My friend, Rhea just sent me a link to the Freitag bag website. All made from recycled tarps, these bags would be perfect for the rainy climate here in the Northwest. The company is headquartered in Zurich which I guess is why all their bags are so wonderfully stylish and sleek. Rhea owns one and claims it is very durable. I totally believe her and am convinced I need a new satchel for my commute now!