October marks one year since I encountered Coach leather goods firsthand. Since then, the Legacy Field Bag has become the carrier I reach for nearly every day. Each dent and ding it picks up seems to add a little character, and in spite of a few scuffs it’s held up remarkably well. If that’s a preview of the quality, I’m should be in for a couple of good decades. (Side note: My one complaint with the bag is that both of the iconic Coach turnlock fasteners have popped off at one point or another. The folks at Coach quickly replaced the first one [+1 for customer service], but I have yet to call about the second. Hardware aside, the leather is top class.)
Let’s have a look under the hood and see what’s inside. Spoiler alert: There are a lot of nerdy magazine writer/editor things in here.
Top to bottom, left to right. First row:
- Logitech iPad keyboard: It turned my iPad into a laptop, so I can file stories from the road in a pinch.
- iPad mini: You can hold it one hand. Much more comfortable than the full-size.
- Field Notes – Winter 2012 “Expedition” edition: I was trying to figure out what to use this notebook for, and then I realized it was perfect for taking notes on the field when I’m coaching soccer. Field…notes. Get it?
- Fisher “Bullet” Space Pen: A gift from my friend Patrick. One of my favorites.
- Current issue of Chicago magazine: I always carry more reading options than I can actually get to. But I write for them occasionally, and I want to know what’s going on in the city.
- Current issue of Esquire magazine: The second of too many reading options. I get this from my mother, I think, whose bag is always packed with “literature.”
- Nissan coffee/tea tumbler: Best coffee thermos—bar none—I’ve ever found.
- iPhone + charger: I just heard a story on the radio today about “nomophobia,” the fear of being without your mobile phone. I wanted to scoff. But then I realized that I’m never more than 5 feet away from mine. And then I hung my head in shame.
- Reporter’s notebook: With interview notes for the current story. Always get Gregg ruled.
- Pilot G-2 .07 Roller Ball: Pen of choice, though there’s some debate at the Midwestyle offices between .07 and .38.
- Writing Tools, by Roy Peter Clark: If you want to write better, buy this book and read it often.
- Legal pad: Possibly the nerdiest thing in here. When I’m not on deadline, I do almost all of my writing long-hand on legal pads. Fewer distractions.
- Herringbone Wool Scarf by Faribault Woolen Mill: Given to me by my friend John Mooty, the creative director over at Faribault. Using it daily, now that the chill’s in the air.