A woman’s handbag can be a treasure chest of wonderful things or it can hold as little as a phone and a debit card. I am slowly coming around to the idea that my phone is everything – notebook, diary, camera, digital reservations and tickets, ATM and of course, a phone. Sometimes you may need to carry a tablet or iPhone as well. And what happens if you suddenly discover while you are out and about, that your phone battery is low? Recently I have discovered the answer – the tech tote or the digital clutch bag (different names for similar items).
The Tech Tote
This one is at the top end of the market. The Marylebone Tech Tote bag from Aspinal (click here) in the UK is a handbag in the finest Italian calf leather and comes in basic black as well as a variety of colour combinations (from AUD $1775.00 to $1900.00 depending on your colour choice). It has padded pockets for your phone, tablet and cables. You can use it as a normal handbag or purchase the Tech Charger Pack separately for £100 (ie AUD $196.19) and put it in the special pocket designed for it. For that personalized touch you can have your initials engraved on the tote and the tech charger leather pouch.
The Digital Clutch Bag:
This is made by Knomo Bags, a company that makes travel bags, handbags and digital accessories for men and women. In response to an appeal by a Danish blogger and broadcaster for a stylish clutch bag with in-built battery recharger, they created the Elektronista Digital Clutch Bag which is a mid-range product. It comes in stylish black leather with a detachable gold chain and unzips fully to hold your phone, tablet (up to 10”) and all the cables etc that go with you. There is space for your purse and other essentials as usual. It is free for you to register a unique code that is sewn into the bag. If your bag is lost, the honest finder can contact Knomo and they will retrieve it and return it to you at no cost. Click here to go to their UK site. The international site does not have this product listed; so if you are interested, you will have to buy it in Europe or North America for £249.00 ie AUD $488.52 plus postage.
What starts as luxury fashion eventually works its way down through the market. It will be the cost of the in-built battery charger that will limit how low the price will go. If it’s something that interests you, keep an eye open for it in the your market. For me, I can’t go out without lipstick, brush and a nail fine in my handbag. Some things technology cannot replace.
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