December 28, 2009  ·  mail  ·  style

Mailbag: Tote This

DL writes: "I'm trying not to go total man purse, but sometimes there just isn't enough room in my briefcase or messenger for my computer, Blackberry, books, and everything else, esp. on days that call for an umbrella and scarf or gloves. Do I have any choice other than 2 cases or breaking out actual luggage?" Answer: Somewhere between the briefcase and the weekender duffel resides the standard tote, a few inches larger than a typical messenger bag in every dimension. Just get a basic, plain one in a dark colour. We've been trying out an all-leather L.L.Bean model that has turned out to be great value for $129, and it's rather handsome as long as you can live with a lining printed with fish and ducks and other woodland crap.

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