On The Road

Your New Favorite Bag is Made in Oaxaca

The Truss designers give us an inside look at their happy place.

By: Emily Ramshaw

You’ve seen Truss bags. At Barneys, on Net-A-Porter, in the hands of every in-the-know editor and stylish vacationer. Maybe you didn’t know they were Truss, but trust us, you’ve seen them. They’re those woven plastic totes that look like something you just happened to pick up on a trip, that you actually still want to wear once you arrive back home—and, in a way, they are. Founders Gillian Tozer and Elise Durbecq were inspired to launch the label when they found similar bags during a holiday in Oaxaca, the charmingly artistic and food-centric Mexican city that needs to be on the top of your bucket list. The designers partnered with local craftspeople to create bags that are ideal for toting both your laptop and towel. But the best part of their job is how much time they get to spend in Oaxaca and its environs—like they did a few weeks ago (Elise actually lives there all year 'round). Next time, we swear we’re going to stow away in Gillian's tote bag and go with her.

Click through the photos for the best place to get a margarita and their secret getaway a short 30-minute flight from Oaxaca.

 

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