Just when I think that the diaper bag market has exhausted itself, that the options for a diaper bag are so limited that everything has been done — at least once, if not twice — before, I stumbled upon Lexie Barnes. This New England-based designer and mom of four boys brings over a decade of experience in the performing arts to her collection, and there’s no doubt about it: these bags are high on the drama quotient. We recently tested the Darling bag ($110) in Diablo, a new print for spring/summer 2008, and its never been quite so hip to be square.
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Measuring in at 12.5"x12.5"x3", the Darling bag is, indeed, in the shape of a square. Although it’s billed as a flight bag, the Darling can easily fill any number of roles including, obviously, a diaper bag. It also makes a great everyday bag, because of its compact size. I can easily see myself grabbing the Darling to run some errands without my kids in tow.
With five interior pockets, two exterior easy-access outside pockets, two side pockets perfect for bottles and a hidden key/phone pocket, storage is not an issue with the Darling. If you’re an organization freak and ascribe to the ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’ philosophy, then this is the designer for you. The Darling is perfect for toting around the gear associated with one baby; If you need enough room to store supplies for two babies or more, you might want to move up to the Superstar ($140; see photo at right), which is a bit roomier at 12.5"x17"x6". The Darling comes with a shoulder strap with non-slip pad. If you prefer handles, there’s one of them, too; Simply remove the shoulder strap.
The Diablo print is bold and funky, and is bound to attract attention. The purple and burgundy look so unexpectedly gorgeous scrolled together…I think of it as geisha meets carnaval. The fabric is water-resistant taffeta, and I tested it for as much; Spilling some water on the bags exterior, the water beaded up and rolled away instantly. The Darling’s interior is nylon. Each of Lexie Barnes’ bags come in two other fabric choices this season: Utopia, which mixes butter yellow with lime and olive green (as depicted on Superstar, above-right), and Pacifica, which combines blue, pink and chocolate brown. In addition to the Darling and Superstar bags, Lexie Barnes offers the Lady B and the Jinx — each of which can successfully be used as a diaper bag.
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