- Buyer's Guide
The Carry Awards: East Dane Selects…
While we’re all locked in a room, frantically counting the thousands of votes for our Sixth Annual Carry Awards, East Dane, purveyors of all things luxe and premium, have been busy too. Casting their knowledgeable eye over swathes of carry to pick out their top recommendations for pieces that really shine. Discover their top picks for Best Work Shoulder Bag, Best Carry-On Bag and Best Work Backpack below…
Best Everyday Bag: master-piece Potential v2 Shoulder Bag
The bumbag is back with a vengeance. And for anyone interested in committing to the trend—i.e. those who keep it simple and are unfazed by the term “fanny pack”—master-piece has you covered. Design-wise, the idea is the same as it’s always been: one large zippered compartment fits everything you need on hand at all times (phone, keys, wallet), while an exterior zip pocket provides a sliver of extra space for miscellaneous essentials, like chewing gum, Chapstick, or Coachella tickets. What sets master-piece’s bag apart is that it’s made of a durable ballistic weave and trimmed in leather, adding a style-forward city feel to an ostensibly throwback item. Just sling it on and go.
Best Carry-On Bag: Troubadour Leather Weekender
Long summer weekends are right around the corner. Enter Troubadour’s ultra-sleek weekender. These beautifully simple bags are made of vegetable-tanned Italian leather, which is naturally waterproof and practically guaranteed to look better with age (unlike the gym bag you might be using on getaways now). The interior, lined with sturdy cotton canvas, is spacious enough for a couple days’ worth of clothes—plus a dopp kit—and features a tech sleeve and zip pocket to keep all your valuables in place. If you’re looking for something on the grown-up side, this is a great place to start.
Best Work Backpack: Arc’teryx Veilance Nomin 2.0
Arc’teryx nail technical designs that find a great balance between form and function. Their Nomin 2.0 is a fine example of this, with minimalist aesthetics that adapt easily to formal and casual settings alike. Durability and weather protection are key, with taped seams and a weatherproof exterior and zippers providing a reliable barrier against the elements. Two compartments keep tech, documents and smaller items organized for life on the move, knowing Arc’teryx has your back with this trusty pack.