To be admired at the MoMA in New York, to be acquired in selected shops worldwide. FREITAG’s bags rank as classics among messenger bags. First created in the early 1990s, they are not a short-lived niche product but have set the standards in regard to design, quality and functionality. Then as now, the bags are distinguished by the striking concept and execution: handmade from used truck tarpaulins, bicycle inner tubes and car seat belts, the FREITAG fundamental series are a loyal companion to see you through the decades. After all, the materials used have already travelled far and wide and are hardwearing.
Our JOE model is in the mail, and we can’t wait. Pick yours up on FREITAG’s freshly redesigned site for $99-$491.
From the gym to the beach to the airplane—the Freemans Duffle Bag bag does it all, and still looks good doing it. Inspired by a vintage military bag, the soft Japanese cotton, fresh colors, and durable zippers make this a no-brainer. Best of all? Made right here in ‘Merica. Available in a mustard yellow, military green, navy blue, and industrial grey for $76.
Hat tip to Tyler Galpin for finding this item.
The Makr Farm Ruck Sack ($160) is a ruggedly durable simple backpack hand-made from natural canvas and high quality leather. A backpack that doesn’t make you feel like a school child. Nice. Designed and produced by Jason Gregory in Florida, there’s a tactile feel that speaks to the craft and care that went in to its creation. Also available in black and brown.
Be sure to check out all of Makr’s hand-made goods. We’ve picked up a bi-fold wallet from their huge collection and couldn’t be more pleased.
Known for their affordable but surprisingly well-designed eyewear, Warby Parker recently unveiled their latest collection: 14 new frames with eight new color options. Influenced by mid-century optical design, these “vintage-inspired” frames will surely satisfy those of us itching for that “Buddy Holly” look this spring. And, here’s the best part: $95 pays for the frames, prescription lenses, and shipping.
Not your ordinary machine made jeans, each pair of jeans from Raleigh Denim is handcrafted and sourced in North Carolina, made from White Oak Cone Denim, hand signed and individually numbered. You can pick up a pair of the raw straight cut variety for $276. Check out a mini-documentary on how husband and wife team Sarah and Victor Lytvinenko started the company in their apartment and how they make their high quality denim after the jump.
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Growing up, there are a few things a young man always yearned for: a cold beer, a fast car and an awesome bow-tie. Crafted from amazing-subtle yet beautiful patterns, LA based Band of Outsiders knocks out another hit with their bowties starting at $105.
Double Monks were once for the crowd above age 75. Not so much anymore. Sid Mashburn offers a modern take on the timeless classic, and as the saying goes, “a quality pair of dress shoes will out last you.” Starting at $595.
With Summer in full-swing, it’s time to packup the duffle bag and head to the beach. Perfect for a “Summer Friday” at the office but appropriate enough to wear all weekend long. Available from Quoddy for $275.
There are a very few products of discerning taste that truly are worthy of the term “a modern masterpiece.”
The series of TravelTeq bags are one of them. Crafted in the Netherlands with tanned Italian leather the bags feature intricate detailings but enough prowess for a laptop, shades, and plenty of accesories. Starting $450.