I have a weakness for bags. Especially ones that I can use for work and play, because inevitably, I'm going from a work situation to somewhere else and I don't have the time to convert from one bag to another. The answer? Building Block, a line of über sleek, minimal, remarkable bags, which are part of a "multi-media design project based in Los Angeles," says the company's website. "The project ... suggests a minimalist alternative to accessories through the exploration of utilitarian materials and forms."
That means that this is the bag company for me. I love the straightforward iPhone Sling ($90, middle left photo). It holds business cards and an iPhone, which means it's perfect for the woman on the go who just needs her debit card, her ID, and her iPhone for an evening out.
Both rucksacks are exquisitely designed and can hold a laptop and other daily essentials, which is perfect for the freelancer who finds a new place to work every day.
The Big Business portfolio bag is handy for the graphic designer or fashion designer who's on the go, and the large Square bag is easy to carry and can transport your tablet in style.
Lesson: there's no reason you can't travel from work to play and keep it simple. No need for bulky bags. Building Block makes your bag a statement piece and an efficient one at that.