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In the Bag

by Andrew Hoge

As we sail—perhaps reluctantly—into fall, having the right bag, pouch, or tote can make the transition a tad more bearable. Luckily these Pacific Northwest crafters offer plenty of options to choose from.

1. Eddie Bauer X Looptworks Bucket Bag

This versatile bucket bag is the perfect companion for your next trip to the sea. Available in four stylish pastel colors, the style is the happy result of Eddie Bauer teaming up with Portland-based Looptworks, a certified B-corp leader in making excess fabric useful again. (So not only you will only look good, but you’ll feel good carrying this attaché.) ($99; available at area Eddie Bauer retailers, eddiebauer.com)

2. Custom Barkley Sound Bag

After an intrepid weekend of sailing, delicious food, and good memories, you might find yourself daydreaming of a way to take part of that experience home with you. Enter: Custom Barkley Sound Bags. The Seattle-based, one-man operation has been transforming old sails into everything from tote bags to iPad covers for over 20 years, each infused with its own character through incorporating the particular sail’s unique components into the design. ($85-$180 depending on style; barkleysoundbags.com)

3. E-Merse™ GoPack Submersible Waterproof Pack

If you are hoping to squeeze in a few more outdoor adventures before the real chill sets in, it’s important to keep a bag that battles the elements at the ready. This waterproof design from Seattle Sports is made with PVC-free polyurethane and features a simple double closure. So, whether you are paddle boarding or cruising through the rain, your must-haves will stay dry. ($34.99; available at West Marine stores, westmarine.com)

4. Metamorphic Gear Quartz Small Dopp Kit

Designed here in the Northwest and built solely in the U.S.A, this handy little pouch is made from more than 95% upcycled materials, with a colorful tarpaulin body and racing sail handles. At a compact 6-by-4 inches, it is great for corralling unruly cords, stashing first aid supplies, or simply for keeping your VIP essentials from swimming around in a larger bag. As an added bonus: A percentage of each sale goes to help support cleaner oceans. ($29; metamorphicgear.com)

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