For the last few months my inspirations have started shifting sharply, from architecture to fashion, I guess I’ve caught the sartorial bug. So now I always keep my eye out for good buys, clothing and accessories that aren’t too expensive but will still look great. When I saw this great weekender bag by Deerfield on Urban Outfitters, I knew it fit my requirements.
First of it’s a faux grey leather, and I’m slightly obsessed with grey leather at the moment, so that’s a plus. Then there’s the fact that it’s only $48, which is way cheap. I also think the pattern of the lining is pretty sharp as well. I really wanted to use this for my Thanksgiving trip home this week, so I tried stopping by two UO’s today, but sadly they only carry the black and tan versions in store. Bummer.
So this one might not fall under fashion, but in my brain this is a natural progression. Lately I’ve really been wanting to get a bike, especially with gas being as high it is and not having a job, a bike would be a mighty helpful thing to own. Seeing the bikes that Freeman are putting together then is making me drool with lust. Hand built in Missoula, Montana, these bikes aren’t just any ordinary fixed gear bike, this bike can be taken apart with one simple tool and folded into a bag. Basically the frame breaks in half, allowing you to then take all of the pieces and neatly put them away.
I think this is a really rad idea, especially for people who travel a lot and want their bike with them. Plus look at that bag! It’s totally rad! Hopefully over the next few years bikes will continue on this innovative path, especially with recent economic developments. If more people start riding bikes, it can only help things.
Found through UO Blog
Continuing the fashion trend are Billykirk, comprised of brothers William and Chris Kirkland who make some really amazing leather bags and accessories. Together they trained under a third generation leather maker for 3 years, eventually moving out to the east coast where they now work with Amish leather workers who help manufacture their pieces. Their leather is vegetable dyed because it results in a better finish over time, and it’s much more environmentally friendly than chrome dying.
In their shop they carry bags, wallets, cuffs, card cases, belts, and compatibles, anything you might be look for. My favorites were their bags, as you can see above. The one at top is based on a World War Two Belgian map case that they made a bit larger to fit more modern day conveniences. I love the color of it, and I would imagine it looking even better after it’s aged and been scuffed up. The other is a large travel bag that I think is absolutely sexy. I would imagine if you traveled with this bag you’d get looks from people with obvious luggage-envy. Really beautiful stuff.
Reading through the newest issue of GOOD Magazine I spotted an ad for TRKFLD bags and I was instantly curious. The logo has sort of a retro/contemporary feel, not to mention that the bag was pretty cool looking as well. I popped over to their website and they’re definitely not fooling around, sporting 19 different styles of bags with multiple colorways and 5 different accessories as well. Everything is made out of Sunbrella fabric, which is “100% solution-dyed acrylic” and is made to be “fade resistant, water repellent and breathable.” Not bad for a company that started only a few months back!
I posted pictures of my favorite bags up there. The first one that the guy holding is… the Bobby. If that’s not fate, I don’t really know what is. I’ve honestly been looking for a smaller bag to throw my camera and flash and misc. items into for a while, and this would be totally perfect. I definitely want to buy this bag, but I’m not really sure if I want the warm colors version or the cool version, so what do you guys think? What I do know, is that I hope the guy modeling the bag comes with it…
The other bag is called Mi, and to me looks sort of like an over-sized tennis racket bag without the handle, which I think is pretty rad. I also really like the horizontal stripes on the bag, especially the thick blue and white version. It’s so 80′s yuppie/nautical but with a twist, which is definitely starting to come back into style.
The bags run around $80 or so which isn’t bad at all, especially because they look like they’d last about 20 years. Definitely check out their site and see all the styles they have, I’m sure everyone could find something they like.
I was checking out Mr. Dan Funderburgh’s blog over on 12ozPROPHET and saw that he had a recent collaboration with Gravis that looks pretty rad. They covered a bunch of their bags (in male and female varities) with his geographical weather map pattern and they look absolutely awesome. As much as I want to be sick of camo-type patterns, this looks totally fresh and amazing. Head over to Gravis to check out all the different styles, lots of great stuff to choose from. Now I just need a reason to buy more luggage…