What’s in my bag? The minimalist edition


I think I have finally found it. The one. The bag to end all fruitless window shopping and mistaken purchases. The bag I will carry, with serenity and style, to the grave. Of course I have thought this before, and subsequently been mistaken, but I think this bag is a real keeper.

Designed in Australia, then hand-woven in Madagascar using locally-grown and sustainably sourced raffia (an un-dyed plant fibre from the raffia palm), Tanora bags have a timeless simplicity, softly worn aesthetic and clean-lined design I just love. Committed to conserving the traditional hand-looming techniques and craftsmanship of Madagascan weavers, Tanora ensures fair-trade conditions and pay for workers, while providing customers with a sustainable, transparent, and single-origin supply chain, making it easy to shop with confidence and in full knowledge of the human and environmental impacts of your purchases. What’s not to love about this brand?



This is Edition #2 of the What’s in my bag? series, celebrating the simplicity of a minimalist aesthetic, the power of good design, and the pleasure of only carrying the bare essentials with you.

This is my bag, and it’s current contents, unabridged. Whether I am stepping off the train at Circular Quay on the way to work, sitting in a cafe eating fruit toast and cradling coffee on a Saturday morning, or browsing a vintage market on a Sunday afternoon, you’ll never find me without these essential pieces of paraphernalia.

There is a saying that you are what you consume, and I think this is very true, in all senses of the phrase.

I hope I am, like the things I choose to carry through life, timeless, thoughtful and beautiful.


Tanora woven bag (https://www.tanora.com.au)

Fressko tea flask (https://madebyfressko.com/au/)

House of Marley head phones (https://www.thehouseofmarley.com.au)

Alan Hollinghurst’s newest release, ‘The Sparsholt Affair’ (https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/the-sparsholt-affair)

U-Konserve cutlery (https://www.ukonserve.com/bamboo-utensils)

Aesop ‘reverence’ hand balm (https://www.aesop.com/us/p/body/hand/reverence)

Rust buffalo hide purse (http://www.boheme.net.au)

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