Plastic bags are passé and so the fabric shopping bag has been making a comeback for years. And since we like to have our bags neat and tidy, the demand for small pouches to store all the little things that would otherwise fly around our bags has also been on the rise.
The new “Okino Hana” bag collection by Rico Design will make your heart sing - and not only if you are an Asia-aficionado. “Okina Hana” is Japanese and means “big flowers”. The floral patterns appear graphic and abstract, while the colours highlight the modern look. The bag collection consists of shopping bags, pouches, toiletry bags and organisers that are made of cotton and partly of PU-coated fabrics. All bags have an inner lining made of the fabric of the outer design. Since there is a colour-matching pouch for each bag, the chic look can be rounded off quite nicely.
Paperblanks has also focused on a Japanese design and embraced the combination idea. The geometric kimono pattern “Hishi” was created using the ukiyo-e technique - a kind of woodblock print from the Edo period, the 17th to 19th centuries. “Hishi” is named after the Japanese word for something diamond-shaped. The pattern itself is printed on a square-shaped fabric bag made of cotton sized 38 x 38 centimetres. A zippered inside pocket to safely stow away a wallet while shopping is incorporated into the bag. A softcover notebook with lined pages and a dot grid planner featuring the design are also available. That way, you always have a stylish place to jot down notes on the go.
As part of its strong sustainability commitment, deuter has launched “Infiniti” - a collection made exclusively of residual materials left over from manufacturing other deuter products. The Infiniti shopping bag is available in two sizes, the XL version has two short handles in addition to its two shoulder straps. The bags boast quite the carrying capacity and can nevertheless be stored compactly. Personal belongings stowed in the bag are kept secure with the velcro fastener. What’s more, 10 percent of the proceeds from the collection go to the non-profit organisation “1% for the planet”.
Lässig has decided to go with a convenient document folder, in which all important documents can be stowed away neatly. Thanks to several pockets on both sides as well as a transparent pocket and a pen holder, you can have everything you need at hand. The compact folder with its all-round zipper is the perfect pregnancy companion, for example, as it has enough compartments for your maternity passport, ultrasound images, insurance card, and examination booklet. When traveling, it can be used to store IDs, vaccination cards, tickets, vouchers, and whatever else you need to keep at hand while out and about. A faithful companion for doctor’s appointments, trips, and travels.
Pencil cases and pouches by Pelikan feature a modern yet timeless “lasercut” design. The bright yellow or pink lining shines through the triangular holes in the black material, creating a trendy 3D look. Whether as a pencil case, toiletry bag, clutch or simply to store odds and ends - “Lasercut” is not only convenient, but also a real eye-catcher. The new companions match the colours of Pelikan’s newest edition of the Twist fountain pen.
Not only new patterns but also new materials, finishes and combination options provide a breath of fresh air for bags and accessories.
About the author:
Gabriela Kaiser has been the owner of a trend agency since 2002, after working 6 years as designer for knitwear. She visits trade fairs as a trend scout and gives lectures there. She advises companies from industry and trade on upcoming trends and writes regularly for various trade magazines.