17 Thoughts From “When I Was 17..” by Team LeSportsac

 

In honor of our Seventeen x LeSportsac Collection, our amazing and pretty hilarious staff  pitched in to put together their best memories of the good ol’ days. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did living it!

 

 1. Laffy Taffy by DL 4 was THE song. Enough said.

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 2. When I was 17 I was a student at New World School of the Arts in Downtown, Miami. The halls were filled with kids singing and dancing just like you see in the movies. No joke.

3. I had this one backpack since I was 13. It was badly falling apart, like safety pins, permanent chewed gum, every day there was a trail behind me of all the stuff that kept falling out, bad. I thought I was so trendy and refused to get a new one. I would totally get on that level again if I had the Voyager in Tanzania haha.

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4. What was up with the 80’s Banana Pant trend? I was always getting them caught in my bicycle and falling.

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5. When I was 17 the Janet Jackson Superbowl Scandal happened. All I remember is my “cool” math teacher talking in class about how hot and sexy it was.  Let’s just say it got awkward 5 minutes into that discussion.

6. Miley Cyrus was still Hannah Montana. Le Sigh

 7. This is anonymous right? I had an obsession with roller skating and wearing flashy outfits. This would include sequin decorated fanny packs and visors. While I’ve retired the skates I could still rock that Double Zip Belt Bag in Tanzania.

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8. When The Devil Wears Prada came out, I saw it 5 times in the theatre.  I’ve probably seen it an additional 10 times since then.

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9. During the weekends I would set up abstract painted backgrounds and make my sister model styles with me in a fake Photo-shoot setting in my room. At the time we were definitely feeling the 70′s. We still do!

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 10. At 17, I discovered Bjork for the VERY FIRST TIME. It was her newly debuted Homogenic CD.I spent the next 20 minutes standing there trying to figure out what she was until I gave up and bought the CD. Then and there, I found something I can belong to, and decided to become a “true creative” to channel all my craziness into something sublime like she did.

 

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11. I went through a glitter eye shadow phase for a month. Lucky for 17 yr. old me, my 7 yr. old sister had a surplus of this for her dress up games.  I’m thinking now I should get her a Rectangular Cosmetic in Tanzania with a bunch of glitter eye shadows. For memories sake right?

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12. Xtina went back to Christina

13. Marissa Cooper died on the O.C.

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14. Remember those belt buckles that had the words on them?

15. Facebook had just started. Look how far we’ve come now, my 80 year old grandma has it and likes all of my pictures.

16. At 17 I went on a school exchange program to Paris and Nice in France. Great experience!

 17. What was the point of teasing my hair really big and owning enough hairspray to pass down to my future children? Oh yeah Metallica concert.

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Have any fun or inspiring memories of when you were 17? Do share!  Also don’t forget to check out this great collaboration.

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Disney Tink Collection by LeSportsac is here! PLUS Enter to win!

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She’s feisty and sassy, so naturally our Spring collection includes an exclusive feature with Disney’s Tinker Bell. An iconic character since her debut in Peter Pan, and a favorite of many, her personality is big and bold – perfect for LeSportsac’s next Disney installation! With original artwork by Marc Davis, creator of Disney’s Tinker Bell and one of their nine original core animators, this collection is for cultured fanatics and new admirers alike. The Disney Tink Collection by LeSportsac launches TODAY – check out the collection below and be sure to shop the line here!

The Tink Marc Davis print features the original sketches of Marc Davis. Tink and friends are featured on various LeSportsac styles in never-before-seen hand-drawn artwork, and now you can wear a bit of Disney’s “symbol of magic” for yourself!

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The more petite styles offered in Tink Marc Davis Small print are perfect for keeping your Tink-sized essentials organized!

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The Tink Neverland print tracks Tinker Bell as she trails Pixie Dust all over Neverland with golden hues and a brown & black map-like background.

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SP14_TINK_NEVERLAND_ACCShe would be proud – the new LeSportsac Eco Totes, which unfold into full sized totes when you need them and zip up into handy packable sizes when you don’t, are both stylish and dainty.

SP14_TINK_ECO_TOTESAnd now for some even happier thoughts: enter to win one of 15 free Disney Tink Collection by LeSportsac bags at the link below…

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See entry page for official rules. Entry period ends Monday, March 31, 2014 at 11:59pm EDT. The 15 winners will be notified by email on or about April 5th, 2014.

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Benefit Cosmetics x LeSportsac

Grab yourself a purseful of bold & girly glamour! Check out our collaboration with Benefit Cosmetics for our 2014 Spring & Summer Collections with 72 different bags, you’ll want one of each!

 

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We love its combination of vintage glamour with modern flair featuring playful floral prints, cheeky vintage jewels, and brow-raising wit and wisdom. Both collections feature fun graphic styles with Benefit’s unforgettable “words of wisdom” and iconic imagery.

