Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bumbag Anyone?

In no way do I condone the manbag. Design it in brown or black leather if you like. It's still a handbag, and you still look like a goose.

But I do recognise a great need.

I always have so much stuff in my pockets. A giant wallet in my back pocket that makes me sit on an angle. Keys in my front pocket that stab my leg. Big car remote key thing. Mobile phone. Iriver. Hanky.

It's all very cumbersome and uncomfortable, and having given it some thought, I can see only one possible way forward.

Not currently in fashion perhaps, but in need of a timely comeback. Just stop for a minute, and clear your mind. I sense that your judgement is being clouded by prejudice.

The pros are many. It is the ideal size. It requires no hands to hold it. You can strap it on and forget about it. Comes in many great designs. Can be worn up high for an 80's retro cool, or down low, in a slouchy, street cred-ish way. Can be worn at the front or back.

And what are the cons? Well, that's just it. There are none.

Oh, one more great pro that pretty much seals the deal for me-- In America a bum bag is known as a fanny pack. Now, I don't care what you say, that's funny.

The problem I have, is that while I am very cutting edge and can see the potential, I lack the courage to take the bull by the horns and be the one to kick it off. But, tell you what, the moment I see just one brave person strap on one of these bad boys, I'm jumping straight on that sweet bandwagon. Just you watch.


SamR said...

While you're kicking off trends, maybe you can bring back those tartan pants in the photo at the same time? That would be hot.

Ben McLaughlin said...

yep, I'm hearin ya

Colinmac said...

Maybe Vanchi might be interested in a new market segment !!

Ben McLaughlin said...

good thinking dad--i'll get on to sarah about that..

kristina said...

Fanny packs are not cool.

Ben McLaughlin said...


Nixter said...

I am waiting and watching - this is something I want to see!

You are right 'fanny bags' is funny!

Leanne said...

Hey I heard them talking about Bum Bags on triple J, apparently they are back in - at festivals people use them to carry their essentials and call them Chaos Packs.

Ben McLaughlin said...

That's exciting news, Leanne. You see? All it needed was a tough name, and voila! It's cool again.

kristina said...

no no no :(

Drew said...

I've been doing the man bag for a while now. It's awesome. Better than your scarf, Ben ;)