Power of the Purse - Introducing The Traveling Backpack

For over 13 years, Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest has hosted an annual fundraising gala, "Power of the Purse," featuring handbags and purses made from local designers. As part of the event, each unique piece is auctioned off in the end with all proceeds going directly to Girls Inc.

As a part of this years POP, Looptworks joined forces again to create another bag. Each purse is typically assigned to a single celeb in Portland, but we were chosen as designers for this year’s Traveling Purse, a bag that will travel every week to a different local celebrity.

Check out our bag's journey so far!


Our interpretation of the traveling purse ended up taking the form of a backpack that could be utilized by any professional woman. Using durable, upcycled leather from Langlitz Leathers, the design gives a slight nod to female strength.

The inspiration behind our traveling bag is unity. When traveling, one takes their original self and joins it with a new foreign force, thus integrating each side. And in the end, through complexion, they create harmony.

However, during development, we furthered our efforts in harmony. Through compromise and change between our in-house designers, we created a unity of ideas. From design alterations to material selection, our team wanted to create a backpack that demonstrated strength and empowerment all with a classic look (thanks to the use of Langlitz Leather).


  • Outside exterior zipper-pocket
  • Inside felt laptop sleeve
  • Pencil pocket
  • Two adjustable, foam-padded leather back straps
  • Fabric: Langlitz Leather
  • Hardware Color: Antique brass

Check out our previous POP bag The Calvin, designed alongside Grimm star Claire Coffee. Click here to read more on The Calvin, and check out our backpack at the POP Gala on April 12th at the Downtown Portland Hilton from 4:30-9:00pm. Get your tickets here, but get them now (it’s almost sold out)!

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