May 5, 2018
SANDAST BATTLE – James vs. James Petit
The number one question that I get for the James tote line is – Which bag should I get? It’s a TOUGH call. The original is just a sexy, hold everything bag that can be office, weekend getaway, EDC, etc. The recently released Petit is a sleek, small, sophisticated not-so-little tote. Frankly, together, they make the the best weekend getaway combo. Tuck all your clothes and such into the original and bring the Petit with you for a nice dinner, wine tasting and lounging….but, if you must pick, hopefully watching the side by side comparison of these two bags, helps you decide!
Meeting with Chris Pak was a highlight for me in my search for American crafters. There’s a genuine spirit, pride and craftsmanship that shines through in each bag. I’ve had people stop me to ask about my bags. They’re beautiful, sure, but they’re also superbly crafted and tough. Chris is doing his thing in a small space out of downtown LA. Check them out when you’re in town…hopefully on Wednesday when they’re doing tastings. Liquor and leather – – I’m in!
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- Sandast James Petit, Nuts & Bolts: https://goo.gl/4xdGRn
- Sandast James Petit (+ Surprise) Unboxing: https://goo.gl/Jxrpwq
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Check for it here (Customizable!): Chico Tote
Ranchlands Chico Tote, an Unboxing!
Sorry I’ve been away for so long…life has been keeping my busy in the best way possible. Work is a challenge, but I’m glad to be a part of a great team. My kiddo’s getting older (sniff, sniff) and so we’re exploring all sorts of new things together to see what interests her. As for me, I’ve recently become super excited about NON city stuff. I’ve always had this insanely urban existence – think, it doesn’t even get dark at night because there’s just so many city lights that even night has a permanent soft glow. For some reason, a few recent trips have really sparked my interest in more rural / country / nature type existences.
Today’s unboxing is an offshoot of my newfound interest in everything NON city. I think it’s my own personal City Slickers moment (if that dates me, great because I’m loving this age). Enter….Ranchlands. They have the most thoughtful website and I’ve literally spent a few hours poring over it and reading about their connections to the land, how they’re caretakers of it and stewards of the animals. Honestly, I’ve also secretly thought – how can I talk my husband into a working ranch vacation in the country side of Colorado?! I’ve got to go. Soon.
So, how do you get from a working ranch to a leather artisan? Aside from the literal access to cows, I thought they had the most thoughtful answer to this question – – they want to bridge the gap between urban settings and their connection to the land. After my trip to Tennessee and then The Ranch in Laguna Beach, I really just want to spend more time outdoors and experience the land so this is like the mother ship calling me home. Long story short, they have bridged the gap. In the search for the perfect bag, I’ve inadvertently learned about their ranching, and more importantly, their larger mission for education and conversation.
I continue to try to be more a conscious consumer by knowing who made my bags and where they were made. I watched the video on Madi Hester carefully crafting her leather pieces and I was sold on them. So, here I am unboxing their Chico Tote in two – tone black. I came home last night and it was waiting for me. I did the unboxing video the same night and took the bag with me today – – it’s that alluring. I’ve already gotten a bunch of compliments on it…. it’s just that kind of bag. It’s a thoughtful, unique design with lots of finishing touches that I haven’t come across before. Can’t wait to do the video with my full review! Fingers crossed that I’ll find myself in Colorado at Ranchlands starring in my very own City Slickers. Cheers Ranchlands; thanks for taking care of our land.
MEET THE MAKER
TAKE ME ON A WORKING RANCH VACATION
FTC Disclaimer: This bag was sent to me for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.