Duffle Bags

Duffle bags are very useful for traveling and are available in varied shapes and sizes. They are flexible and fitted with accessories like trolleys, wheels, and removable or adjustable shoulder straps. Duffle bags have extra capacity compartments mainly to accommodate several things required for long travels.

These bags are provided with separate ends and zipper pockets where one can keep books, tickets, keys, and other items that are required often. Durable end handles and retractable handles are very comfortable and convenient for picking up these bags. The prices of these bags are reasonable, and the bags can be used as short trip bags, which makes them worth the money. They also hold more than they look like they can, making them an ideal choice for people who may bring things home from their trips.

Duffle bags have large top zippers, which allow for easy access to common items packed at the top of the bag. Velcro closures are fitted for closing bags and handles made of plastic or metals are fitted to these bags, so they are easy and comfortable to handle carry. Duffle bags are commonly made of 600D polyester and are available in different colors and styles. In recent years, duffle bags with embroidery work and silk screens have been a popular choice for the style-conscious.

Cenzo Duffle Vecchio Brown Italian Leather Weekender Travel Bag

Cenzo Duffle Vecchio Brown Italian Leather Weekender Travel Bag

The popular models of duffle bags are drop bottom wheeled duffle, rolling duffle, kids gear rolling gear bags, silhouette transport tote, kids gear rolling gear bags, carry-on duffle, mariposa doctor’s bags, cargo duffle, and expandable wheeled duffle.

Drop bottom wheeled duffle bags are two-in-one type of bags. They can be used the same way as a wheeled duffle bag, and can also be worn like backpacks. There are zippered padded back panels, which store hidden padded backpack straps. There are large drop-bottom compartments, hold-down straps, and zippered mesh pockets, which help with keeping shoes, boots, or folded clothes in place. The zippered divider panels between upper and lower compartments open to make one large compartment. The bags are equipped with skate-style wheels, corner protectors, and locking telescoping handles. All these features contribute to the popularity of various duffel bags.

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Tote Bags

Nothing can match the convenience of tote bags. An excellent option for carrying all our personal things, tote bags are widely available in different designs, types, colors, and sizes, all belonging to different brands.

Multitudes of companies swarm the markets providing tote bags of different materials and brands. Some examples of companies include: Enviro Tote Inc., Bags for Me, L.L. Bean, Bag Peddler, Blick Art Materials, The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, All Heart, Nurses Station, Gifs for Professionals, Convention Bags, Massachusetts Bay Trading Co., Allergy Buyers Club, Terrys Village, Parti Poodle Pet Supplies, Shop.com, Abbey Press, Personalization Mall, Million Buy, Jewels & Treasures, The Kitchen Drawer, Fog Dog Sports, Milligift, Wedding Stand, Personalized Presents, Lillian Vernon, Home & Garden Art, Rattle & Roll, Things Remembered, and Creative Leather Concepts.

We can choose pre-designed tote bags or customize our own bags according to our wishes. Choices also exist as to the type, size, design, and color of the tote bags. Open-top totes, zippered totes, large totes, mini totes, canvas totes, cotton totes, leather totes, and much more are all available in the market.

Genuine leather handle canvas tote bags provided by Things Remembered come with our initials monogrammed on it. Rattle & Roll also deals with canvas tote bags and allows us to have anyone’s name monogrammed on the bags. Canvas tote bags with a personalized name embroidered over a stack of books is offered by Personalized Presents.

Lillian Vernon also offers customized bags and hence, allows 3-custom embroidered initials on its 100% cotton canvas tote bags with double-layered bottom and extra strength. Personalized for Baby embroiders our child’s name on the front of the bag.

Gifts for Professionals also allows us to ‘deboss’ our name, monogram, company logo and name on elegant and beautiful leather tote bags. Tote bags with ‘realistic wildlife scene by artist Al Agnew’ are available at Fog Dog. Made up of polyester and cotton blend, they are beautiful and durable.

A choice of four colors is offered by Milligift. With totes made up of natural canvas, you can add a sports design, baby design, or any other design to it.

Wedding Stand provides bridal tote bags with white and black features, which also has a ring embroidered on its front. Creative Leather Concepts offers free shipping with purchases of $75 or greater; it also offers a free genuine leather gift with all orders.

Some companies like L.L. Bean provide free shipping, 100% satisfaction guaranteed, refund policy, and customizing options like monogramming.

