Finally an iPod product for women on the go! (August 4th, 2005)
Product Manufacturer: Delarew Designs
Price: MSRP $49 to $99 US
- Functional fashion. Excellent design, good variety of shapes, colors, and fabrics. A product for women on the go! Metal feet to protect bottom of bag.
- Could use another pocket or liner for iPod accessories. Would like to see a slightly larger bag to fit larger notebooks or pads of paper.
Macworld Boston was barely a blip on the radar screen of most Mac users. Yet, the small show offered an interesting variety of vendors, many with iPod-related products. Oddly one deserving vendor received no awards, but their products certainly deserved one. Most likely no women were on the awards panel, for the company is probably the only one designing products primarily for women.
I discovered Delarew Designs after acquiring my first iPod, only to find that no case on the market met my needs for full protection. I was reluctant to put a cased iPod into my well-abused excuse for a purse. My handbag serves as a first aid station, snack counter, and repository of journals, notes, pens, and according to my dog, a source of tasty treats. Needless to say, crumbs, dog snot, and a variety of foreign substances finds its way into my bag easily, ergo not a place I want to put a sensitive music device.
Innovative iPod PurseDelaPod bags to the rescue! Delarew Designs has a selection of fashion bags with protected iPod pockets, tucked neatly away from foreign matter. The pockets are zippered and double-lined. None of those feeble snaps like you find on many purses today. Although not padded, one side of the iPod pocket is a thick, clear vinyl window that allows you to play the iPod through the pocket. Holes to either side are perfect to feed through Apple's earbuds.
Juggling Not RequiredDesigner Joallyn Cartwright, a mother of two, with a diaper bag in tow discovered she couldn't use her iPod while working at motherhood. She and her husband tore apart her purses, and redesigned one to protect an iPod from kid's prying hands, theft, and for one arm operation. You can hold your child instead of the iPod.
Good VarietyThe bags, as of this writing, are available in three styles, and a large number of colors and fabrics. I chose a red AccessPak, a leather backpack-convertible model with gold stitching. All the seams are reinforced and no edges are visible throughout the bag. Inside pockets provide storage for cell phone, pens, a small notebook, plus one for that paperback you wish you could read. An outside zippered pocket holds credit cards, and other small miscellaneous items. A checkbook cover was included, but alas, no change purse. The bag has metal feet too, which is welcome to protect the bottom of the bag, and hard to find these days.
Excellent ProductsAfter two months of use, my bag shows no wear whatsoever, unusual for my hard use. I did ask them why no specific pen pockets were included, and found out that the zipper pocket I use to keep food in was for pens. Oops. I put in a request for thin pen pockets in the next version, a change purse, and a bottom liner for accessories, such as small FM transmitters, microphones, and spare headphones. (You can bet one of the kids will rip a headset or two.)
This is so close to a perfect product, that I've granted it a 5-star rating. Finally a vendor that understands the unique needs of busy women and mothers.