This is the avatar for Globe-Trotter suitcases’ twitter page. It is so, so awesome.
Noah writes: I always enjoy seeing this saddle bag during my morning walk. It’s basically public art.
For a few years, I used an old nylon zipper bag for my toiletries. When I say old, I mean that truthfully - this number was from the late 60s, and had crazy psychedelic designs on it. When that bit the dust, I grabbed a simple zip bag from Muji, but I wanted something more than plastic.
After a lot of fruitless searching for something suitable at a reasonable price, I ended up grabbing a Jack Spade waxwear dopp kit from Gilt. It was a bit more expensive than I’d like, and I’d have preferred it didn’t have a big Jack Spade logo patch on it, but it’s very good looking and has served me well. (By the way: if you’re looking for simple, mid-priced, solid-quality accessories, you can do worse than Jack Spade on Gilt. Good selection, usually, and nice products.)
If Archival Clothing had been offering this Archival Dopp Kit back then, I probably would have bought one for myself. The team there always works hard to remove unnecessary BS from their designs and to get every detail right. The result is a beautiful form and exceptional function. Sixty bucks isn’t a pittance, but frankly it’s cheap for something made exactly right. That’s how Archival do it.
(And they just put out a cool-ass duffel bag, too.)
My father-in-law has worked at hardware stores all of his adult life, and in my wife’s family, they’ve always carried tool bags as luggage on short trips. They’re beautiful, reasonably priced and built for durability. Last year, I spotted a mason’s bag like the one above at a boutique in Silver Lake, and thought it might be a nice holiday gift for my wife. Of course, the boutique had marked the bags up nearly 200% from their regular retail, so I went online to grab one. You can generally grab the CLC 304X (pictured above) for about fifty bucks shipped. The leatherless version is barely $25. If you don’t mind a big tool logo on the side, Klein Tools offers an even wider variety, including some small bags that would make nice dopp kits (though they’re unlined).
You don’t find a lot of men’s style objects on The Antiques Roadshow, but when this came up on my television, I just about jumped out of my seat. One of the most spectacular pieces of luggage I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing, and in truly amazing condition. What a treasure!
Over the holiday, my wife and I fretted over what to buy for my brother-in-law Daniel, who’s 18 and a senior in high school. My in-laws suggested a piece of luggage, and we figured a duffel would be the most useful for someone his age - light enough for very short trips, large enough for long trips.
We wanted something simple and classic, and after much research, we went with a piece from Beckel Canvas in Portland. Beckel manufactures traditional tents in addition to bags, and their price point, while reflective of the high-quality, Made-in-the-USA product they offer, is set for people who will actually use their products, not shoppers at Bergdorf Goodman or Fred Segal.
It ended up arriving a few days after Christmas, so when Danny came to visit this weekend, I got to see it for the first time in-person. Not only is he delighted with it (if you can get a teenager to willingly pose for a photo, you know he’s excited about something), it really is a lovely product. Heavy canvas, handsome styling and rugged hardware. Dan will get to use it for years to come, and my wife and I are very happy with the purchase.
It’s On eBay
Ede & Ravenscroft Suitcase
It’s On Sale
Filson Wool Tote
This beautiful bag, on sale at StyleForum for $149, is a great example of the quality of leather goods one can buy for a very reasonable price if one is willing to buy second-hand or vintage. It’s also a great example of a bag for a man.