You don’t know what your next significant memory will be. A trip to the park could introduce you to a future boss’s niece’s roommate. That sound at the door could be your neighbor waiting to be helped and to become a friend along the way. At any time, you could lose someone you love, and your most recent memory of them, however mundane it once seemed, could become the most profound. Your memories, far from dwelling in the past, change in importance and in tone as your current and future experiences unfold.
For many creative types–from designers to writers to photographers–the slippery nature of memory inspires us to save what we can. We write down conversations with our mothers and hoard clips from the newspaper, the gallery, the march, and the supermarket alike. We can’t help believing that one day they will resonate with us or with someone looking into our legacy and our era.
To do the work of memory-making, we need tools. As I writer, I carry a journal, for example. Others may stow a camera in their pockets at all times. Others still, require the latest technology so they can tweet #liveeverysecond as they do just that. Regardless of your craft, you need a medium to turn your personal memories into something shared.
Your tools don’t have to be luxury items, but you wouldn’t be reading Details if you didn’t also believe that style matters. To document your life with a touch of elegance, I recommend a blogger’s trifecta–a notebook, a camera, and a handsome bag to carry them.
For the notebook, look no further than Tan Mavitan’s triangle journal, which unfolds to a square page. Despite its unusual shape, the lined journal lies flat while you write and saves space so that your bag is light and you are free to record the world on the go.
For the camera, the new Leica’s C Type 112 is a winsome choice. Designed by Leica and AUDI–yes, the car company–this point-and-shoot packs high-end features into a compact frame. The camera boasts 12.1 megapixels of resolution and shoots HD video at ten frames-per-second. On the more technical side, the camera is WiFi and NFC-enabled so that you or a friend can view photos on a smartphone or tablet in real time. Available in a Champagne or Bordeaux finish, the C Type 112 can be used for everything from recording vlogs to immortalizing personal photographs.
While a bag can’t capture what’s around you or in your head, it enables you take your creative implements wherever you go. Look no further than Everlane’s tote for a versatile staple. Reminiscent of your favorite jeans yet complementary to a suit, the bag transitions from summer to fall and from work to play, allowing you to bring your memory-making accessories wherever you will go.
Whether you choose these tools or not, I dare you to change your life, even in a small way such as upgrading your accessories. You can’t predict how a simple shift will resonate in your experience and your art. The small memories you make now may not alter the course of the earth, but they might just connect you to our collective past, present, and future.