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Merry Christmas from Traffic Cone Bag mission control!

Ka-chingle bells ... stuck for a gift for the person who has everything-made-in-China? Consider this: a Made-in-New-York-City Traffic Cone Bag!  This bag is starting to pop up in the strangest places around the planet.

For all Xmas 2011 orders I've been throwing in 2 starter sheets of Lightweights reflectors worth $10, handy for blinging up your bike, helmet, shoes ...

It's a snap!

UPDATE August 2012:
All Traffic Cone Bags now come with this new engraved Traffic Cone Snap:

UPDATE, October 2011
All Traffic Cone Bags now come with this metal snap:

The original snap - a ring:

This may well come back to bite me on the butt, but I'm allowing you to specify whether you want an orange, silver or black visible ring for your snap ON THE BLACK SIDE (on the orange side it will always be orange). The default is black. Let me know when you order.

(The following information - now superceded as of October 2012 - is about the former button and open ring snaps) 
"Small things amuse small minds," my father use to say.

Well forgive me for my gnat-sized cerebellum today, but  I'm excited about the new snaps I've been putting on my bag - by hand.

The original TCB had a snapless front pocket, which worked fine -  I typically used the pocket for a magazine with my jacket stuffed on top and my cellphone stuffed deep, and wear it against my back for security.

But the …

Q: How to you make a minimalist bag? A: Start with a piece of fabric and take away everything that's not bag

Today a friend was pick-pocketed in the subway - her stylish, backpack-style purse was zipped opened and her wallet taken, "first time in 25 years living in NYC."

Stuff in zippered compartments on your back is asking to be robbed.

The Traffic Cone Bag, worn with the black pocket against your back and closed tight, is "lite" security by design - light fingers can't get at your stuff without slashing it with a knife.
It's all part of designing only what you have to, or "minimalist design."

I learned something about this from my advertising days at Saatchi:

Q: How do you carve an elephant from a block of wood?
A: Take a block of wood and remove everything that's not elephant.

Minimalist industrial design has always been my first love.

When designing this bag to be 'everything you need and nothing you don't', I found myself re-thinking the actual wearing process, and how that interaction with the body might influence the design.

For exam…