I don’t know about you, but when ducking out of a New York bodega with the essentials—a carton of milk, today’s newspaper, paper towels, and perhaps a chintzy arrangement of flowers—there’s always a particular lumber to my shopping excursion. It’s then that the rustle of plastic reminds me of why a quick trip to the corner market can be cumbersome: the ubiquitous plastic bag.
“Thank you for shopping!” they read—an address I’m normally thrilled to heed, but not when these environmentally unsound sacks begin piling up under the sink, an eyesore. Perhaps taking cues from San Francisco’s 2012 ordinance that banned stores from using plastic bags, designers may have found a mighty solution in the Spring 2016 elevated bodega sack—and its frequent, just-the-essentials companion, the fanny pack.
Now the answer to the question “paper or plastic?” has never been easier—in fact, we’ll take neither, what with the prospect of Stella McCartney’s vibrant madras print grocery sack or Louis Vuitton’s ribbed fire-engine red pouch chicly concealing purchases from that errand run. Grasping the metallic folds of Marni’s “rolled up” version feels as effortless as any other stylish clutch. Sliding Balenciaga’s satin fanny pack over our shoulders instantly frees the hands, banishing the where-to-stow-the-damn-purse panic that strikes as soon as one hits the dance floor. Oh, and for work, there’s always Kenzo’s sleek modular option that hangs just at the waist, doubling as a belt to pull any look together and as a miniature briefcase to carry an iPad for that all-important business presentation.
Efficient, fashionable—and did we mention environmentally friendly?—the elevated bodega bag and fanny pack are set to clear up plenty of space in our overstuffed lives come spring.
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