On day two of New York Fashion Week I decided I needed to bring my laptop to Lincoln Center. Problem: To encourage my own compliance with my no handbag experiment (inspired by Emmanuelle Alt’s chic handbaglessness), I did not bring a bag with me in which to carry a laptop. I had envisioned using my phone for everything from taking photos to writing blog posts. However, typing on my iPhone was testing my patience (the spelling corrector changes NYFW to “nude,” which is kind of the opposite of fashion week, but I digress), and I wanted to upload and post photos from my big girl cameral rather than my camera phone. My only option for a stand-in laptop bag (technically not a handbag?) was my Shotwell shopping bag (there it is above looking a little worse for the wear), which I’d carried my lunch in for the cross-country flight. My laptop fit, albeit not super securely, and heck, there was even room for the camera, so I threw that in as well. The straps threatened to rip at the seems, but I told myself I had no choice. I was here for work and I needed my laptop.
Throughout the day, my Shotwell bag collected The Daily Front Row, some Tres Semme samples, water bottles, an ASOS catalog and lookbook, and various look lists from the shows I attended on day two. Hm, perhaps these are reasons why a handbag is sometimes essential? After all, even dudes carry briefcases. Is my experiment destined for failure?