In college, where the backpack was the accessory de rigueur, mine was a catch-all for books, bagels, makeup, and a spare pair of sandals (fashion-obsessed, even then!) I still carry just as much stuff to work, but the backpack doesn’t have a place in the professional world. Designer Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff is answering the call of fashionable women with bone and muscle pains by creating her Bird In Hand bags, consulting with chiropractors and physical therapists. Her bags are big enough to hold a laptop, with practical side pockets so you can easily fish out your cell phone and keys. The bamboo handle and subtle bird stamp on the side of the faux-leather handbag add style. No animals were harmed in the making of this hot handbag. Your shoulders won’t be harmed in the carrying of it. Find Bird In Hand bags in camel, black, and white at the company’s website, getbirdinhand.com.
Managing Editor’s Note: I am a bag lady, not just in my handbag collection but in the amount of stuff that I lug around the city on a daily basis. For obvious reasons, my laptop is a permanent accessory. I love my Bird in Hand bag. The simple style is completely versatile- matching whatever wardrobe whim I’m indulging in. The lining is fabulous- bright colors, funky pattern with tiny metallic accents. This bag is on my “must-have” list.