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Ladies, Can Anyone Recommend A Good Purse?

Ladies, Can Anyone Recommend A Good Purse?

Old Jul 25th, 2007, 07:33 PM
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I'm a guy who carries a bag. I use the extra-small deluxe Courierware messenger bag available at
It's not fashionable, but it's waterproof and it's carried my stuff and most of my wife's through several European cities.
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Old Jul 25th, 2007, 08:55 PM
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I try to carry something that is "gender neutral" so that my husband won't mind taking turns carrying it.
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Old Jul 25th, 2007, 09:46 PM
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My top choice generally is a messenger style microfiber bag.

On this last trip, though, I got one of the big bags in style -- black, 19 bucks, and did great throughout the trip! I put a smaller Prada messenger bag (ebay) inside it so I can take that separately for outings where I don't need the guide book, water, etc. i.e., for dinner.

I have about every style sport sac made, all in black but various sizes, but this last trip I thought the trendy Target bag worked even better, and for style and functionality still prefer the larger messenger bag style.
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Old Jul 25th, 2007, 11:51 PM
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Why bags? Trout fishermen have long used vests to carry gear. I see men wearing fishing vests, spring summer and fall. Two hands are always free and the load is balanced. The inner pockets enhance security for valuables.
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Old Jul 26th, 2007, 09:42 AM
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I traveled throughout Italy with a Vera Bradley bag - it has lots of pockets inside and is roomy. Styles and prints vary, and you can find them at Crabtree & Evelyn stores. The soft quilted fabric is also extremely comfortable. In fact, I'll be traveling with my Vera in a couple of weeks as well!
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Old Jul 26th, 2007, 09:59 AM
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Just came back from Europe and used my trusty Longchamp micro fiber bag again. This is a no fail, shoulder strap, zip top, roomy bag that folds up so you can pack it if you wish. If you're in Paris you will see them in the airport or in the Longshamp stores. I have used mine for about five years and it still looks like new. I carry a camera, guide books, wallet, cell phone etc and most purchases go into it along the way. They come in about 10 colors and many styles. Take a look you just might try one.
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Old Jul 26th, 2007, 10:55 AM
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Somehow I don't think many women would be very keen on the fisherman's vest option. Not only is is not particularly fashionable, but most of us spend a fair amount of effort trying to minimize bulk around our mid-sections - LOL.
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Old Jul 26th, 2007, 11:18 AM
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I recommend any of the purses/bags that PACSAFE makes. I just bought a black purse for my upcoming trip and have already been using it prior to our trip. Not only is it a theft-preventive bag (check their website for more details, www.pacsafe.com), it is also lightweight and has practical pockets inside and out. REI, Magellan, Edwards all carry this line so visit their stores to check them out. Their prices are also reasonable. Leave your designer purses at home, you want a bag that is durable and practical, but not too boring either.
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Old Jul 26th, 2007, 11:35 AM
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Second vote for Longchamps - have been using them for years. Two sizes - one for carryon and a smaller tote for daily use.
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Old Jul 26th, 2007, 11:49 AM
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I'm on board with the microfiber under the armpit bag for daily necessities.

My tip: don't just carry it clutched under your arm. Always make sure the zipper is in the front, where you can rest your hand on it in crowds. A friend had someone attempt to inch open the zipper from behind in the metro when she was carrying her purse with the opening to the back.

I also keep my valuables in one of those around the neck, under the clothes bags. It is flat on my stomach under my waistband.
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Old Jan 13th, 2016, 05:09 AM
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I love the CourierWare Mini Courier Bag, found in their Traveler section: http://courierware-messenger-bags.my...tions/traveler
It can be ordered in a number of different configurations- a choice of closures and pockets. The Secret Pocket is a great place to keep money, passport or jewelry.
The bag seems to keep its contents dry during a rainstorm.
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Old Jan 13th, 2016, 05:15 AM
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UmaM, this thread is 8 years old. Are you advertising? That's not allowed here.
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Old Jan 13th, 2016, 06:00 AM
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http://www.lipault-usa.com/sale I really like my lipault bag but bought a new Longchamp in Paris at a great price.
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Old Jan 13th, 2016, 06:01 AM
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oh crap, just saw that this is an oldie. I left a link but not selling.
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Old Jan 13th, 2016, 07:51 PM
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It may be old, but I never get tired of the handbag threads!
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Old Jan 13th, 2016, 09:39 PM
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Ha! And FYI, that Hedgren brand mentioned above all those years ago seems to be now available on eBags!
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