Daily Telegraph - August 2020
Durable kit for a staycation summer
"The unpredictability of international travel, coupled with a patriotic desire to support the British tourism industry, has driven many of us to to ditch our customary fortnight in the sun in favour of weekend staycations that won’t lead us too far from home. But travel by road or rail calls for a different set of luggage considerations to those when flying. As is the case with anything that combines form with function, the devil is in the detail, and hard-wearing, flexible fabrications certainly make for a weekend bag that will stand the test of time (and improve with age). Waxed cotton canvas and twill are light to carry, durable and easy on the eye. Minimalist Canadian brand Herschel Supply Co has some great canvas options, the Outfitter being a very practical style in my opinion. Other labels worth exploring include Ally Capellino, The Cambridge Satchel Company and Bennett Winch; Capellino’s Freddie model is coated in a special wax-finish to make it sufficiently wet-weather-resistant. Technical nylon is another tried and trusted solution for getting your bits from A to B in one piece. Scandi firm Rains has some great examples at accessible prices, while Arket’s 72-hour, three-way duffle, crafted from water resistant Cordura nylon, transforms into a shoulder bag and rucksack. Nylon can look classy and refined, Aspinal of London’s Anderson bag is spearheading a trend for juxtaposing utilitarian style with luxury touches. Leather, however, is the way to go if you are looking to invest in something that will grow old gracefully. Marks & Spencer’s premium leather weekender (£111.75) from its Autograph collection and Next’s signature oiled leather holdall (£160) both look a million dollars. I’ve found the ultimate bag for me from Zara, and for under £60 it’s a winner."