If you’re anything like me, you periodically go through periods of searching down (and sometimes never actually finding!) the “perfect” item of clothing or accessory to fill a perceived gap in your wardrobe. Lately, I’ve been looking for something I can only define as “a big bag.” I know what I want, though: 1) Something large enough to double as a briefcase for an upcoming conference I’ll be attending, without being too big to use everyday bag; 2) black or dark grey; 3) leather or sturdy canvas; 4) rugged construction; 5) timeless and relatively simple style; and 6) a cross-body strap. I’ve found a few good options, but haven’t yet decided on one. It doesn’t help that they’re all pretty pricey! But I guess you get what you pay for, right? A cheap bag is a cheap bag on every level. I’m more willing to pay extra for something if I know it will be in my wardrobe for a long time, and a bag like the one I want definitely fits that criteria.