Durango street style: Utility packs

by Patty Templeton

Becca Jordan is a bookseller, artist, and writer. She’s such a damn fine writer that, a few years back, Jordan was invited to attend Clarion, a prestigious six-week long, fantasy and sci-fi writers workshop. (Previous Clarion alumni include speculative fiction heavy hitters like Octavia Butler, Richard Kadrey, Kelly Link, and Nicola Griffith.) There is a glow both about Jordan’s writing and her presence. Her pep is infectious and she’s got a wicked awesome closet.

Going back to the beginning of the month, DGO saw Jordan out and about at Ska Brewing’s 22nd Anniversary Party and had to ask her about her utility pack, because forever and always we will love when function meets fashion.

“Someone called it a fanny pack. [Makes ugh noise and laughs] It’s not a fanny pack, it’s a utility pack. I keep the essentials in it – phone, ID, credit cards. I don’t want to carry a purse, so this works. Purses are terrible. I prefer a backpack, but you have to at least have pockets.

It was a gift from a friend of mine, and I think she got it at Earthbound (Trading Co.). I think they might have them at Animas Trading, too. It’s the only one I have and I wear it any and every time that a purse is going to get in the way, like at the Renaissance Faire. When I got ready today, I was like, ‘Should I go with something more practical? Something with pockets?’ Then I was like, ‘UTILITY PACK!’ and, pockets were covered.”

Patty Templeton


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