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Celebrities, Feminism and the Diaper Bag Revolution

In the recent past, there was only one consideration for choosing a good diaper bag: with or without yellow duckies? Thanks in part to the boon of celebrity babies, style has finally caught up with parenting gear.

But the birth of the designer diaper bag is not merely an idle fad. Looking deeper into the metamorphosis of diaper bags from burlap sacks to high-end designer accessories, I have found that the root of the change is the shifting gender profile of both women and men.

Hollywood Masculinity

Consider this: because diaper bags used to only be made for women, baby-toting fathers were forced to shirk around in public with flowery-looking gear. Not today; fathers are no longer chided for helping take care of their babies; they’re celebrated for helping out.

My evidence is that many Hollywood fathers — the most visible and influential examples of modern masculinity — have been seen carrying diaper bags, including Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and David Arquette.

The diaper bags these men are toting are rugged in design, or gender-neutral. Popular styles now include camouflage, dark colors, black leather, and even designs made from recycled materials like old tires or seatbelts! Watch men’s designer diaper bags in the near future; they’re booming not just because of celebrity fad but because of a changing sense of what it means to be a man. In a word: Daddy-spice.

Designer Diaper Bags and Feminism

Another piece of the puzzle about this curious style transformation is that attitudes about carrying diaper bags to work have softened in recent years. After all, 72% of American mothers now work outside the home. In response to the upsurge of working mothers, many diaper bags resemble attaché cases as well as purses.

Corporate culture no longer frowns upon childcare realities like it did a generation ago. Sleek and “no-nonsense” diaper bags help working moms blend their child-rearing duties with their office responsibilities. Also, with flex-time schedules being more common in the workplace, mothers are more free to trade off the baby gear with their partners at the office.

In my opinion, the increased visibility of working mothers has directly led to the fresh look for diaper bags. Certainly, the new culture of working moms means no longer shaving to hide the frumpy and neon-colored diaper bag in the corner. The wide choice of diaper bags now available at the local department store can also be seen as one of the unintended fruits of feminism. Who knew that the women’s movement would spell the demise of yellow duckies?

OiOi Chocolate and Pink Messenger Bag

OiOi Chocolate and Pink Messenger Bag

So, next time your are distraught over all the choices in designer diaper bags, consider that the diaper bag is a cultural artifact that is reflecting changes in the social construction of gender. Maybe it won’t help with the ultimate decision (a sleek handheld or maybe recycled camo?) but it may empower you to join the cultural creators.

Think I’m being coy? Look how Brad Pitt is using his celebrity status these days. He’s saving the world, one designer diaper bag at a time.

Continue the revolution in women’s fashion at http://www.sleepytimestore.com for an adventurous collection of designer diaper bags.

This article is free to be reproduced, but only in its entirety. Copywrite (c) 2007 Barbara Garrison

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Gift Bags

Gift bags are special kinds of bags filled with gifts and given to friends, relatives, and loved ones during special occasions. Gift bags are available in a variety of designs, colors, and shapes. They are very attractive and cheap.

Gift bags come in different types like creative paper gift bags, personalized gift bags, paper gift bags, decorative gift bags and many such varieties. Since gift bags are produced in bulk quantities, they are generally available at affordable prices.

Discount gift bags are one such famous variety of gift bags. They are generally sold wholesale and are of excellent quality. They are made of heavy paper and/or light plastic materials. These gift bags usually have sturdy rope handles and are available in various sizes.

Another famous collection of gift bags are Echo gift bags. These bags are advantageous not only because of their cheaper prices and good quality, but they also help to protect natural resources. Echo gift bags are made of pure cotton with satin ribbons as drawstrings. These gift bags are useful for parties and also for daily use. Even simple gifts, when given with Echo gift bags, become special gifts. Christmas fabric gift bags and baby flannel fabric gift bags are two of the most popular varieties.

Gift bags that are manufactured using recycled materials, are just as nice as non-recyled bags, and are helpful in protecting the environment by cutting down on paper waste. They are made of assorted fabrics and have lovely rope handles fitted to them, and are a good choice.

Christmas gift bags are available in small, medium, large, extra-large, as well as in wine bottle sizes. These bags are made of heavy glossy papers with ropes and matching gift tags. Business people also use gift bags to promote their sales, as they serve as effective advertising tools, when branded with a corporate logo and/or message.

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