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Best Work Messenger Results :: Carry Awards IV
Messengers have traditionally run with a big flap for their closure. While that seals against the weather, the issue is that it's a lot of fabric without much utility. In searching for new solutions, roll-tops, U zips and clam-shells are all being tried, but none have really found the sweet spot.
Côte&Ciel have taken their much loved Isar backpack, and tipped it sideways, to what actually feels like a more natural orientation to this format. The result is a really intuitive and practical messenger, with easy zoning between work and play, as well as Côte&Ciel's typically attractive soft drape front.
This works well in multiple sizes, and brings a really valuable contribution to the messenger format, thoroughly deserving of our award for Best Work Messenger.
These are the pieces that just missed out, and in most cases, by the smallest of margins. To them, we award a High Commendation. The below were of outstanding quality, displaying fine craftsmanship and design flair. With honour, we bow our heads in the upmost respect and kudos. If this were a dias, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And we're sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
Details matter, and the Porter Hybrid series has nailed the details. The discreet black silhouette reveals ever more care the closer you get. From the comfortable origami folds of leather around the handles, to the rugged zigzag stitching reinforcement, this is loaded with supremely executed details with top-end fabrics and hardware.
The 2Way is small, but well proportioned divisions mean you can fit a surprising amount. This bag will appeal to the organizer, with plenty of pocketing to keep work carry tidy and within easy reach. Great details and a versatile form are brought together through meticulous craftsmanship, making this bag well deserving of recognition.
Getting an attaché right is surprisingly difficult. With such a clean silhouette and simple construction, there are few opportunities for expressiveness. Which makes the KILLSPENCER Attaché even more impressive, as it clearly communicates a masculine confidence without ever resorting to bling or overt statements.
Attachés are about carrying just the essentials, and the KILLSPENCER Attaché does this in style. Beautiful leather combined with sensible proportions and pocketing creates a sense of luxury without fragility. This is an elegant and durable piece that earns our High Commendation as a classy option for professionals who lean towards a minimalist carry setup.