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The Bags Your Adventuring Requires

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


New year, new beginnings. And whether you’ve resolved to climb Everest, drive cross-country or ditch the commuter rail for a bicycle, you’ll need a place to stow the gear to get you there. Introducing Collected Works Co., a new line of handsomely rugged bags and pouches out of Portland.

Founders Jacob Hinmon and Patrick Vail have paired their military-grade sewing skills with the leatherworking expertise of Tanner Goods, resulting in the kind of waxed-cotton-and-Horween-leather glory from which dreams are made.

Check out some of our favorites after the jump.»

Sneak Peek: Hickoree’s Summer Sample Sale

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


Sale season’s in the air, and the second annual summer sample shindig over at Hickoree’s is at the top of our weekend to-do list.

For today and tomorrow only, they’ve turned Floor Two into a pseudo-warehouse pop-up, packed to the beams with overstock and never-produced samples from five stellar NYC brands.

Designers from Stanley & Sons, Left Field, Battenwear, 8.15 August Fifteenth and The Hill-side will all be stopping by the scene, so there’s a pretty good shot you’ll be able to seek styling advice straight from the source.

We swung by last night to check the scene and found everything from swim trunks to trousers, shearling bombers, anoraks, henleys, oxfords, ties, tees and seriously handsome bags, among a host of other gems. They’ve even brought in a rack of goods for the ladies in your life by way of 8.15.

Here’s a closer look at what to expect...»

Event Recap: Details x CFDA Weekender Collection Launch

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

Details x CFDA

Continuing their week of revelry, last night the CFDA partied penthouse-style alongside Details for the launch of their second collaboration, the Weekender Collection.

Fashion folk took to the rooftop of the Mondrian SoHo, imbibing spirits from Japan’s Suntory whiskey distillery to celebrate the event. For their second project together (following last fall’s pocket square capsule), they tapped talent from 20 top menswear designers, asking each to reimagine the classic weekender duffel bag. And reimagine they did.

A hand-painted portrait of a WWII pinup girl donning Gilded Age’s bodice, leather handles and gold-pointed studs lining the straps of Simon Spurr’s, and a lesson in schizophrenic splatter painting by way of Yigal Azrouël, to name a few.

They’re each one of a kind, and will be up for grabs on eBay starting June 10 through 17.

Check out close-ups of some of our favorites after the jump.»

Your New Road-Trip-Ready Luggage

  • Najib Benouar

Club Monaco

Just in time for the inevitable onset of spring wanderlust, the folks at Club Monaco have announced the latest capsule collection in their “Makers and Muses” series: Ernest Alexander, bag-makers extraordinaire.

You’ll recognize some of Ernest Alexander’s classic designs, yet they’ve been slightly tweaked to the specifications of Aaron Levine and will be available exclusively through Club Monaco. Our favorites of the bunch are the adventure-prone weekender, the dopp kit and an in-store-only overnight bag in blaze orange. Luckily, we’ve got a first look at them all after the jump.

Road-trip-ready luggage from Club Monaco and Ernest Alexander.»

New Balance and Herschel Supply Co. Go All-Terrain

  • Najib Benouar

We’re of the mind that if you’re going to wear sneakers, they should be working for you, not against you—and most sneaker hybrids these days seem to be veering more toward high-fashion abstraction than utilitarianism.

Hence, we liked what we saw when we got a sneak peek at the New Balances coming out of their most recent shoe-plus-luggage collaboration with the Herschel Supply Co. They’re decidedly boot-ish and have a good amount of grip to assist in any climbing of subway stairs. Our favorite of the bags has a shoe compartment that makes an interoffice shoe change a cinch (because sometimes, your happy hour plans involve a hike). The whole collection is getting a limited release, launching tomorrow, so keep an eye out here for the drop.

And of course, we’ve got more looks at the shoes and bags after the jump.»

Bags for the Venture Capitalist

  • Najib Benouar

We normally give Kickstarter a wide berth—leaving it to the tech-savvy speculators—but here’s a campaign we can get behind: Vinted Goods.

They’re a small outfit of young upstarts who’ve been mining the garment district in LA for supple leather and ballistic nylon—the theme of melding the old with the new runs throughout the line of bags and accessories. Basically, the Kickstarter campaign is just a way to preorder the bags (as long as they hit their target by next month), so you can expect a handsome return on your investment come February. And if the campaign’s video is any indication of how well-made these bags will be, we’re expecting a slick turnout.

