THE EVERYDAY BACKPACK
On my last trip to New York City, my family and I were putting around Lower East Side, while waiting for a table during lunchtime. We needed to kill time and came upon a little boutique called 7115 by Szeki. From the outside it looks quaint with simple décor, but once I enter the shop I was welcomed by a ray of sunshine. This sunshine was exuding from the owner Szeki herself. I’ve never met anyone, let alone a designer, so friendly, down-to-earth and happy to see a stranger. It’s like reuniting with a friend from elementary school, where she’s familiar but time has kept us apart. We were chatting about her line, the industry, travels and she was nice enough to let Kinsley use her bathroom.
I was browsing through the store and admiring how brave she is to start her own line. She seems to have it altogether, though she might not agree with me, because of her humble upbringing. With two store locations one in L.E.S. and another in Williamsburg, in addition to an online retail presence, I think she’s well on her way! The clothing line is minimal and basic, with time spent on detail and craftsmanship. This reflects on all the other categories she designs.
When I came upon a backpack hung on a wall, I immediately fell in love with it. The practicality of the bag was the coolest thing about it and suits my everyday working mom lifestyle. The bag converts from a backpack to a cross body bag, just by switching out the straps. It’s made in fine grain leather that’s soft and sturdy at the same time. There are countless pockets to help you organize your essentials. The straps are backed by a cotton webbing normally used in heavy duty backpacks. I knew right away it was durable quality and made to last. That’s the motto the designer and myself believe what fashion is all about. She quotes, “We believe in investing in less and spending more time with what you have.” Maybe that’s why I’m so drawn to her products and love the aesthetic of her brand.
There was a story Szeki told me about her mom designing the bags and how she loves collaborating with her, which reminded me of my relationship with my mom. It was a beautiful story on how close they work together and the love that her mom has in creating these bags.
Since there are only few of these bags made, they are only sold in stores. So if you would like to purchase one, call the store to arrange one for you or visit their two locations, if you’re ever in NYC. It’s worth the trip and saying “hi” to Szeki will make your day!
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