Friday, March 17, 2006

Putting the Fun back into Functional: Kara B Bags at

KaraB was founded by Kara Buttimer in 2003. She had become so tired of carrying the same old, boring, black nylon laptop bag that she just had to do something about it. After talking to her friends and colleagues, she learned they felt the same way; everyone was frustrated by the lack of unique, fashionable, yet well-designed laptop bags. Having been in the fashion industry for over 15 years, Kara was able to collaborate with a number of factories and friends to create alternatives. There are four different laptop bag styles, plus an additional purse style, all characterized by quality construction, functionality, and versatility. Each style has special features to make it even more useful than the usual bag—from adjustable shoulder straps to styles that convert from a briefcase to a backpack. Using easy-to-care-for fabrics that range from neon bright faux patent leathers to sophisticated tweeds, every season offers a new collection of fabulous fabrics and colors. Kara B Cosmo Purse The Cosmo purse is designed to fit nicely into one of the larger Kara B laptop bags, making it the perfect bag for short lunch breaks or after work outings. It has a 36" long strap which offers versatility in carrying (on the shoulder or slung across the body). Features a zipper close at the top with leather logo tab. Available in Amethyst Purple, Peridot Green, Bronze, Pewter, Ruby Red (shown here), and Sapphire Blue. Kara B Traveler Tote A sleek vertical messenger tote that can be worn on the shoulder or can be slung across the body as a cross-strap messenger using the adjustable 28”-54” strap. The padded computer compartment fits up to a 15 1/4" laptop: measures 15" x 11" x 2" with a Velcro strap. Inside, there’s a pocket for papers/folders or computer accessories, a zippered pocket, a cell phone pocket as well as a key hook. The outside has an open slip pocket with a Velcro flap closure and a cell phone/umbrella pocket. Four metal feet on the bottom protect the bag when it is resting on the floor. Top flap with magnetic snap closure over a top tab with hook and loop closure. Available in Amethyst Purple, Bronze, Day-Glo Orange, Green Kaleidoscope, Jungle Green (shown here), Ocean Blue, Peridot Green, Pewter, Pink Kaleidoscope, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, and Tropical Pink. Kara B Euro Briefcase This faux leather briefcase-style laptop bag is a professional, yet stylish way to carry your digital equipment. The padded computer compartment fits up to a 15 1/4" laptop. Inside, there’s a pocket for papers/folders or computer accessories, a cell phone pocket as well as a key hook. The outside has an open slip pocket and a cell phone/umbrella pocket. The 30"-60" adjustable shoulder strap has a removable shoulder; when worn across the body, the strap measures 22”. Four metal feet on the bottom for protection when resting on the floor. The Euro Briefcase is available in Amethyst Purple, Bronze (shown here), Peridot Green, Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue. Kara B Messenger Tote The Messenger Tote by Kara B is a messenger made of lizard embossed faux leather with an adjustable 30”-50” strap that allows it to be carried as a shoulder bag or slung across the body as a cross-strap messenger. The padded computer compartment fits up to a 17" laptop and also contains a compartment for papers, folders and computer accessories, as well as small zippered pocket, cell phone pocket and key ring. The outside features a cell phone/umbrella pocket, a slip pocket for papers and four metal feet on the bottom for protection when resting on the floor. Velcro flap closure. Available in Day-Glo Orange, Green Kaleidoscope (shown here), Jungle Green, Ocean Blue, Light Brown, Pink Kaleidoscope, Sapphire Blue, Pink Kaleidoscope, and Tropical Pink. Kara B Metro Backpack The Metro backpack has a computer compartment that fits up to a 15 1/4" laptop. Adjustable 18"-34" shoulder straps with removable pads. Outside cell phone or umbrella pocket and open pocket for papers. Straps and handles are reinforced with metal rivets. Inside contains a zippered pocket, two pockets for papers, folders and computer accessories, a key ring and a cell phone pocket. Four metal feet on the bottom for protection when resting on the floor. Available in Amethyst Purple (shown here), Black/White Hibiscus Print, Bright Stripe, Bronze, Butter Yellow, Day-Glo Orange, Green Kaleidoscope, Jungle Green, Light Brown Leopard, Ocean Blue, Peridot Green, Pewter, Pink, Pink Kaleidoscope, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Soft Pink, Tropical Pink, and White. See the entire Kara B Collection at or


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Featured Bagsbuy Best-Seller

