The Urban Oxide brand fits my criteria – stylish, incredibly durable, and reasonably priced. They are light weight, so I can pack these bags with everything I might need. I like the clean, tailored look.
The secret of the brand is surprising. While the exterior of the bags is a beautiful embossed texture with a bit of a subtle sheen for a rather “urban chic” look, the fabric is actually made from embossed rubber. (Pretty much the same thing tires are made from, which says a lot about durability.) The surface seems to be almost impossible to damage with wear and, of course, it’s completely waterproof so I’m not worried about rain or snow. Dirt can be rubbed off without damaging the surface. I’ve found they last a long time without looking warn.
I’d expect the styling to be much more expensive. The prices are really low.
The interiors are lined with fabric and designed with a large number of pockets to help with organization. Available colors are all classics – black, brown, beige, reddish tones, khaki and silver/gray. My new favorite is light gray with a little silvery sheen (The Village Tote) , but my black one from several years ago still looks good. Most of these styles comes in a variety of colors – almost always including black.
Department stores haven’t picked up on this brand yet, so buying it online is probably best.
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