Producers of altogether more elegant accessories, the group of designers at Aussie label Bellroy have become renowned for their stylish, modern take on everything from wallets and bags to passport holders and laptop cases. But it’s this Premium Classic that has caught our attention, constructed using high quality, sustainable leathers merged with dyed fabrics that age with more grace than standard market efforts. It also features a 15” laptop holder and a water resistant media compartment.
It’s fair to say that Lyndon and Jamie Cormack could only have dreamed of their instant success when launching Herschel back in 2009. The two Canadians targeted a younger 18-35 year old market and before they knew it their designs were popping up on the back and shoulders of bearded hipsters everywhere. They have pretty much stayed on track since, and even produce more modern, less vintage looking pieces such as this Pop Quiz Backpack, that still features the brand’s signature striped liner and a 15” laptop pocket.
When Eastpak set up shop in Boston, Massachusetts all the way back in 1952, they had a simple goal - to create, develop and distribute travel gear to the masses. They even dabbled in providing safety equipment for the US army during the 60s and 70s. Now Eastpak are more closely associated with bags and travel accessories, such as this Navy Topped Backpack. It’s made using water repellent fabrics, and features interior and exterior pockets for phones and small laptops.
Realising that there was a gap in the market between high performance and classy everyday purpose outerwear, Rains entered the market with confidence in 2012. Scandanavians get hit with a lot of rainy, sleety conditions so you could say that the brand was perfectly placed to put their product to the test. Their collections are simple, stylish and above all practical, such as this Rolltop Backpack. The opening is inspired by the brand’s cycling rucksacks, with a folding top for total moisture resistance. It can hold up to 18 litres and also features a 15” laptop compartment.
After starting life as a trendy little fashion store in New York’s hip SoHo district in 2009, Saturday Night NYC has now moved into the mainstream as a high quality lifestyle brand. Their designs are immaculately made, combining classic style and craftsmanship alongside a minimalist ethos. They’re not too shabby either at great accessories, such as this Hannes Backpack. It’s a take on a classic commuter, and cut from a heavy cotton canvas, perfect for those who spend their days jumping around the inner city.
Samuel Bail and Abel Samet never aimed to create the brand that they now own, it was the end product of an obsession - to create the perfect overnight bag. Now the two are head honchos at Troubadour, the business that grew from their combined passion. They now make bags and backpacks using artisan techniques and quality materials, like this Explorer Off Piste Rucksack. It's made from waterproof fabric, lining and zippers and features an integrated sleeve that slides over suitcase handles.
The idea for Marmot first gathered momentum on Alaska’s Juneau Icefield, where a couple of Californian students decided to form a collective - which they named after the region’s highly social group of squirrels. The collective steadily formed into a brand in 1974, producing down products such as sleeping bags, jackets and vests for unforgiving winter climates. The brand now has a wide range of outdoor accessories, such as this Kompressor Meteor Backpack. It’s super lightweight and perfect for those who love a bit of adventure in their downtime.
If you’re into climbing or fond of a spot of skiing, chances are you may have come across the name Black Diamond a few times. The brand was formed by Yvon Chouinard in 1989, a man also recognised as the founder of Patagonia. This Blitz 20 represents everything the brand stands for, in that it is highly practical and made to be used in the great outdoors. It’s produced using ultralight Dynex fabrics, and features both ice pick pockets and an easily accessible waterproof lid pocket.
Deuter started out as a canvas and linen mill in the Bavarian town of Augsbourg all the way back in 1898. However, they are now more known for their high quality backpacks, bags and sleeping bags. But like everything of German cloth, they know how to keep things efficient, like this Gigant Daypack, perfect for those freelancers on the move. There’s an inner compartment for valuables, a document holder, laptop pocket and even a bag for your tablet.
When legendary fashion photographer and designer Hedi Slimane was appointed creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, he made a very ballsy move. He rebranded the iconic fashion house to the simple but effective Saint Laurent. And it’s safe to say it worked, and helped bring in a new perspective, propelling them back into the highest echelons of the industry. This fantastic City backpack is a prime example of how this rebrand has opened up a flourish of more modern looking pieces. It’s made from premium fabrics, including tonal leather trims - all produced and constructed by hand in Italy.
Mismo’s focus on contemporary luxury is instantly visible in their end product. The Danish brand has been producing fantastic briefcases, travel bags and backpacks since 2003 - each with a touch of class that complements the ensemble of any well dressed modern gent - such as this Beluga backpack, inspired by traditional Danish cycling bags. It is waterproof thanks to double bonded, hand woven nylon and features a range of storage solutions for water bottles, laptops and smartphones.
Britain has a long history in terms of weekend motorcycle enthusiasts - cafe racers bombing from one place to another on Triumphs, Royal Enfields and Nortons. Inspired by this pastime, two British designers identified a need for quality, robust motorcycle luggage. There’s a lot of choice within their collections these days, but we have gone for this fantastic Adventurer Backpack. It’s made from a blend of British waxed cotton, waterproof fabrics and kevlar, perfect for those long weekend rides on the open road.
To get by in the grizzly infested forests of North America you better be prepared with the right type of kit. This is where Mystery Ranch comes in, a collective of designers that have been making outdoor gear for everyone from the military and hunters to hikers and mountaineers. They specialise in backpacks, such as this 40 lite Mission Duffel. Its’ made from 840D TPU coated Nylon and has a fully lined interior to help protect your essentials.
Fed up with looking for affordable camera bags for their travels, a couple of close photographer friends decided to stick a project idea on Kickstarter and ended up becoming a global hit. Not only are their designs super practical and well thought out, they look great. This PRVKE is made from ballistic nylon that is extremely durable and stands up no problem against varying weather. It also features a roll top closure and straps to easily keep your equipment in place.
Aer started as a crowdfunding project in 2014. Their idea? To design a bag that could be used whether you were off to the gym or on the way to the office. Aer like to keep their designs simple, and put more of an effort into functionality. Their Duffel Pack model features a shoe compartment, bottle holder, laptop sleeve and YKK Japanese Zippers. So it’s safe to say they more than live up to their claims!
Mission Workshop started life as a bag company before expanding into countless other markets. Its bags remain a main focus and as a result there is a huge range to choose from. All Mission Workshop bags are made in the USA and all our weatherproof. Whether you want to protect your laptop or camera, find a bag for travelling or you simply need a daily carry bag, Mission Workshop has something for everyone.
WANDRD is a crowd-funded maker of bags that specialises in catering for photographers. Founded by two brothers who believed there to be no decent bag options to fit their shutter-happy lifestyles, they created WANDRD as a solution. While the company's bags are photographer-focused, they've also been designed to cater for travellers and pretty much anyone else who needs a bag. The overall mission is always to create functional bags that look great.
The DUO Daypack for example, has been designed to transition from the city to the great outdoors. Side access makes finding stuff inside a cinch, while an internal, collapsable camera cube protects your most precious gear. It's weatherproof too, and is the ideal companion for strutting through an airport terminal with its hidden pockets and luggage handle pass through sleeve.