Category Archives: Duffle Bag

A Bag Built Like a Military Truck? It’s Made in Chicago

When you’re reading about men’s style and you see a promo that says “built like a military truck,” you just have to check it out.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!The product was a super-rugged, Made-in-America backpack that’s part of the Military Tarp Collection by Defy Designs of Chicago.  This backpack, along with a duffel shown above, and a weekender bag shown below, are made from the same, ultra-tough 22 oz water-repellent M35 vinyl/canvas used on military vehicles.

Yet, despite their brawn,  these bags still appear sleek and you can go about your day without looking like you’re headed out on a Secret Op.

Straps are padded and made from the same heavy duty webbing material that makes up military seatbelt. The zippers are even water repellent. All of the bags in this collection are designed to meet carry- on requirements and are made in Chicago.

Regards,

Paul

Korchmar Leather Goods: Made in USA for 100 Years

Today, we’d like to celebrate an American family firm that has passed an important milestone: 100 years in business!

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!We’ve mentioned Korchmar before in a discussion on Made in USA dopp kits. This time, we decided to look a little further into this fourth-generation family business that started a century ago in Cincinnati.From the stylish Dunbar valet tray above to the Garfield Bomber Bag shown at the top of the post, the range of leather goods offered by the company is impressive and the prices are relatively affordable compared to other high-end leather goods.

I pride myself on traveling light and I would love to see just how many days worth of gear I could pack into the  beautifully-styled Lux Twain Weekender. The Twain is lined with a 6.4 oz. twill pattern fabric and features brass hardware.If a full leather bag is not your thing, you can always opt for the  waxed canvas/leather combo offered on the Sawyer Briefcase.

Please shop carefully as not all Korchmar items are made in America. The link at the beginning of the post will bring you to  items that are.

To see an inspiring video produced to celebrate Korchmar’s 100th anniversary, go here.

Regards,

Paul

Tom Beckbe OuterWear: Made in USA

I really enjoy the outdoors, especially during the Fall. I can”t wait for the temperature to drop just a bit so I can break out my heavier clothing.  When I saw the items from Tom Beckbe I knew I wanted to bring them to your attention. The product line is geared towards hunters, but these garments and bags have a very multi-purpose feel to them.The Tensaw jacket features a waxed shelter cloth shell, a corduroy-lined collar for warmth and – really nice touch – a  cotton twill lining dyed in Alabama red clay.Not terribly cold out but you need a little protection and some storage pockets? The Kinsman vest has you covered.Looking for a durable duffle to carry your gear? Check out the Canvas Weekender. The bag is made from waxed army duck canvas and features Horween leather trim. It is also has a waterproof liner.If waxed canvas isn’t your thing, you can opt for this beautiful Horween leather Weekender bag that will patina beautifully with age.

Regards,

Paul

60+ American-Made Gifts for Men from Huckberry

I like the online men’s shop Huckberry because of the wide range of products that speak to me and suit my lifestyle. Their Made in USA page has so many things I’d love to own, from clothing and accessories to home goods and travel items. Here are a few of my favorites:gihf3xecxb_north_coast_shirt_jacket_2-0_5_originalouterwearHaving just walked the dog in 20-something degree weather, I figured I would start off with this North Coast Shirt Jacket 2.0 (top) from Edgevale. Made of polyester, wool and  acrylic, it s both wind and water-resistant. Other outerwear options are shown.iklppeu0co_steel_firepit-large_6_originaloutdoorsThe 3/4″ steel Fire Pit from Stahl adds a bit of artistry to the act of hanging out with friends and staying warm.  And there are other products on the page for the outdoor adventurer.otwi1yuxxo_the_chapter_knife-serrated_5_originalSpeaking of the outdoors, this drop point serrated Charter Knife from the James Brand is made from stainless and titanium.bge6w4bfle_6_service_boot_2_originalbootsMotorcycles and boots, perfect together. These are  6″ Service Boots from Chippewa but you can also find classics from Red Wing and Danner on the site as wellnpwplhlb6o_g-i-_joe_duffel_0_originalbagsGotta go somewhere? You’ll find a nice selection of bags and duffles, I can easily see throwing the canvas and leather GI Joe duffle from Hudson Sutler on the back of my bike. izgftzu4ib_travel_kit_2_originaldoppsThe Travel Kit above is from General Knot and features a subtle pattern on the water resistant canvas.
rcrjxrihwc_three_strikes_bat-flamethrower_5_originalDo you need something to claim the space as yours? these bats from Pillbox Bat Co. are too good looking to actually swing at a ball but will look great in your man cave. The Three Strikes-Flamethrower is featured above.06gm2hcunk_quad_wallet-_limited_edition_5_originalwalletsFinally, there is a very broad range of leather goods available on the site: The Quad Wallet is from Tanner Goods and is made from English Bridle Leather.

The above is just a sample of what Huckberry has to offer in American made goods. Once you’re on the site, you’ll see that Made-in-USA items have an American flag designating country of origin, so check it out.

Regards,

Paul

Jackson Wayne Leather Goods Made in USA

We featured Jackson Wayne Leather Goods once before in a post on briefcases which you can read about here, but I wanted to shine a brighter spotlight on them. The reason is that their message of long-lasting, durable products resonated with me and reminded me why we started this blog.

Jackson Wayne uses full grain leather to make products intended to last a lifetime and even be handed down to the next generation. The hides come from the Wicket and Craig tannery in Pennsylvania, one of the oldest in the US. The minimalist designs give a nod to products from the 1920’s to 40’s, so it will still look sharp in the 2020s. Finally, by cutting out the the typical layers of distribution,  you get what you pay for without excessive mark-up. Simply put, these are damn nice leather products that are reasonably priced, hand crafted and made in America!
mbfrontstrapst_grandeThe Messenger Bag and Laptop Satchel features plenty of storage for all your electronic gizmos.

front_w_strap_grandeThe Briefcase features a shoulder strap and antique brass hardware.

Personally, I’m torn between messenger bags and briefcases, both meet my day to day business and travel needs and both look great. What’s a fella to do?dbfrontstrapbk_grande

The Duffle and Weekend Carryall has two inner storage pockets and meets carry on requirements.

A few words about the Jackson Wayne duffle, when I see this bag I picture coming home early on a Friday, throwing some essentials into it and strapping it to my bike for a weekend getaway.71zpfvh8qnl-_ux679_The Billfold, plenty of room for your cards and cash.81cvvq-hupl-_ux679_The Front Pocket Wallet and Card Holder, nice and basic.

The company features two different wallets: a standard billfold and a basic front pocket wallet. My personal preference is the latter, that’s just because it fits with my goal of getting rid of clutter. The more pockets I have, the more likely I am to fill them.

Jackson Wayne alo sells a conditioner for leather. It’s a small investment that will ensure that the leather is soft and supple for years to come.

Regards,

Paul