and has a website devoted just to the subject. She has traveled the country, working with women in business as mentor and facilitator. And, as circumstances would dictate, it also gave her great ideas to design travel accessories for women that were not just functional or durable, but stylish.
Her star products are the luxurious, leather satchels for women who have to carry a lot of “stuff” both for work and travel, and pleasure. More on the totes, in a minute. MicciMicci also offers smaller bags (little travel accessories such as SnapBack Bags, colorful, zippered pouches on “snap out-snap-back” leashes, and Treds (fold-able travel shoes to wear through security and on the plane).
Kathy considers a true friend “one who is a comfort, one that makes your life easier, better and makes you feel good about yourself.” As a designer of travel accessories, that statement takes on a whole new meaning. These days, travel, especially by air, offers more challenges for working women than ever before. There is just so much you can take on an airplane. If you’re limited to just two bags, and one has to be your rollaboard, that means the second bag has to be big enough to contain your handbag and your laptop bag. Depending upon how much stuff you must travel with, Kathy’s three signature travel totes function as another piece of luggage that holds all the rest of your essentials, including your netbook or small laptop. While the prices are as much as a new suitcase, (ranging from a low of $250.00 for the blue-leather “Lagoon,” tote, to the “Midnight,” a striking, patent-leather bag at $300.00, to “Safari,” a stunning, ultra-suede red and animal print tote at $325.00), when a woman has to travel and be organized, the cost is more than justified.
I got a chance to test drive Lagoon, the sky blue “distressed” leather tote (with turquoise ocean-colored nylon lined interior) that’s 15”L 10.25”H 5”W. As an urban woman, this tote is pretty much the same size as the large handbags chic women carry all over town, but this one has some work-ready features that make this more than just a nice looking tote. For starters, there is a zippered interior pouch that is held in place in the middle of the bag, with strong velcro straps. When you’re at the airport, you can simply detach that entire unit, and place it in the bin for security to scrutinize, without dealing with an additional computer bag. The interior also has three small pouches on one side, for phone, PDA, business cards, etc. The other side has a zippered pocket for tickets or other slightly larger items that you don’t want floating around, untethered. There’s also a metal key fob onto which you can attached your keys, or perhaps, one of Kathy’s Clip-It Bags. If I read the press literature correctly, you also get a take-along pocket, something to carry the must-haves you’d take to the restroom, but since mine didn’t come with it, I can’t comment other than to say the clip-it bags seem like a nice idea.
On the exterior of the bag, there is one unzippered pocket (I would have liked at least two, but you can buy Kathy’s SnapBack Bags in small, medium or large $18.95-$24.95 to supplement the protected pouch abilities).
Leather bags are durable and luxurious, but they can be heavy even when they’re empty. This tote isn’t lightweight like a nylon tote would be, and it can be quite heavy when it’s filled to the brim with a computer and what else you’d normally carry in your handbag. But the extra-long handles on sturdy, silver rings, makes this an ideal travel companion that won’t rip or break when you can’t afford a problem, and it will last for years. If I was traveling for business, I’d simply carry the bag as-is with my computer and I’d still look business-like on the job. But if I was on vacation, I’d pull out the zippered computer/velcro portion, and carry the bag as my regular handbag minus the additional weight. Since you can only take two bags with you on the plane, if you can incorporate your netbook or small laptop into this particular tote, you’ve just saved one bag — which means you don’t have to gate check your roll-aboard, or you can take another tote and still be under the limit of what you can carry (literally and space-wise).
As I considered the Lagoon tote, I realized that the snap-out options will make getting through security with a laptop and cosmetics items, much easier to deal with, and you can go right to the gate if you pack lightly enough to bring another carry-on. You’ll look stylish, not sloppy, and you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips. Your MicciMicci tote will become a trusted travel “friend.”
Kathy would call that a “MicciMicci experience”
Visit the MicciMicci web site to learn more, and to order all of Kathy’s innovative products.
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