I’m quite lucky to have a fairly flexible job, working as a copywriter and marketer for one client a few days a week while working on this very website and a couple of freelance clients for the remainder of my week. It means I’m often on the move and changing locations around Brighton, so I’m reliant on a sturdy bag to keep me ticking over.
A while back, I wrote about Tijs Studio, a Netherlands-based bag brand creating functional, minimal bags made to withstand the elements and throes of everyday life. I really liked the philosophy that underpinned the brand (and the look of their bags), and since they are now stocked in Workshop, a shop just down the road from me in Brighton, I had to borrow one for a few hours to shoot my nine to five style.
Shirt: Uniqlo | Notebook: Field Notes | Watch: Timex | Trousers: C/O Syndicate Original | Shoes: Clarks Originals | Bag: Tijs Studio
The industry and capacity I work in means I don’t have to worry about being too smart for work, but there’s a fine line between not being smart enough and overdoing it. It’s a little bit of an art that took a while to perfect (and a few months as an intern turning up suited and booted way back when), but it’s nice to bring work-based style to Overdiluted for a change.
Something that’s key for me when dressing in general, but especially for work, is comfort. There’s nothing worse, especially in the summer than feeling a little hot under the collar or turning up to meetings all hot and bothered. That’s where the short sleeve and open shirt come in very handy, offering a touch of smart that’s never too corporate. Both shirts in this piece come from Uniqlo, as their button downs are a brilliant cut, quality and price. I think I own eight of the same Uniqlo Oxford Shirt at the moment. It’s safe to say I’m a fan.
On my feet during the week, it’s usually Clarks Originals, some white trainers (like these Reebok’s) or Converse. I’m usually in chinos, sometimes trousers, which makes the choice of footwear pretty easy, although I like to opt for Clarks due to their “are they/ aren’t they” semi-smart style.
As for the test drive we gave the Tijs Studio Rolltop, it got me very excited by what this new brand have to offer. The slim profile of it means that it’ll fit to your back in a super snug manner, making it much more comfortable than I’ve been used to. The minimal nature of it means it’s not bursting with features, but it doesn’t need to be; it’s just supremely fit for purpose.
Glasses: Cubitts | Shirt: Uniqlo | T-shirt: Folk | Trousers: Cos | Shoes: Reebok Classic | Bag: Tijs Studio
When comparing it to bags I’ve used over the last few years, the heavy, yacht-grade canvas has a lot more toughness in it than you’d expect from a bag that–for a lot of the time–will just sit under your desk. The reality is that sometimes you will be caught in the rain or you might be cycling in some awful conditions. It’s times like these that the materials of Tijs Studio bags will really come into play. It certainly pays to invest for those rainy days.
For me, as a freelancer, it’s little touches like my stationery and my bag that make me feel happy when I’m handing over a business card or walking in to pitch to or meet new people. It comes from a genuine interest in fashion, but having the tools that make my day that little bit easier make everything I do slot into place that little bit easier. The Tijs Studio bag will help me do exactly that, and that’s why it’s got my vote.