Are gadgets finally getting a decent fashion makeover Top designer creates a (stylish) bag that will also charge your phone
Typically, female-focused technology
comes in garish pink or has a celebrity endorsement.
A new product by top fashion designer Richard Nicoll, however, promises to buck that trend.
A new-season bag from the label is more than a modern classic. Adding function to form, it also doubles as a phone charger.
Power handbag: Designer Richard Nicoll has created a tote with an internal phone charger that will give your cell up to two days of battery life
The elegant white leather tote contains a discrete pocket that holds a battery-powered back-up power source.
Initially, the device must be charged
from the mains using a cable that connects magnetically to the outside
of the bag but, once full, it will last two days – much longer than the
lifespan of the average well-used smartphone.
The clever feature will allow users to boost Blackberries, iPhones and Androids on the go, avoiding
the dreaded dead battery.
More conveniently still, a 'charm' hangs on
the outside of the bag and flashes if a call comes in, so your business
meeting or appointment isn't interrupted by a ringtone.
Techy tote : The leather accessory contains a discrete battery point and also features a 'charm', which flashes when a call is coming in
No price has been released for the bag, which will go on sale later this spring, but similar (traditional) bags sell for 295 ($467).
British-born Mr Nicoll debuted the gadget at London Fashion Week in conjunction with his sponsor Vodaphone.
He told TIME: 'We wanted to create a collaborative product that fused fashion and technology.
'The recharging bag is especially relevant for my collection this season, because it’s about the notion of work and all its facets in modern times.'
Mr Nicoll also collaborated with Tusting, the upscale leather goods company, to create the accessory.