Ties are boring. Give your dad or grad a gift he truly can savor, like Plaid Doctrine’s Belltown messenger bag. Handcrafted in downtown Seattle from recycled plastic bottles, the water-resistant carryall features a main compartment large enough to fit a 15-inch laptop, a padded interior pocket for an iPad or Kindle, a rear pocket that slips over a rolling-luggage handle, and two expandable side pockets for a water bottle or small umbrella. Plus, you get your choice of chevron or argyle print—like socks, only a gajillion times better. Enter now to win one of your own!


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Note: This contest is only open only to residents of the United States and Canada.

We’ll announce the winner in our newsletter on Wednesday, June 20. The deadline to enter is 12 midnight ET on Tuesday, June 19, so ENTER NOW for a chance to win!


Plaid Doctrine is the brainchild of Suzanne Park, who has logged 300,000-plus miles traveling for work and has spent ample time feeling frustrated with the travel gear available today. Plaid Doctrine offers the kind of travel accessories Park says she would have killed for in her days of non-stop travel: good-looking but not too trendy, green, and built to last. Nearly all of Plaid Doctrine’s materials are sourced domestically, and all of its goods are crafted in the United States.

+ Belltown Messenger $129

+ Plaid Doctrine

Originally published on June 7, 2012.