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MotoChic’s Lauren bag By Deb Gasque #182082


I RECENTLY CAME ACROSS THE products created by California-based MotoChic at a women’s motorcycling conference I attended in May. Of course being a fashionista, I immedi- ately honed in on the fabulous bags designed by the company’s owner, Debra Chin, and spent some time examining every fine detail. Both her “Lauren” bag (a convertible backpack/ tote) and the smaller counterpart, “Valerie” (a wristlet-type bag), are made from high- quality, lightweight materials and are intended to be super- functional accessories for those riding on two wheels. Following my first


sighting of MotoChic’s sassy bags that weekend in May, I contacted Chin for a closer look at her Lauren bag. Even though both of my 1994 R 1100 RS bikes have saddlebags, I was curious as to the functionality of a backpack and the comfort of wearing it for longer dis- tances. I, of course, was also interested in the fashion aspect, as the Lauren bag easily and quickly converts into a tote bag. Debra was very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating, and she graciously offered to send me a demo Lauren bag to test. When I opened the box, I was


thrilled to see such a gorgeous and well-made bag. I could smell “luxuri- ous” all over it. As I began my thor- ough investigation, I noticed how incredibly clever Chin’s design is. Including the ample, main space inside of the bag, there are functional pockets and clever hideaway


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compartments galore, all lined with Debra’s copyrighted, motorcycle-patterned mate- rial. Too cute! She has also fashioned her backpack to


cleverly store tote bag components in hid- den areas of the bag, secured with built-in magnets and thus create clean lines. The outside of this fashion-meets-function masterpiece is constructed with a self-stor- ing, water-resistant dust/rain fly that keeps


a day working on an article in town: my MacBook, phone, reference materials, wal- let, charging cords, sunglasses, lipstick, lotion and a couple of other small items. It all fit perfectly with room to spare, and I set out to give this sassy bag a try. I rode all over town during a very hot and humid summer weekend. The bag fit nicely on my shoul- ders with no discomfort or extreme heat issues. Honestly, I forgot it was riding on my back most of the time. When I arrived at my


destination to get some writing done, I unloaded my gear with ease and got to work quickly. With this bag’s many compartments and sections, it’s easy to stay organized. Another big plus:


this Fashionista


maintained her sense of fashion and style. Moto- Chic’s Lauren bag, which incidentally is named after the style icon Lauren Hut- ton, is truly a classic, finely- crafted bag made by an extremely savvy entrepre-


the bag protected through high speed wind and rain. There are large reflective panels on the back for nighttime visibility and quilted leather panels on the bags that come in black, white or red to give this bag its classy “pop!” I loaded my loaner Lauren up with all of the items I would normally tote with me for


neur who not only has hit the mark on her products, but also rides. That’s absolutely a win-win! MotoChic’s Lauren bag retails for $325,


and the smaller Valerie wristlet retails for $55. For more information about Debra Chin and her MotoChic bags, visit motoch- icgear.com.


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