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Reusable couture: show us your totes!


Bags, bags, bags. Here in Los Angeles, bags are kind of a big deal. But you know that already, given the ongoing controversy around a proposed bag ban that continues to torment LA City council.

Regardless of where you might stand on the issue, I’d like to think that we could all agree on the necessity of reusable shopping bags. Everybody needs at least one, but having a few at your disposal is never really a bad thing (just don’t go all hoarder on us or anything).

Given that we are in the very profile-conscious confines of Los Angeles, your reusable shopping is an absolute fashion statement. While it’s easy to just grab a generic number from your preferred grocer, what’s the fun in that? There are so many fashionable and even cool tote bags floating around out – find the one that compliments your grocery store wardrobe.

I went through a few bags before scoring the idea one in Austin, Texas, at the South By Southwest music conference a few years ago (above). It’s the ideal size for hauling goods back to the humble abode. The bag also features a design by Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore, reminding me that was the year I randomly found myself standing next to him at a traffic signal.

Your favorite bag doesn’t need a celebrity design or nostalgic back-story. We’d still like to see what you’re working with over there. Send us links to pics of your reusable bag, and if it’s really cool we might just post it. OK, go!