Solar energy goes haute couture

The greening of the runway continues


Move over, "Power Purse." There's a new bag in town.

Alternative energy continues to make inroads in the fashion world with the "Solar" series from Picard. Like other accessories with built-in solar panels, this line of leather computer bags, backpacks and luggage uses the sun's rays to charge all manner of electronic gadgets, including mobile phones, media players and laptops.

Of course, it wouldn't be a designer item without a designer price: Slashphone says the "Solar Bag" will go for about $670. What did you expect, a DIY backpack?

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by Bridget Carey