather’s as thick and soft as it looks in these photos, then the price isn’t necessarily unfair. Buy the “thank you” or“smiley face” versions through ShopBop for $240 each.

Reusable Tumblers and Travel Mugs

November has rolled around quickly which marks the return of Starbucks’ festive red cups. While the cups are really cute and festive, they are still single-use and disposable. Starbucks offers incentives for bringing your own mugs in as do many other large chains. Reap the benefits economically and environmentally by bringing your own! Here are some of our favourites:

Double wall to go cups (available in red and grey) via CB2, $5.95/each

Made Greener Tumbler, made with 30% recycled material- via Starbucks, $12.95

Birds on a Wire- via Etsy, $24

Wooden Travel Mug- via Etsy, $38

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