When you're unhappy in your finance job, and you've got a creative writing degree, you've really only got two options: design messenger bags from recycled material, or a really highly-structured, dramatic form of suicide. Thankfully opting for A, F. Rock Bags.
Just launched by a Boston-based former money manager with a creative writing degree (you guessed it!), this new line of eco-friendly, custom-made "carryalls for men" includes high-end messenger bags, padded laptop cases, and wallets that blend urban flair w/ traditional lines and are handcrafted from recycled funky plaid/conservative patterned menswear fabrics, locally made metal closures/hardware, and reclaimed leather scraps. Versatile messenger bags include the canvas-lined Harrison, a sleek design made from a brown/cranberry box plaid fabric that features two pockets w/ swivel closures hidden beneath the leather flap and a patented interchangeable snap pocket system that allows you to switch out up to five different compartments; and a brown pinstripe academic-inspired professor's bag w/ an adjustable leather strap & brushed nickel roller bar buckle called the Copley, which conveniently fills with drunk dudes in Pats jerseys come the weekend. FRB also sews up padded laptop bags like the edgy green wool herringbone Brattle, a 15 x 12 inch case w/ leather sides/bottom, a leather trimmed power cord pocket, and a funky magnetic snap buckle closure; and the streamlined Franklin, a more traditional cream/blue/slate plaid tote w/ two deep internal pockets and a fold over flap in "whiskey leather", which gets digressive and ornery as things wear on.
If you want something to match your sexy new bag, FRB's also got a line of closable bi-fold wallets made from the same fabrics/leathers w/ a divided billfold, eight credit card slots, and an area for your business cards, or super-flat spring-loaded cyanide pellet catapult, the choice is yours.