All About the Camp Director Tote + A Sweet Sweepstakes

You’ve seen it, you’ve shopped it, and chances are, you own it. The Camp Director Tote is an iconic ModCloth accessory that continues its legacy through the release of fresh colorways, eye-catching patterns, and exclusive prints—some of which are inspired by you! With the help of our friends, got to know this bag even better, and to share our love of this signature style, we’re holding a sweepstakes! When it comes to the Camp Director Tote, we truly are a passionate bunch. Read on to get the full story, and get ready to enter for your chance to win.

The History

According to Associate Accessories Buyer Lauren, the Camp Director Tote debuted in the summer of 2012 with a buttercream yellow color. Since then, this same bag has been offered in over 25 different versions, ranging from cherry red to quirky dinosaurs. Throughout the years, it’s been transformed into a backpack, given fabric upgrades and the option of a zipper closure, and has become a fun way to showcase our amazing in-house prints. Although we no longer stock the original Camp Director Tote, it’s fox-patterned sibling has been a ModCloth star since 2014. Fun fact: that very same fox colorway has been reordered 18 times! The Camp Director Tote remains a favorite across personalities and professions with its roomy, laptop-and-textbook-friendly interior, sleek faux-leather accents, and adorable iterations.

Behind the Pencil Print with Julie

In your opinion, what makes the Camp Director tote the perfect canvas for showcasing unique prints?
Ha, in a technical sense, a lot of our Camp Director Totes are made of canvas—or a similar-to-canvas woven fabric, so it literally makes a great canvas for our prints. But in a more abstract sense, I think that using an accessory—especially such a versatile, catch-all-do-all like the Camp Director—as a way to mix in some playful prints is a really clever styling trick. If your career demands that you are a bit more buttoned up in your daily business dress, your Camp Director Tote makes a playful laptop bag, textbook carrier, or briefcase.

Walk us through the inspiration for the adorable pencil print.
I was so truly obsessed with school supplies growing up, and I guess I still am, and can totally go and buy them whenever I want—I’m an adult! This print is super graphic and I adore the colors. I was inspired by my nostalgia for getting a new pack of colored pencils, emptying it out, and testing each one of them.

What is it like designing a print that strikes the happy medium between community influence and brand perspective?
Creating prints that will resonate with our community, sit well within our brand identity, feel fashion forward, and hit on our brand ethos of “vintage-inspired” is always a challenge, but it’s a very fun problem to try and solve with each new season. There are so many people and perspectives that go into the products we create for our community, so when we do something like Be the Buyer, it truly is like getting yet another great set of eyes on our designs. The community engagement is out of this world; our customers are unlike any others that I’ve experience before working in this industry.

Love the Bag? Win It!

You read that correctly—we’re giving away the Camp Director Tote with Julie’s whimsical colored pencil print on Instagram and Facebook. Here are the deets:

  • The giveaway runs from 9/10/18 to 9/15/18.
  • To enter on Instagram:
    • Follow @modcloth.
    • On our Instagram posts that contain #BacktoSchool and #ModClothSweeps, leave us a comment about your favorite teacher and the impact they had on your life.
  • To enter on Facebook
  • Limit one (1) entry per person.
  • Contest is not open to international participants. You must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C.
  • The winner will be selected randomly, and announced at the end of the week of 9/10 in the comments of our posts that contain #BacktoSchool and #ModClothSweeps.
  • Click here for the rest of the fine print.

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About Savannah

If something's happening on stage, you can probably find Savannah there, from house shows and dramatic theater productions to faraway metal gigs and full-on festivals. Otherwise, she spends her days elbows-deep in carb-heavy meals, rattling about years spent overseas, and testing the creative limits of an all-black wardrobe.

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