Basil Racuk Weekender Bag

Basil Racuk Weekender Bag

Leffot recently turned us to Basil Racuk’s latest version of the Weekender bag. It comes in a black oiled tan shell with red calf leather handles and vintage lining. It’s the perfect size for short getaways and the minimalistic design is sure to standout.

It measures 9″ x 23.5″ x 9″ and is made to order through Leffot.

Altadena Works Oak Leaf Horween 802 Rucksack

Altadena Works Oak Leaf Horween 802 Rucksack

We’ve covered the 802 Rucksack from Altadena Works in the past but really feel this finish deserves some undivided attention. For the fall, we think it’s a great colorway and given the drastic changes in weather we’ve been seeing as of late, this rucksack can stand up to it all. It’s made of heavyweight, water repellent Canvas Duck and detailed with Horween Chromexcel leather for added durability. You can see in the image above (image via Edwin Hu) that it breaks in real nice as well. The shoulder straps are constructed of smooth seat belt webbing with wool felt stitched between the two layers for added comfort.

Fall 2010 | Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair x Alstermo Bruk Travel Cases

Fall 2010 | Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair x Alstermo Bruk Travel Cases

Swedish labels Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair and Alstermo Bruk have teamed up for Autumn 2010 for a pair of travel cases. Alstermo Bruk is known for their classic travel cases and also happens to be one of Sweden’s oldest companies dating back to 1804. These two cases deconstruct the outer shape while still keeping the classic detailing and finish of Alstermo Bruk.

The material is a so called amo-fibre with leather details and an interior wooden frame, lined with a vintage check wool fabric. Look for these to be available exclusively at Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair shops and online at

J.W. Hulme Co. | The ’61 Awning Tote

J.W. Hulme Co. | The '61 Awning Tote

As we’ve mentioned before, this past weekend’s Pop Up Flea in NYC was pretty epic. There were some pretty historic brands with some great product on hand. J.W. Hulme Co. brought along a limited edition tote which came to fruition after a loyal customer gave them a call and offered up an old awning they used to make back in 1961.

We paired our favorite American Heritage Leather with the durable canvas awning to make a functional tote. Due to the amount of awning canvas we could salvage we could only make a small run of ten.

We got the opportunity to check these bags up close at The Pop Up Flea but not sure if any of them made it out of there.

Louis Vuitton 2011 City Guides Collection

Louis Vuitton 2011 City Guides Collection

Louis Vuitton has been helping travelers get to their destination since 1854, and hold a true connection with travel ever since they unveiled their first modern trunk. Their dedication to the segment continues with the new edition of Louis Vuitton City Guides, a collection of fluorescent postcards created by artist Ruben Toledo, which highlight the best in food, art, design and fashion in several of the world’s most notable cities.

Louis Vuitton is honouring artist Ruben Toledo’s work with the release of a collector’s set of 100 postcards in fluorescent colours, a real retrospective of the illustrations created for the Louis Vuitton City Guides since 1998. The Postcard Box celebrates the 100 illustrations Toledo has created for the Louis Vuitton City Guides, images that capture in paint the guides’ distinct vision of travel and passion for detail.

The 2011 lineup adds a few cities to the stable including Berlin, Kyoto and Nara alongside London, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, New York and Tokyo. The European City box set is adding seven new destinations to its map: Beirut, Courchevel, Gstaad, Oxford, Palma, Poto Cervo and Thessaloniki.

Alongside the guide books are two-minute clips which outline some of the key destinations for each city. We’ve got New York City after the jump.

Apolis | Vietnam Expedition

Apolis Activism | Vietnam Expedition

Recently, Apolis took a trip to Vietnam to begin developing a long term partnership with the factory responsible for creating Transit Issue, a line of highly durable, travel-focused items offered by Apolis. This trip was taken in hopes of further fortifying the brand’s concept of global citizenship and giving us a look into the culture in which such an amazing collection of products is manufactured.

ACL | Tokyo’s J’Antiques Vintage Store

ACL | Tokyo's J’Antiques Vintage Store

Michael from A Continuous Lean has been keepeing himself busy as he was recently over in Japan and thankfully for us, he didn’t leave his camera at home. He turns us to J’Antiques, an amazing vintage shop located in the Nakameguro district of Tokyo.

In addition to the beautiful merchandising, J’Antiques was stocked with great vintage. The shop has everything from paper goods to vintage military clothes to work wear and a shit-ton of antique furniture.  Granted, a lot of what is for sale there is from the States, but go for the inspiration, go for the wonderful dirty mix of old stuff and go to J’Antiques for that hard to find something that they beat you to.

Check out some of our favorite shots after the jump.

Holiday 2010 | Aether Apparel Winter Accessories

Holiday 2010 | Aether Apparel Winter AccessoriesHoliday 2010 | Aether Apparel Winter Accessories

Just in time for this cold weather (and of course the Holidays), Los Angeles-based Aether Apparel has released some fine winter accessories to help us get through the coldest of days. Atop the list is Aether’s 100% cashmere hat which features a fisherman’s rib stitch. It’s available in a black or charcoal finish. The company’s latest scarf is a great pickup as it’s made from a two-layer construction and is reversible with contrasting colors. The scarf’s also 100% cashmere and comes in a charcoal/black or charcoal/navy color combination.

The standout piece from Aether’s latest batch of accessories has to be their first ever travel bag. It’s waterpoof, resistant to extreme temperatures, abrasion and cracks, and is made from heavy duty composite material normally used on skirts of hovercraft vehicles. Yes, hovercrafts.

These fine products alongside the rest of Aether Apparel’s fall collection, are available now online and in select retailers.

Patagonia Down Sweater Full-Zip Hoody

Patagonia Down Sweater Full-Zip Hoody

Patagonia‘s hooded down jacket is ultralight with highly-compressible down insulation, making it a great pickup for the colder months ahead of us. It comes an array of finishes but we dig this blue shell with red trimmings. It’s also perfect for travel; just compress and toss into your bag and pull it out when needed.

Winter Edition | QWSTION Herringbone Collection

Winter Edition | QWSTION Herringbone Collection

Zurich-based QWSTION has been making outstanding, functional travel gear since 2006, consistently delivering goods we’d enjoy lugging around, not dread. For the fall, they’ve released their most iconic pieces such as the Backpack, Officebag and the Weekender in herringbone shells with functional coating. If you want to standout from the pack, this should definitely do the trick, no matter what the destination.

This limited edition collection is available now at QWSTION.