Name: McKlein Chicago in Black Leather Description: The Chicago is the perfect overnight bag/digital device carrier for your next business trip. The front pocket features an organizer for your PDA, cell phone, pens, business cards, etc., as well as overnight items and peripheral devices such as wires and external drives. A front zipper compartment on the outside is great for small miscellaneous items that you need to reach fast while you’re on the go. The middle pocket contains a removable leatherette briefcase that is ideal both storing documents and transporting them when you don’t want to take the whole bag with you. The SmartZipper converts the rear pocket, which is designed to store and protect a laptop up to 17”, to a panel that secures the case to a separate wheeled case handle. ABS Honeycomb frame protects contents of the case and the main compartment is padded with 10 mm high density foam to cushion the contents. Dimensions: 17" x 11" x 13"; laptop interior pocket measures 16.5" x 3" x 12". Weight: 13 lbs (the bag without the frame 5.4 lbs) See what customers who have bought this product have said about the Chicago: John from Knoxville, TN says: I was looking for a decent looking, all around, multi use piece of luggage that I could carry my laptop, files and overnight needs. This is it. It is quite large, but that is the nature of the beast. Once you take off the wheel assembly (not terribly easy to do, nor to reattach it), it is a manageable, but again, a bit large, shoulder-carried laptop brief. The included laptop sleeve is roomy, perhaps too much so, as it takes a bit of room when placed in the main compartment. For serious road warriors, especially for the folks that do the out and back one-nighters, I would highly recommend this case. As an aside, for commuter flights, you can easily check the removable wheel/handle assembly plane side, and the rest of the bag fits under the seat in the commuter jets such as the CRJ's with no problem. As for fit and finish, it is quite elegant. Oh, GREAT PRICE from this site!!!!!!!!!!! David from Oklahoma says: I bought this computer, overnight bag and the quality is outstanding and the detail is impeccable. I was so pleased with the value and quality that I immediately ordered a second one for my son in law school. The leather is soft, the construction is excellent, the look is first class. It rolls and has a telescoping handle. It unzips from the rolling frame to become an everyday carry bag (with leather carry strap), and finally, has a leather briefcase that fits nicely into the carry case itself. As a nice touch, the briefcase also includes a back strap that allows it to secure to the telescoping handle of the main bag. The pockets are roomy and the laptop slot will accommodate even the desktop replacement laptops. Even the included leather briefcase will accommodate a laptop which is 14.25 x 11.18 x 1.8 inches, and still leaves an additional pocket for file folders or other business papers. If this product fits your needs, you simply cant do better for quality, features, or price. Jeremy from Vancouver, WA says: The bag was purchased to carry a large 17" laptop, basically a full power mobile desktop. Also was needed to keep books and such for going to school. Not only is this bag handling the heavy weight requirements of all of my gear, it is a great looking bag. Zero complaints. See more computer/tech bags at


Monday, March 13, 2006

Hot New Handbags at

The handbag continues with a sampling from the latest batch of new additions to the Shoebuy Handbag Shop: Born Handbags Curia Satisfy your desire for a softly structured Nubuck handbag that securely holds your possessions and displays your taste for color, texture and natural details. Like all Born handbags, the Curia is made with only the finest Nubuck leather and metallic accents. Features an authentic bamboo handle with magnetic strap closures, Born® Fabric lining and an interior zip pocket. Coloriffics Handbags HB959 With neutrals on the forefront of spring fashion this year, metallics are also getting noticed. Metallics perfectly complement any neutral hue. Case in point: this bronze metallic barrel handbag. Pair it with dark colors (black is back!) or lighter nudes; either way, it matches. The rhinestones on the straps add a nice sparkly touch. The barrel shape provides the perfect amount of space for everyday use. Green Street Designs Wellesley Tote Every fashionista knows that this season horizontal stripes are hot. Unfortunately, they don’t look great on everyone. Instead of wearing stripes, why not carry them? The striped Wellesley Tote is hand woven from a dense cotton rayon blend yarn with antique hardware beautifully complimenting the handle patches which are riveted to the bag for added strength. There is a top zipper pocket with a 1" drop collar with a tab puller. The interior is lined with a khaki nylon and features a 7" back wall zipper pocket as well as two open pockets for easy access to a cell phone, hand held computer or iPod. Kenneth Cole Reaction Handbags Round the World Medium Hobo A classic leather hobo bag from one of today’s top designers, the Round the World Medium Hobo is a staple piece in anyone’s wardrobe. This bag is great for everyday use and looks trendy with any outfit. Plus, this season is all about the oversized bags, and this hobo fits perfectly. THE SAK Adriatic Hobo A hobo that features trendy raffia and cotton string loom weave with a fabric feel. Both fabrications feature an adjustable leather strap and trim, light khaki contrast top stitching, domed rivet accents and shiny silver or goldtone hardware with a zip top closure. Aqua satin lining features cell phone, multifunction and back wall zippered pockets. Marlo Handbags Gum Drop F51459 This beautiful pearlized pink handbag is the perfect bag for spring and summer! It features metal accents on the strap and on the two front pockets. Closes with a zipper and contains an inside wall zip and cell phone pockets. Made of metallic PVC with nylon lining. See all the latest styles at the Shoebuy Handbag Shop.


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