Definitely a better investment than Facebook.

An Axe to Grind

  • Najib Benouar

This tough-as-nails new bag from the outdoorsy aesthetes at Best Made Company is handsome enough on its own, but the nifty loops below the handles allow you to bring an axe along. Though we wouldn’t recommend hopping on a subway with a large blade—the bag’s slim profile is better suited to the city than as a weekender. But this might be the most handsome replacement for your inter-office softball gym bag you’ll ever find. Which is perfect, since you already like to call your Louisville Slugger your axe.

The Weekender Bags Your Summer Requires

  • Najib Benouar

If your next houseguest weekend happens to be anywhere that bears resemblance to Cape Cod, here’s the weekender bag you should be packing. It’s cut from the national cloth of prepsterdom, Nantucket red, and made in America by the up-and-comers at Hudson Sutler—they’ve got an entire line of rugged 18-ounce canvas weekender and commuter bags that can keep up on land, air and sea (especially because the zippers are made with a thick resin to be rust-proof). The extra design features like gingham or bandana lining and a strategically placed grab handle at one end of the bags set them apart from your average travel bag. (Fitting, since your weekending is far from average.)

Now you’ll need to dig up your matching anchor-embroidered Nantucket red GTH pants.

The Summer Briefcase

  • Najib Benouar

On the heels of our 10 essential beach gadgets, we've stumbled upon what might very well be the most ideal bag to lug it all to the shore.

It’s a military-issue fighter pilot’s helmet bag, but Alexander Grant has brought to our attention that its rugged nylon construction and simple design make it extremely versatile for daily use—when child rearing, in his case, but we imagine using it for beach-going or even carrying a laptop around town. It's all about tactical simplicity: two front snap pockets (one for a pair of flip-flops and another for your sunscreen) and a padded main section with more than enough room for your summer reading, a towel and those high-tech goggles. All at a price that ought alleviate any fears of sand- or saltwater-induced damage.

And since they’re army spec, they come in every pattern of camo under the sun. (Great news for the Wooster camp.)

Declaring Cargo Bankruptcy

It’s time to face the ugly truth. Men are carrying too much stuff.

It came to a head with the glut of oversized bag pictorials in the most recent round of magazines, but this has been a drag on gentlemanly style for years—and no number of murse jokes is going to make it go away. We need a bold step, a moratorium, a line in the sand...

So we’re declaring cargo bankruptcy. For seven days, we won’t carry anything that doesn’t fit in our pockets.

It’s going to be hard, but it has to be done»

Making Your Own Oilskin Bag

Oilskin bag labels are popping up as fast as Etsy can host them, but we recently ran across an English brand with an entirely new take on the item: why not make your own?

It looks like this: a pair of straps, a few sheets of treated cloth, and a needle and thread. If you’re already handy (possibly from practicing on buttons), you should have a grocery-ready sack in a matter of minutes. If you’re new to the game, you may want to try your luck on less handsome cloth first, but it’s not brain surgery.

Once you’re done, it’ll end up as one of the more unique items you own. (Let’s hope that’s in a good way.)

Touring the Web’s Newest Storefront

Web boutiques have been popping up like daisies lately, but we’d like to single out a shop called Builtwell that opened up last week and immediately shot to the top of our list.

It’s a jumble of brands like Tellason, Garbstore and 18Waits, together with company profiles and Art of Manliness-style nostalgia. You could spend a whole afternoon exploring the site—but since you’re busy, we’ve rounded up the three coolest things below.

A leather bag, a motorcycle and James Dean’s pea coat, after the jump»

Dispatches from February 2012

We try to steer clear of anything that isn’t hitting stores in the near future—but there’s more impressive gear on the docket for Spring/Summer ’12 than we could keep to ourselves, so we’ve put together some detail shots and some well-chosen info to whet your appetite. The bad news: you won’t be able to get your mitts on any of it until February. The good news: you’re in for quite a February.

These are a few of our favorite things…»

The Camouflaged Carryall

Here’s a low-risk way to get a piece of the seemingly immortal camo trend: put it on a bag. This carryall from Billykirk is the perfect example, pairing a blown-up leaf-pattern camo alongside Billykirk’s usual craft-focused leatherwork. It’s the rare bag that you can match to your pocket square—and camouflage aside, you won’t have any trouble spotting it on a baggage carousel.