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.

Billykirk Schoolboy Satchel

Billykirk Schoolboy Satchel

Honestly, there’s not much to say about this satchel except that it’s the closest you’ll get to timeless. The vegetable tanned leather looks great in both finishes and is sure to break in proper. The inside of Billykirk‘s latest creation has room for a 15″ laptop and also features another compartment for everything else.

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Nom de Guerre Oversized Military Backpack

Nom de Guerre Oversized Military BackpackNom de Guerre Oversized Military Backpack

We didn’t catch a glimpse of this oversized military backpack in Nom de Guerre’s Fall/Winter 2010 lookbook but it’s definitely worth a look. The deep olive cotton canvas shell is perfect for the fall and the functionality just sets it apart from the pack. Internally this bag fastens with a drawstring, secured with a fold over, buckle fastening panel. There are two additional outer pockets. Shoulder straps are adjustable to fit.

Preview | hard graft 2Pack & 3Fold Bags

Preview | hard graft 2Pack & 3Fold Bags

hard graft gives us a preview of their new 2Pack body bag as well as the second edition of the 3Fold, which sold out pretty quickly the first time around. The 2Pack marks a revival of the across body bag with a nod to the working man’s tool belt. It’s look great so far and we personally can’t wait to check this piece out in the flesh. It’s never easy taking a successful product like the 3Fold to new heights when the initial version was so well-received but we think hard graft has done it with v2. The concept behind the bag is as strong as each of the three guises. A flat laptop bag turns A2 portfolio case turns large overnighter – perfect for embracing life to the full and being flexible from day to day.

Both bags are in the final stages of development so look for them to drop before year’s end.