- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 9 November
If you love leather you’re in for a treat with wallets, bags, sleeves and a key holder boasting leather in all its lovely glory. However, we’ve also squeezed in a pack that might be the answer to your organizational cycling needs when you need to carry a change of clothes…
Commuter-friendly cycling collaboration
Timbuk2 teamed up with San Francisco’s Mission Cycling Club, the inner cogs of designer brains started spinning and Timbuk2 have now wheeled out the Especial Raider Backpack. Lightweight and compact with a volume of 18 liters, the Especial Raider pack has a separate top pocket for small items like your phone and wallet. There is dedicated internal storage for shoes and clothes which is handy for work commutes and avoiding looking like you just grabbed crumpled clothes off the bedroom floor when you stroll into the office.
Sleek office styling with a considered commuting approach
With a multitude of carry options and looks that can bowl over even the toughest boardroom brawlers, Sandqvist’s Ane bag means business. Carry it as a briefcase if you want to wow in the office and then sling it over your shoulder messenger-style or carry it as a backpack while you’re on the move. The back straps can be removed completely for a briefcase look or you can use one as the messenger shoulder strap. There’s an exterior pocket concealed under the flap and an interior zipped pocket and the bag will hold up to a 13-inch laptop.
Luxury leather tech and travel carry
There’s a new kid on the block in luxury travel carry – or rather, a new distinguished gentleman with pieces that stride purposefully into the jet set lifestyle. Merging classic design and modern technology carrying needs, Octovo offers iPhone cases, iPad sleeves, wallets and bags constructed out of custom-made Italian vegetable retanned leather and titanium hardware. These pieces are understated, refined and uber stylish but with all this sleek goodness comes a jet set price tag so you may have to sacrifice a holiday to have one. Still, they’re darn good-looking so you might not mind…
A crafted cage for tricky teeth
If you’ve ever let out an undignified yelp of pain or a curse of despair when your keys dig into your leg or go psycho on your phone, you’ll know that they can be nasty little critters if they set their mind to it. The key-carrying conundrum has been around for quite some time and there are a wide range of options for keeping these creatures under control. However, this MOOSE Key Holder is a particularly stylish option constructed out of vegetable-tanned saddle leather. The holder accommodates up to four common household keys, while the exterior clip can attach to the likes of a belt loop or a set of car keys.
TUMI travel companion
TUMI doesn’t mess around when it comes to beautiful design full of functionality and their Fraser Zip-Around Continental nails sophisticated and versatile unisex carry for travel, a night out on the town or daily use. The wrist strap aids with carrying the piece as a clutch or for keeping it safely close to hand while traveling but it can be removed if desired. The external pocket has a snap closure and internally there are card slots and a separate zipped pocket for keeping coins secure. The Fraser Zip-Around Continental doesn’t look cheap because it’s not; however, considering that it’s a high-quality piece that will serve a lifetime of carry needs may just convince you that it’s a worthy entrant to your carry collection.