April 30, 2012

Clean

I had been crushing on the Phillip Lim 31 Hour Bag—there was something about its perfect form, like a minimalist, barebones Birkin, and the succinct idea of a fold-over zip-up top that made it so difficult to get it out of my head.  I paid a visit to the boutique in SoHo, hoping to dispel any of my feelings toward this bag.  I sought out to look for questionable craftsmanship, say, a cranky zipper, or sticky leather, a poor rendition of the color, any flaw that would wean me off of this pressing infatuation, but I found nothing.  Before I knew it, I was committed.

3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour Weekender in white

Morphability always gets me—it’s the little boy in me; I like my things to be multi-functional, like Transformers—and the multiple alternate ways by which you can form the bag (with the lips folded out to make an open tote, or unzipped and folded in to make a smaller, shoulder bag, or fully zipped and upright, slightly scrunched under the handle when full) left me deeply enamored.

the 31 Hour Bag's multi-functional zipped opening

Just like Birkins, there little signifiers on the 31 Hour Bags that help tell what particular model one is looking at. For example, leather zipper pulls are placed on the men's weekender bag, while cylindrical metal zipper pulls are in the slightly narrower and taller women's weekenders.

The bag's minimal design, hardware-light with nary a d-ring on any of the handles, unlined with nothing inside besides a leather zipped pocket, makes the large all-leather bag light as a canvas tote.

My new white bag, in leather ever so slightly nubby, the texture of bond paper, sits on my bed blank and pristine tonight.  But with every drip of tea, every hurried landing on a photo studio floor, every crowded brush in the subway with a loud lady in a spiked jacket and her girl friend in damp, deep-blue indigo jeans—every nick and smudge blurred by every unexpected running through the rain to only God knows where, every day will scratch the story of my life on my once clean bag.

13 Comments

  • Sophia S
    April 30th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Can you do a post in a few months showing what this looks like dirty?

  • Izzy
    April 30th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I could! Why not?

  • Hernan
    April 30th, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I want this in black and tan! I don’t think I could ever carry a white bag…..

  • Jerome
    April 30th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    When you inspected the bag and found no flaw, did you go up to an associate and say “shut up and take my money!”? LOL

  • Izzy
    April 30th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    how did you know?

  • Patrick Wilson
    April 30th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    It is lovely!

  • wcgut
    May 1st, 2012 at 1:24 am

    beware
    ima come steal it

  • laura blanco
    May 1st, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    hola!! Adoro tu blog! espero que te pases por mamaartista y me sigas:)

    Te sigo desde ya. MUA

  • mat
    May 1st, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    that didn’t go well then!

  • chauss
    May 3rd, 2012 at 9:41 am

    love this bag and the concept of actually using it. bags are meant to be enjoyed, not into the” bag musuem’ look.
    xo chauss
    ckparis.blogspot.com

  • Call
    June 8th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I m in love with this bag!

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