Bags

The MULTI Tool/Wallet

Just look at all the tools that this thin, minimal wallet has integrated into its surface: bottle opener, nested wrench, ruler, bit holder, box opener, and even a smartphone/tablet stand. If you don’t mind the metal aspect for the wallet function, you could have all these tools sandwiching your cash and cards, at the ready for whenever you might need them. Sure, it’s a little clunky, but it is metal, after all. See video below for more.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00 or more
Available from: Kickstarter

Bowoo Case by Reonda

Hey musicians, guess what we’ve never featured before? A guitar case, and for good reason. Up until now, there’s been no reason to consider how one case might be better than the other. However, this Bowoo Case by Reonda looks to have several advantages. It’s well designed and built to last, with the same protection of a hard case at half the weight. Stop replacing your cheap cases every so often and invest in this one- it’ll last. Take a look at the video below to see more.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $290.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Hello My Name Is Luggage Tag

Sure, it’s fine to look all cool when traveling, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a tiny bit of humor to distinguish your bags from others on the baggage carousel. Inspired by the ubiquitous “Hello My Name Is” nametag design, this tag has an I.D. window on its reverse.

Material: PVC

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Farm Messenger Bag

Still looking for a decent messenger bag? A bit picky, aren’t we now? That’s okay, because you should be when it comes to the bag you carry around most everyday. This flap front, messenger style bag is made of heavy cotton duck and natural HF leather for a utilitarian look, feel, and function. Two large compartments and two smaller pockets keep things partitioned on the inside with a snap front closure to keep your belongings secured. And, if you’d rather rock a different style bag with the same sort of look, MAKR has a ruck sack, tote, and satchel as well.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00
Available from: MAKR

Bluelounge Messenger Bag

Do you recall the Bluelounge Backpack we featured a while ago? This messenger bag is similar in its simple exterior style and multi-pocketed interior, yet suits the over-the-shoulder mode of carrying around your goods. A quick release buckle makes the on/off process easy and (of course) it’s also got an ergonomic fit that’s pretty important if your commute is longer than, say, 5 minutes. Just like the backpack, the fabric is made of 100% recycled PET plastic bottles.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Available from: Bluelounge

Public Art Tote

Are you though? Or do you only appear to be? Such questions, such statements. Designed and printed by Izabella Dennis for Fifi du Vie. (Sound familiar? You might recognize some of her work that’s recently been pinned/posted around your regular (internet) haunts: Adventurers and Good People Print .)

Screen printed using non-toxic ink on 100% cotton tote bag.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Fifi du Vie

Unit Portables 05 Overnight Bag

Do you remember the Unit Portables 01 Shoulder Bag? That handy movable-pocket idea? Now there’s a larger overnight size that’s just right for a weekend trip. A mesh toiletry bag, a padded laptop sleeve, and a cable/accessory bag is included, so you’ll be all set when packing for an adventure. Oh, and if a tote is more suited to your needs, the Unit Portables 16 Tote is available for pre-order.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Available from: Vetted

Modern Industry Packs

With so many iterations of the simple black backpack, how do you choose the right one? Well, the price, for starters, has to be somewhat reasonable, and the ‘cool’ factor must exist. It’s unlikely you’re going to give up the look you’ve cultivated just for a functional carry-all. Modern Industry meets both criteria with two backpacks that will complement your daily wardrobe. The Magnitude Backpack, $250, is the larger of the two, and has a padded laptop sleeve (away from your back for comfort), a large main compartment and three accessories pockets for smaller stuff. The Conduit Sling Pack, $100, is a smaller pack with one main pocket (will fit a laptop or jacket) and one accessories pocket. Both bags feature a flap top that can be adjusted according to your needs.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00 - 250.00
Available from: Modern Industry

Bamboo Round Bento Box

With all that effort that goes into selecting and packing your lunch, shouldn’t you pack it into something that’s perfectly sized and thoughtfully crafted? Perhaps like this Bamboo Bento Box? Bento boxes are classic Japanese lunch/snack carriers, and you’d do well to take a page out of the traditional book when it comes to serving sizes. At 4″ long, 6″ wide, and 5″ deep, you’ll not pack too much, and, as bamboo is durable and lightweight, it’ll suit your commute quite well. Two layers of containers stack vertically with an elastic band for security. Also available in a Rectanglar version.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $105.00
Available from: Baum-Kuchen

Bluelounge Backpack

Somehow I missed that Bluelounge, the cord/cable/charging station company, has gotten into the bag and backpack game. While backpacks can be hit or miss when it comes to fashion, this one makes the grade for its simple exterior style and very functional interior. There’s a neoprene cushioned laptop compartment as well as a custom iPad pocket- so both of your devices are adequately protected- along with ergonomic shoulder straps. And, for extra credit, the fabric is made of 100% recycled PET plastic bottles.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00
Available from: Bluelounge

Thermo-Pot

As it’s January, most of us will find ourselves huddled around a hot bowl of soup for lunch or dinner. So, of course, let’s look again at the Thermo-Pot from Black + Blum. Think of it as an updated thermos; its stainless steel flask keeps drinks/soups/meals hot for up to six hours and an airtight cork capper ensures a vacuum seal. The spoon is magnetically attached to the side for convenience.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Custom Leather Luggage Tag

Now that the holiday season has passed, it’s time to focus on escaping for ski trips or warmer climes. And what will you need to distinguish your bag from all the other black cases at the airport? How about a custom leather tag hand stamped with your name, phone number, and email address? (Skip your address, for safety concerns and/or just in case you move house.) On a personal note, I watched someone receive his very own custom tag on Christmas morning, and that someone (a frequent flyer) looked like Ralphie with a Red Ryder BB gun.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Owen & Fred

Handmade Canvas & Leather Weekend Bag

Perhaps you’ve learned, as I have, that style takes a second place to durability in the luggage department. If you can get a little style along with durability, then, hey, you’ve done well. This Handmade Canvas & Leather Weekend Bag hits just the right note with its carry-on size and utilitarian materials. If you don’t already have a good weekend bag for your holiday travels, it’s something to consider.

Speaking of holiday travels, have a nice Thanksgiving holiday; if you’re on the road or at the airport, be careful/stay safe/etc. We’ll be back on Monday with our regular posting schedule.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

The Mirjam Bag

Do you have €450 to spend on a leather hold-all? If so, check out Travelteq’s latest offering. The Mirjam is handmade in Italy of Florentine Vachetta leather and has 4 inside compartments to organize your laptop, files, and other necessities. Yes, the laptop compartment is shock resistant (as it should be), and yes, the bag is big enough to carry around everything but the kitchen sink, so it looks pretty perfect for everyday use or for travel- especially as a carry-on bag for longer flights.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Availability: Buy The Mirjam Bag here

Canvas Briefcase

Need a no-nonsense, utilitarian briefcase? This bag by Industry Portage features an exterior padded pocket for your tablet, interior pen slots and pockets for organizing smaller items like business cards, and adequate space to carry a decent stack of documents (let’s hope you won’t need to do that though). Rugged canvas and suede handles reinforce the no-frills approach; there’s no doubt it’s durable enough for your everyday commute or for those longer journeys. Also available in red.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00
Available from: The Vitrine