Brooks, the British bicycle saddle maker, gives a more nuanced meaning to the word “saddle bag” with a bag that looks like, well, a saddle. New for spring 2012, this beautifully crafted accessory in vibrant shades of apple green, mandarin, raspberry, turquoise and violet was conceived as a saddle cover and bag in one.

Brooks Saddle Bag - bottom view

But it’s probably best suited as a sculptural fashion accessory for portaging necessities like lipstick, credit cards and a few bills. (The bag is the brain child 0f industrial designer Ian Mahaffy, known for an award-winning urban bike rack — and for equipping decommissioned NYC parking meters with simple steel rings to give them new life as bike parking spots.)

Brooks Shoulder Bag

Need something more roomy? Check out the Brooks SoHo Leather Shoulder Bag in honey or black leather with a canvas strap. Measuring approximately 10 in. wide by 15.75 in. high by 4 in. deep, the SoHo accommodates a small laptop or iPad; a detachable, interior zipper bag keeps essentials close at hand.

Brooks England Victoria Saddle Handbag, $212, SoHo Leather Shoulder Bag, $384

photos: Brooks England

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