- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 20 September
A pack that keeps your camera gear elevated and accessible, a streamlined approach to tech carry, plus a work companion that goes the extra mile. Discover more in our Week In Review…
A hard-working briefcase that offers more
A lot of briefcases are great for your work day but flounder either side of the 9-5 grind. So Millican set themselves the task of executing a specific brief: boost the productivity of work-focused carry gear by creating a more versatile briefcase. Ready to take charge of your work tools is Martin the Briefcase, a flexible piece of kit crafted from weatherproof organic cotton canvas and vegetable-tanned leather, with an organic cotton lining. Six internal pockets provide storage for items such as notebooks, pens, a laptop, documents and more, while two front pockets and a back pocket offer quick access to frequently used items. Top carry handles allow for convenient carry over short distances, while a detachable shoulder strap that can also convert into backpack straps gives you greater freedom to go wherever the day may take you.
Keeping it classy whichever direction you go in
One of the best ways to get your day off to a great start? Knowing you’ll have a sleek piece of luxury by your side wherever you go. Set to spruce up your look is the Shinola N/S Messenger, with its classy style and premium materials. Designed with a flap opening to provide fast and convenient access to the contents, the messenger is crafted from beautiful Horween leather that will elicit sighs of satisfaction every time you run your fingers over it – not to mention, some covetous looks too. Durable stainless steel hardware will stand the test of time, while handy features such as an interior D-ring, card pocket, zipped pocket and back slip pocket add function to the flair.
Tough tech carry for your daily essentials
Sometimes you just need a big bag. The Cargo Works 15″ MacBook Pro EDC Kit is for all the times you don’t. This slim bag serves as a case for your laptop but also handles other small EDC essentials. Internal pockets and webbing keep your tech and tools organized, while an exterior compartment is handy for bulky items and gear you need within easy reach. When you need to carry a little extra, pouches and other items can be attached externally as required. There’s also the option to alternate between the top grab handle and removable shoulder strap, and the tough construction featuring 900 denier polyester canvas, military grade webbing and YKK zips will hold its own in work, travel and leisure use.
Hook fresh releases from Teddyfish
Proving that refined style and functional design can go hand in hand, Teddyfish have welcomed a number of new pieces to the family as part of their FW15 collection. Catering to tech and everyday carry, new additions include the 6/TF EVA padded nylon pouch and the eye-catching 10/TF nylon backpack. Cordura also steps onto the scene with the 13/TF shopper, the 12/TF tote and the large 11/TF padded pouch (also available in nylon) which is designed to protect your tech. Water-repellent and versatile in looks and function, these pieces are ready for both work and play environments.
Chic simplicity from QWSTION
When you’re bombarded by overly complicated design and construction, there’s a certain comfort to be had in embracing simple carry. But the Simple Collection from QWSTION doesn’t ask you to sacrifice style or quality. Inspired by Swiss modernist design heritage, the collection has received a chic update with the Simple Office, Simple Ziptote, Simple Pack and Simple Bag now available in QWSTION’s Organic Caribou colorway. Compared to QWSTION’s Standard Collection, the Simple Collection is an attractive alternative for those keen to add QWSTION to their carry quiver on a smaller budget. The bags are constructed using fewer pieces and are not completely lined but offer quality materials, a choice of convenient carry options and plenty of Swiss style.
Welcoming a practical, understated addition to the EDC fold
Rather than resembling something Rambo might wield to defeat his enemies, the knives crafted by the James Brand are elegantly simple and hard-working tools designed for daily use. Forgoing tactical aesthetics in favor of pared-back style, the James Brand offer attractively minimalist and functional takes on the folding knife with their Chapter Knife in straight and serrated options, as well as their new County Knife. Hard-wearing and beautiful materials, solid construction and ease of use make these knives well-considered editions to your EDC.
Shifting the way you carry camera gear
Some of the best photo opportunities can present themselves when you least expect them – and by the time you’ve managed to retrieve your camera from your bag, the opportunity has passed. Available from October, the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L daypack lets you quickly access camera gear from the pack’s back panel, without having to remove the pack first, by swinging the pack to your front while the waist strap keeps it securely attached to your body. The pack also serves as a mobile work station, providing access to the contents without having to put the pack on potentially wet or muddy ground. In addition to space for camera gear, the pack provides front storage for personal items such as a jacket and food, along with dedicated space for a 10-inch tablet and 15-inch laptop. Plus if you need to carry that little bit extra, external attachment points have you covered.