We almost lost our lunch when we saw the $290 price tag on Jil Sander's new Vasari clutch — a simple sack of coated brown paper that looks just like the ones we toted to the cafeteria. But local designers and indie shops offer more interesting (and affordable) finds inspired by fall's familiar school supplies. Check out these intelligent designs.
1. Local designer David Bloomquist reimagined the classic composition notebook for the VERSO "SCHOLAR" CASE ($39.99–$49.99). Available at lightwedge.com and spots like Radio Shack, this new old-school style from Boston brand Lightwedge can cradle the Kindle, the iPad, and likely whatever other gadget to which you're currently glued.