If you’ve been searching for the perfect weekender bag, your luck’s in – I’ve found it. Meet The Catalina by Lo and Sons*, a family business in NYC.
All too often functional means frumpy but this is definitely not the case with The Catalina weekender bag. This huge canvas bag (and I mean – huge) is the perfect mix of classic style and sturdiness. I’m all about clean lines and neutrals, of which this bag has both and the dove grey shade is just perfection. There are no overly complicated bells and whistles here, just an aesthetically pleasing bag with a beautifully simple design.
Features of The Catalina Weekender Bag
The Catalina features a spacious zipped main compartment with an inner zipped pocket, a large zipped bottom compartment and two small slide pockets on either side. The really clever bit, the pièce de résistance, is the bottom zipped compartment, which is ideal for shoes, toiletries, bulky hair tools or dirty clothes.
It’s available in ten muted colours of pre-washed cotton, in three sizes (the original Catalina, and a small and large Catalina Deluxe which have an across the body strap) and is fully machine washable.
How much can I pack inside it?
I’m not one to travel light (I have way too many beauty products to even attempt hand luggage only) but this weekender bag fits everything you could possibly need for a quick getaway. I recently took it on a trip to Santorini and was able to fit my laptop, camera, a change of clothes and a jacket in it along with all my travel essentials and it was nowhere near full. In addition, it’s also lightweight and folds easily – perfect for fitting under the seat in front of you or in the overhead locker on the plane.
Taking it on a summer holiday? It doubles up as a beach bag with plenty of room for your towel and inflatable swan. There’s no need to banish it to the back of the cupboard when you’re not travelling either – it’s also ideal for the gym (sweaty clothes go in the bottom compartment, obviously).
Full disclosure – Lo and Sons currently only ship within the US, sorry UK and beyond readers! However they hope to offer international shipping in the future so please sign up to their mailing list and be the first to know when they do. (I chose to feature this bag even though I am in the UK because most of my readers are in the US.)
*Lo and Sons kindly sent me this bag for review but this did not in any way affect my honest opinion.
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