I’ve long been a fan of the classic, humble string bag. It’s unique because unlike most bags, it changes structure according to its contents: a real shape-shifter. What starts as a small ball of string folds out into a carry-all sack, making it super practical. String bags are space-saving for the minimalist and super-light for the traveler, they save on plastic and paper bags – and they look great.
I first started loving these string totes when I was living by the beach and they were, quite simply, the only bag that didn’t drag sand back into my apartment. Soon I was transporting groceries, and keeping one in my day-to-day handbag for any spontaneous finds. Now in New York City, they’ve proven just as useful.
With their transparency and malleable nature, I love that the bag is ‘ever changing’ – adapting to whatever it is you’re carrying on that day. Sharp corners will puncture a plastic bag, while a net bag will gently absorb them. I knot the handle for the desired length and have fun arranging the interiors. A black string bag does stylish double duty as an evening bag.
Amazon also sells string bags in a variety of shapes and colors.