 

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In addition to the fun graphic styles, both collections are full of head-turning prints. And of course, we had to add a few girly twists such as the unique pink Benefit zipper charm with Benefit and LeSportsac’s stamp of approval!

 

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Key pieces also feature black and white polka-dot grosgrain ruffles. And if that wasn’t enough, our Hey Gorgeous Clutch is covered in ruffles from head to toe in more polka dot grosgrain!

 

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Click here to shop the Spring Benefit Cosmetics x LeSportsac Collection now and stay tuned for the Summer Collection launching in late April. And don’t forget to comment below and let us know which print is your favorite!

 

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Teen Vogue’s #Instalist

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Teen Vogue kicked off their very first Instagram fashion show, starring the trendsetting girls of the Instalist! The Instalist is Teen Vogue’s exclusive collection of the coolest tastemakers and trendsetters on Instagram. The fashion show covered three spring trends of Glam Sport, Feminine, and Tomboy Military with looks styled by each young fashion fanatic. Checkout some stylish and fresh new ways to sport your favorite LeSportsac!

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Here is @lusttforlife, Olivia Lopez, rocking a LeSportsac Double Belt Zip Bag in Black Patent. This is a great look for an outdoor concert or festival!  Olivia lives in LA where she documents fashion, flights, food, and festivals for more styling tips go to www.lustforlife.com

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@makeupbymandy24, Amanda Steele, is toting a special LeSportsac 40th Anniversary Ziptop Shopper. She is an avid Youtuber from Southern California. For all things makeup and fashion check out her page www.youtube.com/user/MakeupbyMandy24

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Rachel Iwanyszyn, @jaglever is sporting our Black Patent Basic Backpack that is perfect for school or a weekend trip.  Rachel has a lifestyle and fashion blog www.jaglever.com where she combines modern and vintage styles into her looks.

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Here is Stephanie from @thefashioncitizen wearing a Kasey in Tack solid which is perfect for walking around the city and exploring! Stephanie and Melissa are two fashionistas living the dream in sunny Arizona. Visit their youtube page to see more videos with style tips on current trends www.youtube.com/user/thefashioncitizen.

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@collegeprepster, Carly A. Hietlinger, with a LeSportsac Travel Tote in Tack, getting ready for an adventurous day out.  Check out Carly’s blog http://www.thecollegeprepster.com/for fashion and style tips.

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Here is Kellsey from @summerkellsey with her Fern Voyager Backpack perfect for class or traveling. Kelsey is an avid beauty and fashion youtuber and blogger while also attending college. Check out her blog for more tips on hair, beauty, fashion, lifestyle and DIYs www.summerkellsey.blogspot.com .@summerkellsey

For more stylish looks from the fashion show, check out Teen Vogue!

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The Man behind Men’s

Meet Andres!  Hailing from Colombia, he designed his own bag label for eight years before coming to LeSportsac.  Since 2010, Andres has single-handedly designed the LeSportsac Men’s Collection, as well as acting as a contributing designer to our Artist collaborations and special collections.

What you may not know is that he has no formal training in accessories or fashion design – with an MA in architecture, Andres started his career working in one of the world’s most acclaimed architecture firms in Seattle.  We decided to sit down with him for a Q&A to learn more about the incredible talent behind this emerging line!

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A: I was an architect working in Seattle right after I finished my Master’s, until 2001 and I moved back to Colombia.  That was when I first started designing bags – my wife and I decided to create a line of bags that were completely reversible, and it really took off within the course of a few years.  Within a year we went from one store to eight, and by 2006 we opened a showroom and had shown at major international design trade-shows like Bread and Butter.

All the production was in the town I lived in – it felt really good to work within the community, to make a bit of difference.  We explored a lot of local or upcycled materials, like tubes from old bikes, used bags from rice from the local village.  We employed exclusively in our community.  It became a really close knit company.

The whole opportunity exposed me to learning how to design and produce a bag from scratch – from sketch, how to work with a print, how to do the technical parts like sewing and construction so that I knew exactly how it should turn out.

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How was a background in architecture helpful?

Architecture and bag design are actually really similar.  You have to be honest with materials; you cannot fake masonry, and materials have qualities and you have to stay true to that nature.

They both work with a human scale, with how you move.  They both struggle with proportions, with colors and shapes.

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You design several collections for LeSportsac – how do you approach Men’s, which you have pretty broad control over, versus collections that are collaborative like Artist In Residence and special collections?

With Men’s, I had to stay true to the LeSportsac DNA. Prints, in light nylon, but updated for men’s relevance and to be contemporary.  So I took it as boundary-less.  I tried to explore all the potentials of ripstop.  It is an amazing material, it can be photoreal, solid, print, whatever you want it to be.  I particularly enjoy the layering aspect of it.  I like prints that look washed and a bit worn, bags that look like there’s history, it’s uncrisp, there’s depth.  You can’t do that with cotton.

The use of nylon fabric is utilitarian, and we’re expanding now to explore coated canvas, denim but to keep it lightweight.  For all our bags, it has to be smart.

