Forget everything you know about promotional bags. Each year brings new developments and trends that could reshape the way you sell. Whether it's unprecedented bag bans or increased consumer demand for fashion and function, the bag market is changing fast. Here are some of the latest styles to help you keep up.
The Jumbo Natural Tote from Ame & Lulu comes in natural canvas with astor, willow, sugar, wish, canary, villa or cricket pattern detailing. At a spacious 24x6.5x15", it's great for use on boating trips—or for using as a boat if you don't already own one. (Seriously, this bag is massive.) For more information, visit www.ameandlulu.com.
The Cube with Poly Board Insert from American Ad Bag is made from nonwoven polypropylene containing 20 percent post-industrial recycled content. (That's a fancy of way of saying: "Every time you use this bag, a cute baby sea otter high-fives another, even cuter, baby sea otter.") The bag features reinforced 20" handles, a poly board insert, and contrasting handle and trim color. For more information, visit www.adbag.com.
Cool Under Pressure
"Clutch" has been our least favorite word ever since that incident in driver's ed. (Who knew a transmission could catch fire like that?) But thanks to the Clutch Lunch Bag from Evans Manufacturing, our opinion has changed. The 210D polyester bag has a PEVA lining, a zippered main compartment and a reinforced handle. It also folds flat for storage and comes in five colors. For more information, visit www.evans-mfg.com.
If It Ain't Got That Sling
Because 1930s nicknames are the best, we're bringing them back, starting with the Sling Crossbody from Bag Makers. We call it the "King of Sling," and with good reason. The bag features two zippered pockets, a 50" adjustable strap and a Velcro closure. It also has a 4x6" imprint area and comes in three colors. For more information, visit www.bagmakersinc.com.