I just can’t use a cheap gym bag. I’ve tried to convince myself that it’s ok, but I spend 40 hours a week committed to the idea that utilitarian objects should be beautiful and well-made, and I just can’t shake that feeling when it comes time to work out.

For my purposes, the Tory Burch Palma Small Backpack would be a perfect choice. I don’t need to carry extra shoes or a change of clothes, just a hand towel, my iPod and a book, and this bag would handle all of that with style to spare. Maybe if I had such a bright, cheery gym bag, I’d work out more often.

For those of you who couldn’t imagine paying a couple hundred bucks for this, I totally feel you. But it’s so adorably proportioned and sunny that just looking at it makes me think of all the fun places I could use it, and that’s a quality in a bag that’s worth its weight in gold. Buy through ShopBop for $295.

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