I’m not old enough to remember using typewriters with any regularity, but that’s not to say I can’t appreciate a little analog goodness. If you have a similar affinity for obsolete technology, wrap up your laptop in this Ted Baker Typewriter Laptop Sleeve, available from Fred Flare. Sized for laptops up to thirteen by fifteen inches, it’s a kitschy retro way to tote your technology around town. Get yours for $45.
Tired of plain leather covers? The Embroidered Fields iPad Cover actually stands out because of its light and lovely style. Ivory-colored embroidered flowers (they kind of look like snowflakes to me – wishful thinking!) give it a sweet and feminine look that you won’t see in most boardrooms. You can pick one up now for someone who may be getting an iPad for the holidays. Best part: it’s reduced from $78 to $39.95 at Anthropologie.
As a massive Vince Camuto fan, I’m always excited to see what the label will introduce next. The Katie Tablet Envelope is my newest object of affection. This may be the most stylish tablet case I’ve seen to date. From its sleek envelope silhouette to its colorblocking and pop of snakeskin, it really pulls off a classiness not typically seen in tech gear. This is the kind of thing I’d have to show off at all times instead of just stashing in my purse! Available for $128 at Shoebox.
Here we go – yet another bag designed to tote your iPad in style. Like there aren’t enough of those already on the market? Good thing Kate Spade managed to deliver something new with the Brightspot Ave. Bryce iPad Crossbody. I haven’t seen many iPad bags with straps, especially not straps that feature contrasting colors on each side. Available for $198 at Bloomingdale’s.
While it’s not actually a purse, the Knomo Slim Laptop Sleeve could probably fool a few people. Its quilted texture and small exterior pocket give it a lot more style than your average laptop sleeve, and it comes with a shoulder strap to free up your hands. It’s a nice, colorful way to carry your laptop when you’d also like to be holding a cup of coffee and have a free hand. Available at Zappos for $90.
If you want to impress them in the boardroom without having to sacrifice your feminine side, have I got a bag for you. The Gold Lame and Black Leather iPad Bag by Italian designer Leonardo Delfuoco takes a serious little leather iPad carrier and glams it up just a touch with a panel of gold lamé. The goldtone twist lock closure is a bright spot and actually draws your attention to the subtle highlighted lamé. Convenient to carry (by the handle or over the shoulder) this bag is an investment in your future. Available from Forzieri for $2520.
It doesn’t seem like there’s much on the laptop sleeve spectrum between overly colorful and boring, buttoned-up black. This Inspirations Technology Laptop Sleeve hits just the right balance between creative and professional, though, with its bold violet color, fresh white accents, and polished leather details. Available at ModCloth for $33.
There’s only room for one laptop bag in my life, and it’s not even really for a laptop so much as it is for an iPad. (It’s the Coach Kyra Messenger, by the way – a sturdy, stylish bag that handles all kinds of wear and tear and still looks fab at day’s end.) If I were in the market for something new, though, I’d definitely go for this Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Computer Crossbody Bag. It’s on the plain side, but I love the dark purple color, the simple logo plate, and the multitude of pockets. The downside? It’s all nylon and it’s not padded, so your precious technology won’t withstand much jostling. Available for $238 at Nordstrom.