by Nicole Schlomann
Product designer turned bag maker, Vincent Lai founded his line of stylish totes and messenger bags in 2007 and calls it "Skinny Vinny," a nickname that his friends tease him with.
Lai crafts bags that use architectural and geometrical shapes along with little details like hidden pockets and contrasting trim colors. Handmade in Brooklyn, with each bag hand finished by Lai, the canvas satchels are "straightforward" and "no-fuss," yet completely polished. Says Lai, "Our mission is to create functional products that create a sense of urban sophistication, with tailored craftsmanship and unique designs." In addition to providing urbanites with the perfect pouch for their everyday baggage, the charitable Lai also gives back partial proceeds of each piece to the National Resources Defense Council.