Journey in (Sustainable) Fashion with Rothy’s Weekender Bag

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Though COVID-19 is putting a damper on travel around the world, people are still finding ways to have little adventures of their own, even if it means a weekend trip to a nearby town to shop, relax, wine, eat and new ones to recharge your batteries. And while you may not have needed your bulky rolling luggage or even that overhead bin-friendly suitcase for the last two years, chances are you needed a smaller, more easily transportable suitcase weekend bag to see you through some much needed getaways in the pandemic time.

I’ve had my fair share weekend bags. There were the colorful cloth bags that looked cute but quickly lost their durability and originality after a few trips. Then there were them Leather holdalls which certainly contained everything I needed but weren’t fancy enough to use for more than a couple of years before they were donated.

And sure, there are tons of beautiful, fashionable weekender bags out there, but personally I’ve fallen in love Rothy’s weekender bag, which has already inspired me to make travel a priority. I chose the eco-friendly bag not only because of its beautiful design, but also because of the way it’s made.

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Known for its commitment to sustainability and its trademark, easily identifiable homes, Rothy’s has made a name for itself with forward-thinking fashion. And while it would be easy to adore the brand just for their comfy flats, their lesser-known holdalls are also worthy of praise. The brand carries two that I love: The weekender and The sleeper.

As you might have guessed from the name, the weekender, made from recycled plastic, is spacious enough for multi-day trips. The bag holds its structure incredibly well and isn’t flimsy at all.

If you can mix and match clothes and don’t pack too much extra fluff – it’s hard not to overdo it with reading – you can pack comfortably for up to four to five days of travel with The Weekender. However, the overnighter is a real overnighter.

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The bags themselves look like expensive handbags that have been blown up. I went with the versatile camel and black style, but the bag is also available in a sandstone Draft. And if you ever need to clean your bag, no worries: it comes with a dedicated wash bag to protect it for those gentle washes.

I sometimes use the adjustable shoulder strap depending on how much I’m carrying, but it’s removable if you prefer to hold the padded, easy-to-carry handles. The weekender bag has a main compartment for clothes, but also has two incredibly useful side compartments: one handy for shoes, maybe one matching pair of Rothys, and another to fit other necessities like phone charger, notebook, electric toothbrush, wallet, sunglasses – I’ll leave the packing to you.

And while it’s inevitable that international travel will pick up again as COVID-19 sees its decline, you’ll still find ways to integrate The weekender in your little adventures It’s okay to leave that bulky suitcase in the closet a little longer.

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Inventive couture and a rock come collectively for a Sound & Model Trend Present | Weekender | Group

Dressed in a leopard-flecked top, alligator green sleeves, and coral trousers, Tolliver Shearn knows a thing or two when it comes to “makeover” on a fashion runway.

“You always think about your next step,” he says with a smile. “You also spend a lot of time looking at yourself in the bedroom and perfecting the perfect pose.”

That’s because Shearn is not a professional Zoolander. Instead, he’s a student at Western Iowa Tech Community College who attended the Sound & Style Fashion Show on Saturday at the Warrior Hotel, 525 Sixth St.

It’s a fundraiser for the Sioux City Conservatory of Music and begins with a matinee before the symphony from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. a DJ dance party from 9 p.m.

What does fashion have to do with music? According to Conservatory of Music co-founder Gia Emory, there has always been a connection between musicians and designers.

“When you think of David Bowie and Prince, how they look is as important as their sound,” she explains.

Emory was a West Coast stylist for fashionable women like Britney Spears and Priscilla Presley for many years.

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Grace Emory is just as stylish as her mother. In fact, North High School 11th grade is considering a career as a fashion designer.

“You don’t have to spend a lot of money to look good,” she says. “You can take old clothes, make a few changes and turn them into something really eye-catching.”

Grace Emory was an example of her “upcycle” style, wearing an old cardigan, vintage concert t-shirt, wrap skirt, and leggings.

East High School 10th grade Chloie Roupe sported a similar look with a cardigan, animal print leggings, and a flowing dress.

“My style is a little retro and at the same time a little futuristic,” explains Roupe, who names both singer Lady Gaga and designer Betsey Johnson as style icons.

Like Grace Emory, Roupe is an aspiring fashion designer who will be showing fashion during the Sound & Style Show.

“My grandmother taught me to sew,” says Roupe. “I’ve been experimenting with fabrics ever since.

In addition to Roupe and Grace Emory, clothing by Rachel Anne Rainwater from Los Angeles and Sean Bolte from Minneapolis will also be shown on the catwalk. So is Paul Chelstad, a Sioux City-based artist who will be exhibiting some of his graffiti-inspired fashions.

Surely Miguel “Nasty” Almaraz-Castaneda, the 21-year-old owner of the graphic design collective Nasty Collective, will take a lot of high fashion photos.

“I take photos, make videos, do graphic design and even do a little podcasts whenever I get the chance,” he says. “Have to do whatever you can to get through.”

Almaraz-Casteneda has been homeless for much of the past five years.

“My mother turned me away when I was 16,” he says. “Since then I’ve been alone.”

That didn’t stifle Almaraz-Castaneda’s ambitions and creativity.

He names Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur and Quentin Tarantino as unlikely muses.

“There’s style in both hip-hop and filmmaking,” he says. “I like it.”

So who is Rebecca Ericksen’s fashion hero? Probably not her father.

“I’ve seen Becca buy old goodwill men’s jeans, change a few things, and wear them to school,” says Tim Ericksen as his Sergeant Bluff-Luton Community High School daughter walks the Sound & Style runway. “I’ll tell her I have a lot of old jeans that she can ‘upcycle’. So far, Becca has not accepted my offer. “

Fashion is a creative outlet, says Rebecca Ericksen.

“I just like to take something used and make it new again,” says the first-time model.

While Rebecca Ericksen is still working out the kinks in her model poses, Zoe Belk already feels at home in front of an audience.

“I’ve never modeled before, but I’m also a singer,” says the Western Iowa Tech Community College student who modeled for one night. “A catwalk is just another type of stage.”

Which is a good attitude. After all, fashion creates trust.

“I started looking into fashion to express myself creatively,” says Grace Emory. “I show the world who I am when I dress the way I do.”

Chloie Roupe nods her head in agreement.

“Fashion should show your personality,” she says. “It’s a reflection of who you are.”

In fashionable destroyed jeans, cool kicks and a white shirt, photographer “Nasty” Almaraz-Castanada is just as trendy as everyone on the catwalk.

“Confidence in yourself is the key,” he says. “That’s true no matter what you do.”