design that protects: computer bags + bikes

by Grace Bonney

i’ve admitted my love for “handsome travel bags” so the fact that i’m loving this natural felt and leather laptop bag may not be a surprise. when it comes to travel, i really love heavy duty detailing like thick leather straps, buckles, and brass snaps. i’m always on the lookout for good laptop bags (i like to have few options, so i can switch them out when i feel like a change) and this bag from portel is definitely at the top of my list. based in estonia, portel makes a beautiful series of felt and leather cases for macbooks and iphones/ipod, ranging from $21 for the phone to $54 for the laptop case. and, if you’re an early-adopter like my husband, you might like the felt ipad case portel is selling as well ($49). i really love the sturdy, army green straps that you can buy- i can definitely see myself toting one of these around next fall. they have that cozy but cool feeling i love in a travel bag. click here to check out (and shop) portels’ collection online.

speaking of protecting things you care about, i’m also LOVING these handcrafted wooden bike fenders from nick at red tail fenders in montreal. each fender is handcrafted from woods like poplar and oak, and is available right here on etsy for only $40. i’m already dreaming up ways to get my hands on one of these bikes– but i can only imagine how cool a vintage or thrift store bike would look gussied up with one of nick’s fenders. click here to check out nick’s collection and shop online. thanks, olivia for the tip!

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