Feb 8, 2017

Function and style

Lightweight, durable, and supremely functional – all words I would use to describe MZ Wallace bags. I get a lot of questions on what are my favorite camera bags and how do I travel with my gear, and I actually don't use any fancy camera bags or rollers at all. Instead I pop an insert like this one into my MZ Wallace metro tote (shown here is a large). Any additional lenses that don't fit in the insert, I wrap in these guys and toss along the side of the insert. But these totes are extremely versatile and when I'm not using them to tote my camera gear, I use them for clothing/shoes as well as to transport props between my apartment and studio. In NY, I feel like I don't go a single day without seeing at least one person with a metro tote walking around. They make for amazing gym bags, as well as great extra bags for those trips where you might bring home more than you originally left with, as they literally fold up into a tiny pouch.

I recently photographed a little travel feature showcasing a few of these great travel bags in situ at the lovely EDITION Hotel in New York.

The garment bag is super chic and would be perfect for those travels where you might be bringing something fancy (or a suit). It can also be easily folded or rolled. Given my lack of storage space, I love anything that can take up as small a footprint as possible when stored.

The Frankie travel bag (shown below) comes with a detachable pouch (shown above) that is ideal for holding toiletries or other small bits and bobs. It's currently holding my favorite hand cream, a good comb, perfume, and some själ skincare goods.

This bag not only has a million (okay, eight) exterior pockets, but the interior also fits my laptop (13" macbook pro) which is so key for any "personal item" I bring on flights. I always want easy access to my laptop so I don't have to go digging in my carry-on for it. I've also comfortably fit a few small magazines, my external hard drive, and my Smythson planner. Bonus: there's an exterior pocket on the Frankie that allows the bag to slide over the handles of any luggage, so you don't have to worry about it falling over.

With the large metro tote also comes a set of detachable pouches in varying sizes, which of course is useful for keeping extra organized. In addition to using them for toiletries, I tend to use these pouches for things like chargers, batteries, and cables to keep them all in one place.

All set to go!

In collaboration with MZ Wallace


  1. Beautiful post - as always.

    May I ask what the white silk top is you're wearing? It's lovely!


    1. thank you! it's a previous season Vince top, so I couldn't find it online anymore

  2. I love the idea of that garment bag!! So handy. This hotel is just stunning too! What a lovely room.
    xx Jenelle

  3. Hi Alice, the neutral colored shoes (one next to the Channel), could you kindly tell me who is the maker. Thanks

    1. do you mean the tan colored ones? I don't have chanel shoes in this shot. I think you might be talking about the Tabitha Simmons pumps which are the neutral colored shoes with the black band.