Melangerie via Etsy
The State-by-Celebrity canvas tote is a truly enlightening accessory. The charming silk-screened illustration pairs each of the 50 states with the celebrity who claims it as their home. Jimi Hendrix is a Washingtonian and Dr. Seuss is a Masshole! Who knew?
Besides falling into the category of indispensable, the State-by-Celebrity bag will help you learn something new each time you throw it over your shoulder. Some are obvious: Barbra Streisand is a native New Yorker and Sitting Bull is from South Dakota, but how funny that Fred Astaire was born in Nebraska, the neighboring state to Ginger Rogers' Missouri; or that Jack Nicholson is a Jersey boy.
We love a bag one can study - besides the hometown match-ups, the caricatures are great. The only downside we can imagine is what constitutes a "conversation-starter" any other place, in New York that could be the equivalent of a "subway-car-switch". Wear picture side in as needed.