Before we even get to the Trunk Bag, let me tell you about Po Campo, the company that makes it.
The story goes: Maria Boustead was a go-getting industrial designer in Chicago when she realized that she didnâ€™t have a bag that was both sturdy enough to attach to her bike for her commute and presentable enough to go into her office with her. She looked around, and to her surprise, she couldnâ€™t find one. She thought, why hasnâ€™t this been invented yet?
As you mightâ€™ve guessed, she took matters into her own hands and Po Campo was born.
Po Campo makes bags for cyclists, on and off their bikes, and they are truly beautiful. The one that really caught my eye is the Logan Trunk Bag, named, I assume, for Chicagoâ€™s Logan Square, where I bet this bag would fit right in. The Trunk Bag attaches to your bikeâ€™s rear rack to become a soft, stylish storage compartment for your wallet, a light sweater, that bouquet of lavender you just bought, whatever. It detaches to become a hand bag, or, with the strap, a nice cross-body bag that you wonâ€™t feel underdressed carrying anywhere.
Even better: itâ€™s made with vegan, weatherproof fabric with subtle spotsÂ of reflectiveness so you — and your stuff — stay visible.
And “trunk” is no exaggeration. It really is roomy in there — with pockets, zips, and ties to keep it all in order. After communing with this bag for some time, and even road-testing it on the treacherous streets of Boston, I honestly canâ€™t find anything wrong with it. If youâ€™ve got a bike-commuting, bike-loving friend, this would be an incredible gift that theyâ€™ll love showing off at stoplights.
This bag comes in at $79.99, which seems steep, but considering the quality and durability, is incredibly reasonable.
I like it best in the Umber Waxed Canvas. But thatâ€™s just me. Also, check out their yoga-friendly Weekender bag. Pretty snazzy.