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F.Rock made its first impression when I spotted a plaid and leather messenger bag in a tent as I was leaving the SOWA antiques market.  I have been on the hunt  to replace my old Jack Spade bag.  Upon taking a closer look, I was struck by the beautiful bags.  And after speaking with owner and designer, Nicolé, I understand why.  Nicolé is a passionate woman and I could tell that she infuses a large part of herself into her work.  F.Rock, is Boston based and emerged from Nicolé’s desire to create stylish, eco-friendly bags for the guy on the go.  The custom carryalls blend traditional and urban style flawlessy.  The design is simple and masculine which appeals to me as my Jack Spade 2 has been glued to me since Jack Spade 1 was stolen 2 years ago.  Named after Boston streets and landmarks, F.Rock designs vary in size and utility from the Brattle, perfect for a day on the town to the Harrison, more substantial, taking you from week to weekend with tons of flexibility.  You can choose from an assortment of 100% recycled fabrics and leathers as well as the hardware which is sourced locally.  F.Rock goes farther than most when it comes to sustainability.   “2% of each F. Rock purchase goes directly to environmental initiatives and leadership programs benefiting urban youth in Massachusetts,” according to the website.  F. Rock believes in 360 degree production, so all of the bags are “Locally made, sustainable, stylish, and give back to community.”  They had me the moment I saw the bags in the tent but it certainly makes me feel better that this company really cares.   So out with my Jack Spade, it is time for F. Rock!  The company also has functionally designed wallets and laptop cases in the fabrics and leathers available for their bags, hmmm…it may be time to replace that Ralph Lauren wallet as well.

Franklin_cream_whiskeyhbplaidSo here is what I am thinking  for my bag: My Jack Spade is well huge and is perfect for carrying everything but I want to get away from the bulky look…I think it is time for something slim.  I love the Franklin shown in the whiskey cream herringbone plaid with the medium brown leather.  I am not crazy about gold hardware but it works on this bag.  I saw this one on the site but the designer in me wants to design my own.  I could play on their website for hours changing leathers, fabrics, and hardware – they’ve made it quite easy.  Here are some combinations I like…what do you think?

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Definitely check out F.Rock,  Also at the SoWa Sundays Bazaar and online at Frockbag.com. And F.Rock is coming to stores near you, including Motley and Mr. Sid.  Nicolé mentioned that they have received so many orders that it will take at least 4 weeks to get your bag, so get moving.