I'm a sucker for bags, and — like TV's Dexter — I have come to be at peace with my darker side (I'm just starting season 4 though, so maybe he gets all crazy after becoming a father and everything). I realize that no matter how many sleeves, totes, backpacks or messenger bags I buy, it will never be enough.
I haven't yet started bagging up the old, discarded models and tossing them into the Gulf Stream to be carried off to a watery grave far away, but it can't be long. In the meantime, help talk me down from dropping almost $200 on this simple but gorgeous wool and leather sleeve.
It's called the Felt Sling Bag, and the maker — Carga — somehow thinks that these ex-animal coatings are worth $195 when combined into just the right shape. And I'm inclined to agree. The felt sack is lightweight, as are the aluminum rivets holding it together, and the leather strap matches an internal leather pocket plus another pocket around the back.
I also like the vertical, "portrait" configuration, which makes for a much more comfy bag when it hangs on the hip.
But is it worth $195? In materials alone, no. But in style, and in the timeless longevity of its design, maybe.