The tennis bag is to a tennis player what the handbag is to a fashionista – they hold all of our stuff. And while both types of bag can (and usually do) serve more than one purpose, only the handbag comes in numerous styles, sizes, materials, colors, and patterns that will coordinate perfectly with any outfit imaginable. The tennis bag, on the other hand, has always looked like, well, a tennis bag.
Recently, designers have been thinking outside the service box when it comes to tennis bags, realizing that many women want tennis bags that compliment their keen fashion sense, rather than clash with it.
Here are several brands which offer us not only multi-purpose functionality, but style and sophistication, as well. It’s true that they are priced higher than the bags you can find in nearly every retail outlet, however their expert craftsmanship from the highest quality materials, and elegant designs make them worth it. They’ll last longer and look newer longer than their cheaper counterparts. And they’re GORGEOUS!!!
Cortiglia’s Grand Sport Crown Bag (embellished by Marion Bartoli)
Sporty style and functionality come together in Cortiglia’s line of bags inspired by 2013 Wimbledon Champion, Marion Bartoli. The Grand Sport Crown Bag sports beautiful hardware, gorgeous Italian leather and an energizing interior. Gold studs adorn the bag in the shape of a wing. With a main compartment large enough to fit 2 racquets comfortably, it has been well-designed with three interior tech pockets and one accessory zippered pocket. With duel exterior side pockets and metal feet to protect the bottom of your bag from the court, this is the grand slam of all tennis bags! Complete with a “wings of love” chain designed by Marion Bartoli.
Park’s Kapuskasing Tennis Tote
Whether playing tennis at the club or on your own private court in the Hamptons, the Kapuskasing Tennis Tote is perfect for you. With it’s ultimate in old school chic design and gorgeous waterproof Italian coated canvas, this tote is exactly what you dreamed of. The elegant vachetta trim and richly saturated colors give the perfect attention to detail that really makes you covet this bag. This tote has signature comes complete with a signature plaid lined racquet pocket, two interior ball canister holders, an extra-large exterior zip pocket, crest feet, interior zip and cell phone pocket, and vachetta leather luggage tag. Court etiquette and sportsman-like graciousness aside, it’s always great to get an ‘Ace.’
Court Couture’s “Hampton Monogram” Backpack
The Monogram design was inspired by a fond childhood memory of Stephanie Sumarsono, owner and designer of Court Couture tennis bags, when she received her first wooden tennis racquet that was given to her by her mother. This faux leather backpack is the perfect combination of vintage-meets-modern, and will hold two rackets comfortably, as well as all of your on-court necessities.