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Week In Review ~ 21 August
A Mission Workshop collaboration that rolls from the bike to beyond, urban aesthetics with technical prowess from Boreas, and camera bags that focus on adaptability. Welcome to the Week In Review…
Flexbile form for freedom on the go
A bag that works on and off the bike, offers flexible carry options, accommodates a range of loads, and wraps it all up in understated and functional styling? Nailing all of this in a single piece isn’t easy, but Mission Workshop embraced the challenge. How? By teaming up with Carhartt WIP and Pelago to create the 25-liter Rolltop Portuer Duffle Bag. The roll-top design opens wide for easy packing and access, and is complemented by a padded laptop compartment and a host of exterior pockets for organization. The bag’s weatherproof construction takes inclement weather in its stride, while a choice of portability options including front bike rack carry, grab handles, and a removable shoulder strap give you freedom to roam wherever the journey takes you. See the bag in action and the full collaboration here.
Finding the advantage in minimalism
Minimalist design can sometimes be a bit too…well, minimalist. But VON VANTAGE find that balance between pared-back style and functionality, ensuring enough organization that their wallets are both a pleasure to look at and use. Crafted by hand, their range of minimalist leather wallets are slim, stylish and practical. Accessible storage for cards and cash, complemented by durable and attractive vegetable-tanned Italian leather, understated branding and classy aesthetics make these an elegant choice for your EDC essentials.
Outdoor proficiency meets urban aesthetics
Boreas are known for bringing technical details to multifunctional designs. Now they’re bringing urban styling into the mix too with their new Urban Series. The series features new takes on four Boreas pieces across two lines, designed to offer technical performance but cloaked in styles that look at home in urban settings. The Harajuku line comes in a coffee-colored twill, while the Reykjavik line is inspired by glaciers and Iceland’s capital and is constructed out of an original nylon/cotton fabric blend in a light grey colorway. Designs include the Erawan 50L duffel, the Lagunitas backpack, the Topaz 18L backpack, and the Presidio shoulder bag.
Shifting to suit photography needs
Photography requires the ability to adapt to changing conditions to get great shots. The updated Shape Shifter series from Think Tank Photo brings adaptability to camera carry, allowing photographers to expand or contract the bags to suit different loads and environments. The series includes the Shape Shifter 15 V2.0, the Shape Shifter 17 V2.0, and the Naked Shape Shifter 17 V2.0. In addition to space for a laptop, each backpack features dedicated tablet and smartphone pockets, a luggage pass-through sleeve, a removable water bottle pouch, and interior organization to customize carry setups for different needs.