There’s a saying in German, “good things take time”. As for me, I purchased my Basil Katharina shoulder bag months ago, just after I’d looked at it in Amsterdam.* I’d been coveting it for a while, but there was one thing I wasn’t sure about: I carry a bike basket on BB that’s firmly attached and I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to attach a bike bag as well. So I wanted to take a look at it first to see whether I could actually attach it to the bike basket itself rather than to the rear rack. The good news is: this is perfectly possible, and so I went for it.
I’ve since been using the bag almost every day for commuting to work. This was one of the reasons I started coveting it in the first place: the Katharina is elegant enough to be taken into the office and camouflages as a canvas handbag. It’s not overly formal, but formal enough, making it perfect for my purposes. To up the “smart” factor, I purchased it in black. There’s also a very cute version with flowers on it, and then there’s also the Basil Elements bag, which – as far as I can tell – is pretty much the same bag, but comes in a bluish-grey shade and brown. You can check them all out here.