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We stopped by the FashTech Founders Meet Funders event in SoMa last night, and confirmed what you already knew: Bay Area fashion startups are focused on styling or shopping apps. And that's fine. We love shopping! But we also love products. So when we came across Jon Lou's gorgeous leather 314 bag, we were intrigued.
The bag itself is a classic design, hand-crafted in Italy. The shape is reminiscent of the Louis Vuitton Capucine or Hermès Birkin. But this battery-powered bag can charge any of your USB-enabled devices on the go.
Unlike those solar-powered backpacks you've seen around town, the 314 looks and feels luxe. It's fitting for a company that describes itself as "a lifestyle brand for techinistas" that aims to create accessories that interact with electronic devices. The bag not only charges your mobile devices for two weeks straight, it will light up in low ambient lighting so you can actually see what's at the bottom of your purse. (Okay, that could be scary.)
Before the scheduled Winter 2014 release, Jon Lou is looking for 20 techinistas to test-drive the 314. Are you the perfect gal (or guy) for the job? Then apply here.
· Jon Lou [Official Site]
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