Surprisingly there are alternatives to carrying a Man Purse, a fanny pack or wearing a belt clip for your phone. Skinth Storage does a pretty good job of combining these types of questionable accessories into something you might actually strap on. They makes little cases for your Leatherman, pocket knife, and micro gadgetry that look like Smurf-sized Swat Team accessories and carry the stuff you’d rather not keep in your pockets.
If you’re the type that always has to weigh your luggage on the home scale before heading to the airport, you’ll like the Tegra-Lite series from Italian luggage wizards Tumi. Made of a space age composite used in body armor and Nascar parts, this luggage is virtually indestructible & super-duper light, like featherweight, allowing you to cram even more stuff in no matter how short your next trip is.
Kelly Slater, arguably the greatest surfer of all time, just launched a new brand with his longtime sponsor, surfwear mega-corp Quiksilver. Slater’s new imprint is a small batch deal called VSTR (visitor). Out of the gate they teamed up with designers at NYC’s Partners & Spade to create this travel pack. It’s big and burly and built to go long miles without the “Everest-wannabe” vibe. Made of waxed canvas, it features a stowaway mini hammock and detachable laptop/messenger bag. Source
Arrive looking like a polished pro instead of a wino who slept in the bushes last night. The Shirt Shuttle is like a portable Fort Knox for your shirts. It features an internal folding board with rounded edges that prevent creasing. The zip-closure, soft-sided case keeps shirts wrinkle-free and your collar crisp whether you’re cycling to the office or flying around the world.
This travel duffel bag is made of hand-cracked Italian leather and lined with bright Chinese silk brocade. It’s got classic written all over it but it’s not a vintage reproduction. It’s brand new. It came from the drawing board of designer Marc Marmel, winner of the 2011 Rising Star Award from Fashion Group International, who found his inspiration for the design on a trip to the French Riviera.
One common problem with your go-to bag is that normally you need about three or four different bags to carry your cargo depending on the day. The 3 Way Brief by Porter, however, goes a long way to solve this irritating fact of life. By converting from a brief to a backpack to a shoulder bag in seconds flat and built everyday tough, this versatile Japanese-made carry-all will really be the one. Yes, the actual go to.
The Hero, a handmade Italian leather duffel from Atto Bags is just right for a minimalist weekend escape or the daily commute-work-gym circuit. With its heavy-duty hardware and deconstructed finish in leather or recycled tire rubber, it’s tough enough to take just about anywhere.
Los Angeles isn’t exactly the epicenter of the “handmade” movement but there are exceptions to every rule. Leatherman Matt Shallenberger is the guy behind Field Theories brand and he creates handmade leather goods in L.A. His minimalist, one-piece leather folios are looking pretty sweet and they come in a variety of sizes to hold whatever you carry.
When you’re battling the bad breath, stinky pits, and heavy-duty stubble that only a man such as yourself can produce, you need a dopp kit that’s tough as nails. This one could be it. It’s made of Teflon-coated ballistic nylon and features burly YKK zippers. Fully equipped for your bathroom battles.
Tumi makes gear for pro travelers. The Alpha satchel has a framed opening like an old doctor’s bag that opens wide for easy access to the big main compartment. It’s loaded with pockets and rides easily atop your roller for the perfect carry-on companion.