A few seasons ago, I gave myself an arm workout with the Alexander Wang Rockie Bag. Made of lambskin and suede with heavy silver rivets all over the bottom part, I could stuff a lot of things in it: a notebook, water bottle, pressed powder, mints, pens, several lip products, foldable ballet flats, a book, a power bank, plus a long wallet and so on.
Since I love carrying a lot of stuff, I would also be the type who needs to empty my bag to look for one single thing. Enter the PVC bag trend.
Spring 2018 gave us the trend: Chanel rendered their version in a classic 2.0 silhouette and so did Celine via their chic shopper bag.
Now that it’s 2019, the PVC bag is on its way to being a staple more than a passing trend. I think that’s because it forces a bit of a lifestyle change.
My work bag is currently a clear tote with my laptop, notebook, a Muji pencil box, and one pouch which contains my mints, one lipstick item, and my cardholder. I’ve ditched even carry a smaller bag since I want to be less fussy and more hands-free.
There’s nothing more I can fit the bag with all of this so I roll-up an eco bag with me just in case I receive something extra through my workday or if I find myself at am impromptu grocery run. Still, that rarely happens. My bag dictates what kind of day I will have. If I didn’t bring anything I need for the activity you’re proposing due to how limited I can carry in my ba, then we’re going to have to postpone.
Who is the opposite of Mary Poppins? Maybe that’s the woman with the PVC bag.
Japanese brand nana-nana has furthered my fascination with the PVC bag life. The brand produces colorful plastic bags in different sizes and shapes. There’s the A3 tote where you can fit a laptop or tablet and then some. I like the A6, which only allows for the barest essentials and is something you can even hang around your neck. I once used it at a quick sprint to make my evening pound class, putting my cardholder and phone inside while carrying my water bottle in the other hand.
They also have the “Trash Box” bucket bag. Ironically, this bag reminds you not to dump stuff in it without a care. With these plastic bags, everything can be seen. Even if there are no zippers and claps, you need to be conscious about how you should put your things in cute pouches. You can’t just shove your things chaotically and leave.
There’s also a bit of a jigsaw puzzle involved when packing a PVC bag. Everything should be placed in a certain way, so they remain neat while you do your errands.
Life has become lighter since I’ve switched up to the PVC life. Not that I’ve stopped being a packrat. I still fill up my Rockie with everything I need just in case Murphy’s Law happens. I guess, whatever happens, we are what bag we decide to carry.