This has got to be one of the best items I've bagged from the thrift store. As with many unpredictable surprises, when I first saw it on the rack, I didn't even grab it. Just looked at it from the corner of my eye, consuming the color of the leather in my mind, taking my time before finally taking possession of it.
First I touched the grain and traced the seams. Unbuckled and pressed the fasteners, tried the zippers and buttons — no different from pinching my arm in disbelief.
The tag was still intact, and so was the metal plate on the shoulder strap, though the metalware was visibly tarnished.
The "Young Camel" stamp. Does anybody know when the cigarette brand released its accessories (clothes?) line?
The view from above: two main compartments, with one that can be buttoned, plus a small zippered pocket.
Ah, I wasn't just imagining it. As you can see, the bag lies on my bed.
View from behind. I've yet to figure out what the bottom rings are for.
One of the best things about this piece — besides the color and the leather — is the strap clasp, which looks like a bullet, or even a small flashlight.
I must say that I have always dreamed of a leather bag that was both structured enough to carry my laptop but also soft enough for me to enjoy it when I didn't have many things to bring.
My laptop fit! But unfortunately, not with the foam guard protecting it. I'd be wary of dirt and inevitable bumps and scratches, so I'd have to think about it. (Besides, the bag is heavy enough by itself to carry a laptop inside it.)
On the bright side, I also found this blue striped scarf that goes well with the leather and served more than a needed tourniquet.