A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending some time with a new-on-the-scene, Vancouver-based designer, Jonathan Chan, who (with his business partner) has recently launched JoJo Designs. We had a great time discussing the vagaries of bag design, how Jonathan's wife stress-tested a number of versions of his bags until they were perfect and how Jonathan wants to partner with design students to help them bring their ideas to fruition.
This, I thought, was very cool. If I were a design student who had some great ideas, I would totally get in touch and ask about their Design Partnership Program. From the press materials:
We would love to invite our designers to share their ideas with us. Please visit our web site and contact us if you would be interested in our Designer Partnership program. Designing Student? We welcome you too! You are in fact who we are especially looking for. Bright talent, lots of innovative ideas, knowledge of what’s hot in materials, if you got it, we want it. Contact Jonathan Chan at jonathan [dot] chan [at symbol] jojodesigns [dot] ca
But aside from this cool program, they've launched their line with two excellent designs.
I reviewed the Carrie over on my Squidoo lens. From the review:
I have never been on safari. I don't really like sleeping out in the open and, well, you know .. the lions. I can see myself as the gal that stays back at the lodge ... drinking whisky and writing furiously on the veranda for the newspaper that originally sent her on safari, ready with her trusty laptop to capture the quotes from the intrepid souls who made it back alive. But Meryl Streep I'm not.
The interior of the Carrie is lined with a mocha-coloured nylon. Soft and shiny. There is one large, padded sleeve for your laptop (fits my MacBook Pro 15 with ample room - it should fit most 17" laptops) that is held closed with a velcro-ed strip of faux leather. Opposite the laptop sleeve are smaller pockets for cellphone, pda, business cards and pens. There is also a small zippered pouch for change or other incidentals. The main pouch of the Carrie is quite roomy and can hold guidebooks, suntan lotion, spyglasses, lion-repellent and even your extra mosquito netting.
You can read the full review of the Carrie by JoJo Designs at my laptop bag lens ...
Pics are from JoJo Designs flickr collection.