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This is a New York based brand, so the collection has urban themes.  Living in Brooklyn really helps.  This city – i mean just riding in the subway you see people with high skills, high standards and incredible creativity.  New York really is a special city.  It’s the capital of the world.

For Artist In Residence – I initially thought that designing with existing artist works would be rigid, but there’s a lot of freedom.  The Artist In Residence Collection itself is urban, natural, sweet.  We use a lot more metals, as opposed to plastic, there’s a natural element to it.  When you work on collaborations, there’s room for input in the design.  The most challenging is taking 2D designs and building it into 3D, converting it into a real object.

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What is it that makes these collections special?

I love the storytelling.  It adds value to the brand by understanding the world through the characters, and its a story people of all ages can relate to.

Storytelling, for me, is the great part of being an artist and designer.

You can see more of Andres’ work in the Men’s Collection and special collections at LeSportsac.com.

 

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Spring 14 Preview – Classic Collection

Destinations and drives in balmy weather – Spring is in the air (at least in our minds!) and it’s not hard to see where we drew inspiration from this season.  With heat infused solids and cool, carefree prints, our Classic Collection will feel like a breeze, even when the weather hasn’t caught up yet!

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Picnics and ports!  Prints from this spring feel at home anywhere from a Volkswagen Caravan a-la-1970′s to luxurious cruises in the Mediterranean. Spot our Gingham accessories with pops of bright trim (arriving mid-February), or patchwork Free Spirit paired with an Aquarius tie-dye (arriving in March).  Catch wind of warm destinations with our Capri and Capri Tan print, as well as an office fave of the Garden Poppy print. New to LeSportsac, both of these prints (Capri Tan and Garden Poppy) are now available in 100% silk scarves (arriving in April).

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Speaking of new items, Nautical Stripe is a warm-weather classic with navy and white ticking, reminiscent of old-timey sailor uniforms. Grab yours when you can, though – this print is only available in LeSportsac freestanding stores and online (arriving in April)! What do you think?  Are you ready for an escape?

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Or if you prefer a solid, our Foil Snake fabrication from Fall gets a springtime makeover in shiny new Rose Gold (arriving in March)!

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Spring is known for its inevitable pop-up showers, and LeSportsac’s got you covered in more ways than one! Keep high and dry with our new Surprise Dot Poncho and Umbrella (available now), and to perk up your mood on those gloomy days, we’ve got some nifty new neons – Electro print and the vibrant Vicky Tote in Neon Orbits (arriving in March).

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Also back for Spring will be new versions of our super popular Shoe Pouch Set and Purse Organizer. The Purse Organizer is updated with accent stripes of bright and happy Snappy print (arriving mid-February), while the Shoe Pouch Set gets a flash of fluorescent and a silk-screen graphic of sneakers on Aquarius print (arriving in March). The sixties theme continues with two special edition accessories, the Daisy XL Rectangular Cosmetic and Peace, Love & Daisy Rectangular Cosmetic (both arriving in March).

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Also be on the lookout for our all new Eco Tote – this handy little tote folds up and zips into its own self-contained pouch for easy on-the-go storage. It’s the perfect thing to toss in your bag for unexpected shopping excursions (arriving mid-February).

See below for a preview of our upcoming Spring Classic prints arriving February through March..

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It’s a Celebration! LeSportsac’s 40th Anniversary

While in an airport in 1974, a chance glance at a military parachute duffle inspired the first LeSportsac bag, which was then sketched, sampled, and hand stitched in a small New York city factory.

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Forty years later, that iconic weekender bag is still constructed in the same style – rip-stop nylon, metal hardware with soft but tough webbing to bind it all together. Who could have predicted how this simple combination of fashion and function would serve as a canvas for the likes of urban and pop-culture icons to high-profile designers alike?

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In 2014 we are looking back on our heritage (like the vintage Tattersall Weekenders pictured above) while moving forward, and it wouldn’t be an anniversary without bringing back some of our iconic silhouettes!

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40th_LeBlack_LeBlue Back from the archives are the Camera Bag and Pullman, two of the first bags ever cut from the synonymous LeSportsac rip-stop nylon, this time updated with padding for tech accessories and additional pocketing.  With bold solids and latte trim, this collection will be a subtle wink for long-time friends while feeling modern and fresh for new ones!

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40th_LeGoldenAdditionally, LePatch will be a fun hunt for your favorite print from the past – the full repeat of this print features 192 of the most well-loved LeSportsac prints since 2001!

40th_LePatchThe 40th Ziptop Shoppers are a fun way throwback to the era LeSportsac was born – with solids and fonts reminiscent of the original designs, it’s easy to celebrate with just one or all four totes!

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This Spring Collection is the first of four chapters in celebration of LeSportsac’s 40th Anniversary.  Keep an eye out for more exciting collections as we continue to herald our heritage with a series of unexpected partnerships with like-spirited brands!

Click here to shop our Spring 40th Anniversary Collection now!

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