- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 3 July
A tech-oriented bag that takes an active lifestyle in its stride, a different approach to traditional bag construction, and a startup that aims to deliver luxury quality without the luxury price tag. Welcome to the Week In Review…
Taking a stand against disposable carry
Many bags on the market fall into the category of fast fashion. But Dereks doesn’t believe in a fast approach that results in uninspiring and discardable designs. Instead this small workshop carefully crafts each piece by hand, building bags that are made to last with hard-wearing waxed canvas. Intriguing silhouettes team up with versatile designs that lend themselves to a variety of everyday, outdoor and travel uses. Discover the Dereks range here.
Tuck flexible EDC into your daily routine
An EDC bag should be easy to use, able to hold everything you need for the day, and offer a little added flexibility for changing carry needs. Timbuk2’s Vault Backpack, Gist Pack and Tuck Pack tick all the boxes. The Vault Backpack fits up to a 15″ laptop and offers a choice of pockets including a convenient front access pocket. The Gist Pack is inspired by a classic military rucksack and fits a 13″ laptop. The Tuck Pack also accommodates a 13″ laptop and provides a roll-top design for squeezing in that little bit extra as required. The packs are available now, with additional fabrics and colorways arriving later this Fall.
A level playing field for tech and sport carry
Life gets busy. Often you need to carry tech and active gear at the same time to accommodate a hectic schedule. And Incase gets that. So they’ve created the Limited Edition Sport Field Bag. Designed to organize tech and active gear for life on the go, the bag fits a 15″ laptop and includes a ventilated isolated ball compartment that can also serve as a wet/dry storage space. For further flexibility the internal conversion compartment can be collapsed in order to provide additional storage space if you don’t need to carry a ball.
Bringing striking construction into the fold
A lot of bags use stitching. Some use welding. But Sixfold takes a different approach. Their bags feature a patent-pending fold-and-weave system that creates a distinct and eye-catching aesthetic. Case in point the new Sixfold Tote. The bag’s pattern is laser cut from a single hide and doesn’t feature any sewing or securing hardware. Constructed from vegetable-tanned leather from a family-owned tannery in Pennsylvania, the tote includes an oiled American walnut insert for enhanced structure and resilience.
Having the luxury of transparency
It’s no secret that luxury carry costs a lot of money to buy. What is secret though are the production costs and markups. Oliver Cabell was founded to offer an alternative – high-quality goods that cost a fraction of the cost of luxury goods. But not content to stop there, the brand also provides consumers with complete transparency, revealing their suppliers, factories and production costs. Through in-house design, working directly with Italian factories and only selling their goods online, Oliver Cabell cuts out unnecessary costs, a saving that consumers benefit from. Learn more here.