It all sounds good on paper: ballistic nylon exterior, a GRID-IT! organizing insert to get all your tech gear safely stashed, water resistant, an exterior see-thru pocket for you iPhone/Touch, and a safe stash area for your beloved iPad. But even though the Gramercy Messenger Sling is offered in a variety of masculine colourways and comes labeled with a name which evokes images of an urban sophisticate, once you put on this sling, you quickly recognize you're wearing a man-bag. A most stylish and utilitarian one, but a petite man-bag, nonetheless.
The nail in the coffin was when my better half came over and cooed upon unpacking the compact sling, exclaiming she wished she had an iPad herself to stow away inside the Cocoon Gramercy Messenger Sling. Tres chic!
So perhaps the issue here isn't the design, for gender issues aside, the Gramercy is a very well constructed and appointed bag with a plethora of storage-holding options, thanks to the handy GRID-IT! insert. Rather, the folks at Cocoon should consider tweaking the colours, change out the name and rebrand this iPad case for the sophisticated tech-savvy lady (and we note, plenty of our female friends would have no issues rocking one of the three existing colourways). Are you man enough to wear and use this, fellas? The Gramercy: made for a man, but strong enough for a woman!
Available for $29.95 at Cocoon.