Almost unbelievably, Emil Erwin hasn’t been making fine leather goods for a hundred years. Actually, it’s only been three. But in that short time, EE has built a solid reputation with quality craftsmanship and a fresh take on traditional techniques. You’d be hard pressed to find an American Horween leather briefcase of this quality anywhere else. The materials are second to none and the rest comes down to craft.
There’s nothing easier to pack than a stuff sack. Instructions: 1. Stuff stuff in. 2. Close. Just like that you’re ready to go. And even if your travels don’t require military-grade quality and durability that Goruck bags deliver, you might like the fact that this 20-liter, American-made stuff sack is 100% black.
Many messenger bags, by design, are tough to pair with your work wear. Lime green cordura and reflective hits don’t quite match the brogues, you know? This canvas and leather bag by designer Kris Van Assche for Eastpak, comes in tan and brown and features tonal leather details. Of course it has all the other features you need, like a padded laptop sleeve and loads of pockets, just no lime green anything, anywhere.
Taking cues from TransFormers and the ancient Japanese craft of Origami, the design duo behind Vienna’s HardGraft brand have created a pretty tricky bag. Depending on how you fold or unfold it, the 3Fold converts into a laptop case, overnight duffle, camera bag, attaché and so on. It’s handmade in Italy from vegetable tanned leather with wool felt detailing and all metal hardware.
American soldiers battling in the streets of the Middle East are wearing these 5.11 tactical backpacks, while you surf the web shopping. Made of burly 1050-denier nylon and Molle-webbing equipped to carry all types of cargo, this bag will work perfectly for your little civilian day hikes and nature walks. Made in the USA, of course.
With waterproof materials and military spec construction, this rucksack is built for all-weather, everyday abuse. Multiple weatherproof pockets and urethane coated zippers keep out the elements and keep your laptop snug & dry. werd is in SoCal, so we don’t really need this kind of weatherproofing. We realize, however, that you might.
Now that you’re a big boy, wearing a knapsack to carry your work is a little goofy. Then again, toting a briefcase around like Willy Loman is pretty lame, too. This versatile carryall from Swiss bag makers Qwstion splits the difference. Carry it like a 30-pack into the office or wear it like a backpack when you hit the road. Metal hardware, leather trim, integrated laptop sleeve. Now go.
The city of San Francisco is pretty close to the mountains. This is great for upstart backpack brand Boreas. It means easy access for R&D test missions. Their burly, but minimalist, packs come in a whole slew of sizes. From an ultralight trail-runner/day-hike size all the way up to a 60-liter weekender with bad-ass suspension.
The word Thule is Swedish for “nice rack.” You knew that. Well, it turns out these crafty Swedes are also making luggage. “TCRU-2” is another Swedish word meaning ‘rolling travel bag with detachable daypack.’ Yeah, that one was a stretch, sorry. Point is, you can leave your big bag of rocks with the bellboy and take a stroll around town with a little knapsack before your flight home.
Photographers are always drawn to the shadowy back streets and sketchy areas of a city. But carrying a backpack full of expensive camera gear into the hot zone, could turn you from tourist to target real quick. With its unique shape and carrying strap, this camera bag could keep you off the robber’s radar just long enough for an easy escape.