As summer 2018 wraps up, we're turning our attention to new diabetes carry case options for the Fall. Guess what? Fanny packs and belt bags are back -- and they're urban chic! Also, we'd love to know your thoughts on the ideal carry case for inhaled insulin Afrezza. Read on, for a chance to win the latest designs from Myabetic, and share your thoughts...
We connected with the team at California-based Myabetic recently to learn what's new in the realm of D-carry case fashion, and were a bit surprised to hear that fanny packs are making a comeback. Myabetic has three new designs unlike any of their cases to date, that they're very excited about. On top of that, we were eager to hear what PWDs (people with diabetes) are using (or asking for) in the way of a case for the Afrezza inhaler and cartridges.
We're excited today to present you with this rapid-fire update from Myabetic founder Kyrra Richards, concluding with a call for input on "your ideal Afrezza case," along with a GIVEAWAY for two lucky readers to win a free Myabetic bag of their choice! Read on...
Diabetes Carry Case Fashion for Fall 2018
DM) Hi Kyrra. Please tell us about the diabetes carry bag business... what's hot and what kind of questions or requests do you regularly get from customers?
KR) When I started this business, I wanted to create a brand that offered the same premium, stylish, on-trend options for people with diabetes that well-known fashion brands provided. The “diabetes carry bag business” should not feel or look different from the standard “bag” business. Just because we live with diabetes doesn’t mean our style standards have decreased. Myabetic accessories are created to keep up with current trends so that our diabetes handbags or wallets keep you fashion-forward and fresh.
Our customers love our brand because they can expect attractive silhouettes and unparalleled thought and consideration for the diabetes lifestyle -- insulated compartments for insulin, removable waste pouches to collect used test strips, easily accessible diabetes handbag testing compartments, multi-functional designs that combine lifestyle items and diabetes supplies -- designs for men, women, and children.
Which are your most popular designs & why? (Do you know why?)
While our sleek Banting Wallet is a brand staple, we’ve built a big fan base over our Kerri Diabetes Tote, Cherise Diabetes Crossbody, and Brandy Diabetes Backpack products. Our community loves the idea of wearable accessories that have designated sections for everyday lifestyle items (wallet, keys, phone, glasses, etc.) and specialized compartments that keep diabetes supplies accessible, organized and easy for on-the-go use.
Our new belt bags and fanny packs will add to this collection, and we are excited to debut a new Sling design this fall. The men are going to love it!
OK, so please fill us in on those newest products...
That would be our Jensen, Joslin and Deluxe models.
The Jensen Diabetes Fanny Pack is a versatile, pumper-friendly accessory that sells for $50. It was named after the Jensen siblings (diabetes advocate Henry and his sister Rose.) It features:
- Adjustable hip strap, that can also be worn crossbody
- Insulated section (requires cold pack to keep insulin cool)
- Fits a cell phone
- Fits an insulin pump (with zippered holes for tubing) or an insulin pen
- Fits a Glucagon Emergency Kit
The Joslin Diabetes Belt Bag was of course named after pioneering diabetes doctor Elliott Joslin, who also founded the Joslin Clinic in Boston. It's made of vegan leather and luxurious hardware, with a detachable adjustable belt, and retails for $64. It also fits a cell phone, and offers an insulated section for insulin, and zippered holes designed for insulin pump tubing.
The Deluxe Diabetes Belt Bag is a slightly fancier version of the Joslin Belt Bag with two extra zipper compartments on the front of the bag that accommodate additional supplies and "emergency extras" like glucagon, snacks, and backup insulin. It sells for $72.
Why bring out belt bags and fanny packs -- which might be considered a throwback to '80s styling? Were people specifically requesting these kind of models?
Fanny packs and belt bags are back! They're gracing today’s runways and are popular among the hottest fashion brands (including Myabetic). Perfect for travel, events, and daily commutes, these chic waist bags are practical options for people with diabetes to wear and access their supplies. And yes, we have received requests for diabetes fanny packs and belt bags for years, so we're excited to finally introduce this collection to our community!
Do any of your bags lend themselves particularly well to OpenAPS or other DIY rigs?
Our accessories are designed to fit many different combinations of supplies. Diabetes management is incredibly personal and individual. We encourage our community to explore different glucose meter sets, insulin delivery systems, sensors, and supplies to find what works best for them. Our designs allow PWDs to be flexible in their routines so that an updated diabetes tool is still conducive with their favorite Myabetic product.
Afrezza is still new on the market, and could be stored in many different types of cases. Which design(s) are you seeing being chosen most often for Afrezza?
Afrezza users have been loving our James Diabetes Compact Case and Clemens Diabetes Compact Wallet because of their small size and pockets that fit the inhaler and cartridges. The Clark Diabetes Compact Double Zip and Kamen Diabetes Case are also great options because of their second compartment that fits multiple supplies and features insulated lining.
That being said, just like the team at DiabetesMine, we'd love to hear directly from Afrezza users (and others) on what their “ideal diabetes case” would look like include in terms of features, design elements, color, etc. We're happy to donate prizes to two lucky winners here, and will be eager to see the reader comments!
A DMProducts Giveaway
Thanks to Kyrra and team, we're excited to give away a Myabetic product of your choice to two lucky winners. Here's how to enter:
Just leave a comment on our Facebook page, or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, using the term "Fall-Bags." PLEASE INCLUDE ANY IDEAS YOU MAY HAVE ON THE "IDEAL DIABETES CASE," which will be taken into serious consideration.
You have until Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at 5pm PST to enter.
Please be sure to keep tabs on your Facebook messages or emails, as that's our only way to contact winners.
Good luck, D-Friends!
This contest is now closed. We'll announced the winners soon.