Beautiful and would only be more so over time. Designed by Aránzazu Moreno Berriochoa, Sofía Uquillas Zuloaga, and Alejandra Salvatore of the Madrid based studio Antiatoms the Antiatoms Handbag is exceedingly simple and a lovely play on the disappearing brown paper bag we are used to be familiar with. Made from leather this would be amazing to hold, use and would give a whole new meaning to “brown bagging it”.
Antiatoms Hand Bags. Via Minimalissimo.
C.dellstrand have a whole catalogue of tasty luxious work but I want to show you this one because, to steal the word Carryology used to describe another similar bag, it looks the most ‘buttery.’ Made from one piece of of cow leather, hand cut and sewn with details in brass. If logos mater – it’s stamped by hand.
Use this as a decoration in your appointed Mercedes or fly with it containing some kind of slim device like an iPad or MacBook Air.
Modern and edgy, YKK zippers, inspired by Japanese culture, full grain leather and even room for some kind of iPad or laptop. Love.
I love the simplicity of this all leather tote bag. With thick ground leather, which I’m sure is buttery soft, this bag would last a lifetime. It looks fantastic now but will only get better with age.
I’ve been eyeing their New Amsterdam Overnight Bag for some time but this handsome leather gym bag, found via @acquire, with it’s understated aesthetic is my new favorite from their collection. The bag features leather in brandy, with top zip and flat leather handles, exterior zipper pocket, two snap-close pockets at sides and a fabric lined interior with side zipper pocket. Those zipper pulls could use some length but otherwise it looks great.
Rag & Bone Gym Bag
I love the simplicity of this carry-all. Made from stiff brown cow skin leather with a matte finish yhis bag features a doubled shoulder strapp for carrying comfort and folded bottom for a flexible capacity. Hand stitched and made to order.
This is how I remember handmade leather bags that saw growing up. Great unique piece which will develop a handsome patina over time.
Brown Leather Double Strapped Shoulder Bag
While too sweet for my yellow ride this bike frame bag from Billy Kirk would be an absolutely beautiful piece of kit to store the little essentials; things to fix a flat, a snack and/or your iPhone. Handmade in the USA, Billy Kirk’s bag attaches securely with adjustable belt style straps and closes with a double button tab closure.
No material works as well in a variety of settings with as much style.
Canvas and felt I love, but there is something inspiring about the lasting quality and handsome patina of leather. A leather bag reminds me of my youth and my leather boots, baseball glove and the bags I had later to carry my trumpets.
Here is a small collection of quality handmade leather goods, perfect for traveling to the Café or to the transit lounge, made by companies where you might actually know the name of the person who made it.
Ghurka Express bag
Founded in 1975, Ghurka has become one of the most distinguished makers of fine leather goods in America. Ghurka’s exceptional bags feature the finest materials, enduring American design, elegant hardware, and a distinctive look and feel that will never date.
The Ghurka Express bag is one of their first designs and a true classic. It features a roomy interior, numerous pockets, loops for an umbrella, luggage tag and an adjustable padded shoulder strap. This is a perfect bag for short getaways and with all the pockets a breeze to pack.
Ghurka Express bag
The bag has been made from a single peace of leather, modelled and shaped with the technique that gives the structure to the leather in the way that it doesn’t need any support or reinforcement, even on the very different and complex structures. Thanks to the leather master from Naples, Pasquale Di Sarno, who has been using the same technique trough decades, we have realized the first bag of a long series, we hope, using this traditional method.
I hope this is a long series too. Very interesting.
It’s a perfect fusion of understated style, practical details and hard wearing materials. The cow napa leather has a silky sheen and is very resistant to wear and stretch; the green stitching provides subtle detail and designates the interior pockets from the outside; and the handle provides an easy way to lift the bag without spilling its contents. The adjustable and comfy strap has a natural twist which rests easily on the shoulder. And the turquoise blue lining means no more black holes. A serious piece of design from the master.
Found via byja.com this two piece snap-on protective leather shell from macally is ‘specially’ designed for your MacBook. Suede inner lining to prevent scratches to your MacBook while still providing access to all ports and CD/DVD slot. Has ventilated rear to minimize heat built-up. Available in designer red or executive black. $30.00US.
I own modular bags – bags made with future purchases in mind. Bags that connect together and allow for future additions for specific purposes. None of these bags look good, they are techie and completely without a refined style. The For bag is one of the first I have seen of this caliber that let you have fun changing your bag for specific uses.
‘For’ comes in three parts that zip together horizontally. Available in three colours, enabling customization and separate use of the top section as a smaller handbag. Full leather body and shoulder straps, nickel and stainless steel hardware.
$495.00 AUD from Ecsotype.
The nicest bag I will likely never own. The chelsea cargo sling is reminiscent of the custom leather bags that were so popular with many of my friends in the 80s. Reminiscent in terms of craftmanship and quality but certainly not in style and price. If you look at it as a long term investment the $770.00US price might gain a new perspective.
Handcrafted from genuine Italian leather. Metal zip closure, antiqued hardware and adjustable buckle strap. Interior features include zip compartment, multi-functional slip pockets, pen loop and key clip. Lined with our vibrant Japanese-motif cotton print. Protective cotton dustcover for storage.
You can purchase this beautiful bag direct from Begeren for $770.00US.