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.

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.

This guy, photographed by the Portland street style blog Urban Weeds, looks quite nice.  If there were an award for looking presentable while wearing Kenneth Cole shoes (no mean feat), I would give it to him.  I have quibbles with the outfit, but only minor ones.  He is a testament to the power of keeping it simple.
The part that really takes the cake, though, the part that makes this worth posting, is the pin in his lapel.  You can’t see it at this size, but according to the description on the blog, it was awarded for perfect attendance.  BRAVO.  BRAVISSIMO, even.  Can someone please, please, please get me one for punctuality?

This guy, photographed by the Portland street style blog Urban Weeds, looks quite nice.  If there were an award for looking presentable while wearing Kenneth Cole shoes (no mean feat), I would give it to him.  I have quibbles with the outfit, but only minor ones.  He is a testament to the power of keeping it simple.

The part that really takes the cake, though, the part that makes this worth posting, is the pin in his lapel.  You can’t see it at this size, but according to the description on the blog, it was awarded for perfect attendance.  BRAVO.  BRAVISSIMO, even.  Can someone please, please, please get me one for punctuality?