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Reader Q&A ~ MacBook Air carry bag

by , September 25, 2012
Whenever you get a new computer you obviously want it to be well-protected. When you’re a professional woman who needs to carry her computer plus a few extras, a standard laptop bag isn’t going to cut it. One of our readers found herself in this situation and turned to us for a bit of carry advice…

The Question

Hi guys,

I just bought a MacBook Air (with Windows in parallel because I’m still old school)… and need advice about bag products…

I want to be able to carry the MacBook around with me all day at an upcoming tradeshow – but I’ll also need to carry a couple of industrial products and makeup bag (doesn’t everyone!). And then there’s the accessories (USB superdrive and chargers and powercord)…

But I want it to look small and be sophisticated…

Is this an impossible ask?

Is there a bag on the market that is business-sympathetic with a shoulder strap that will fit the laptop but also have a big open space for bulky items – that isn’t bulky itself?

I looked on Carryology – but couldn’t find any advice about laptops…?



Our Response

Some quick thoughts:
If you get a felt sleeve for your MacBook (there are many options to choose from) you can slip it into any nice tote or shoulder bag without needing specialist padding or compartments.
For small shoulder bags we generally don’t like them being too square or structured, as they end up looking like a block banging against you.
Some fabric folds help tie a bag into your outfit better, with a softer silhouette helping it to visually integrate into your own outline.
More natural-looking fabrics will match more of your outfits, so we’d shy away from any ballistic nylon or basic polyester.
Some options to check out:
Tailfeather make something that is simple, but with a sleeve for your MacBook it would work. Consider the Hawkowl with the longer strap option:
78% are relatively new out of Hong Kong, but have a great act and are nicely unisex:
Hard Graft is pretty heavy on the leather, but can extend or fold over, which makes for a versatile bag:
Côte&Ciel add a softer vibe to the small messenger, with folds that break up the form really well:
Teddyfish are lovely and quirky, but a bit harder to track down. There are various size and vibe options to choose from:
No doubt fellow readers have some bags in mind that would do the job so let us know in the comments if you have suggestions that would meet Jo’s needs…
  • http://www.majid.info/ Fazal Majid

    Zegari makes some fine laptop bags for women, but thy may not fit really bulky items.
    Acme Made and Knomo are two other good options for women who don’t want to look dowdy or unisex.
    Jill-e makes bags for women photographers which may better accommodate larger items.

    • http://www.bellroy.com ando

      Some nice suggestions!

  • M.S

    Worth having a look also are the Property Of.. bags http://www.thepropertyof.com. For this purpose especially the Work bags: nice design, they use waxed cotton, vegetable tanned leather and Ykk zippers in their bags. I can only comment on the small pouch i bought from them that uses the same materials and it is well built!
    I have no relation to Property Of.. whatsoever but just like their bags and was looking at them myself and just thought to give another choice for the woman in need. Eventually i went for a Filson Original briefcase.. 🙂

    • http://www.bellroy.com ando

      Yeah, good call. Property Of… have a great vibe and some nice fabrics.

  • http://kfring.com Kyle

    I dig the GoRuck Echo for my 11” MBA, charger, headphones, external hd and snacks.


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