The amount of stuff that you have to tote around as a working geek in the City is daunting.
Consider the bare necessities:
- Cell phone
- USB thumbdrive
- Various building passes and login token cards
- Business cards
- Case holding eyeglasses or sunglasses, depending on which you're wearing at the time
- Checkbook, notepad, pens
- Small bottle of water.
And, ever since I read Douglas Adams as a youth, a small clean handtowel. (I always know where my towel is.)
That's quite a set of requirements, and if you're not careful you're going to look like you're attempting an assault on Everest when you leave the house. (By the way, I'm not even mentioning what I've got in my pockets - wallet, cash, keys, small sharp knife, etc.)
My friends, I present to you the aptly named Wise-Walker, from the Nomadic Corporation of Japan.
It's got pockets, zippers, Velcro, and mesh to beat the band. Lightweight, tough and water-resistant. Like Sophia Loren, it's padded in all the right places, so it nestles the various expensive and fragile electronics I carry around like a custom-designed egg carton.
In short, it is as thoroughly design-workshopped and over-engineered as an iPod.
And at 5700 yen... um, about fifty bucks... a total steal.
I found it in our neighborhood fancy-luggage boutique, Flight 001 on Greenwich Avenue.
I didn't notice the Japlish on the packaging (and sewn into the labels) at the time, but if I had, I might've bought two or three in different colors.
After all, it's "The Brand Talken On The Street," y'all!
Related site: "It's Not a Purse! A Buyer's Guide to Man Bags" (Joe Ganley)