By Marianne Lucchesi Hamilton
At last count, Sheldon Borenstein had close to 50 briefcases and bags of every description in his possession. But the owner of Oak Park-based Sheldon’s Art Academy still hadn’t found the ideal carryall for the array of art supplies such as sketchbooks, pencils, and watercolors he totes with him wherever he goes. When he realized that his studio was turning into a luggage store, he set about designing the perfect bag for artists, as well as businesspeople wishing to create a portable working environment.
Over a year a, Borenstein is proudly introducing "the Solution Bag" a messenger-style shoulder bag that easily accommodates and transports item in an artist’s arsenal. Constructed of rugged nylon and leather, the bag features a modular configuration that can be customized to each owner’s needs (and the occasion).
For example, an artist may wish to sketch in the three-ring binder that comes with the bag, while reviewing photos archived on an iPod. By attaching the Solution’s small zippered pouch to the shoulder strap, the iPod is secure, while a rainbow of pens and pencils can be stashed in the handy holders. Other zippered pouches and utility pockets of various sizes are included with the bag; secure snaps ensure that every item stays in place.
Borenstein worked closely with the parent of one of his students to develop the prototype. She’s a designer for one of the major bag manufacturers, and creates everything from high-end purses to backpacks, Borenstein notes. I gave her the design and she engineered it. Then I took the various samples everywhere: to Europe, to the classes I teach each Friday at San Jose State University, and elsewhere. Those prototypes had more frequent-flier miles than most business travelers I know. After receiving feedback from fellow artists and his students, Borenstein’s 'Solution' was ready for production.
Now, the bag’s three-ring binder enables artists to remove pages and insert them into any desired portfolio, Borenstein says. Plus, you’re not constantly reaching into a bottomless pit and trying to find things; your supplies are all right there and completely organized. Businesspeople will find the Solution beneficial as well, he adds. With the removable pockets, you can just bring your PDA and a tablet for taking notes, or whatever you need; you don’t have to lug around tons of extra stuff.
This messenger style bag can be carried over the shoulder and includes a three-ring binder perfect for taking notes or sketching on the go. Made of black ballistic nylon, genuine leather, and with detachable parts, you can customize your bag for any occasion. Secure snaps cover the front, back, inside and strap, allowing you to switch any of our parts as needed.
Prices do not include shipping, or sales tax for CA residents.
*art supplies not included