Before we decided to add another baby to our family, I had been passing on and donating some baby items to people who needed them more, and I gifted and resold the few diaper bags I owned. Shortly after, we found out Izzy was on the way, so naturally I had to make a new list of baby essentials that we wanted to update and re-purchase (lucky for me, sucks for gary's poor ol' wallet ;) I really wanted to find a new bag that is big enough for my daily needs with 3 kids 5 and under, but also one that can be used for years down the road when my babies aren't babies anymore.
I considered many designs and different brands, and read up on lots of user reviews. It was a rather disappointing search at first because a perfect match between price + design just doesn't come easy. Eventually I landed on this company called Moop (I learned about them from A Cup of Jo.) It is a small company that designs and hand manufactures canvas bags in their studio in Pittsburgh, PA. I really like the idea of buying handmade and I usually consider buying from independently owned shops first (within an affordable range, of course.) After communicating with Wendy (the owner) about what I'm looking for in a bag, I decided to invest in The Porter. I picked the one made with gray waxed canvas and lined in teal cordura. Both are highly durable and water resistant fabrics, which is an important quality I was looking for.