What's New, What's Hot: December 2017


Saddleback Side Pocket Leather Duffel: You won't find a more handsome or classier carryall than this one from the Saddleback Leather Co. in Fort Worth, Texas. The duffel, whose exterior dimensions are 20.25 by 10 by 11.25 inches, is more than substantial enough to accommodate everything necessary for a weekend away or, for that matter, a week in the country (if you pack judiciously). One large interior pocket, for example, can be pressed against the duffel's wall to create useable space, while one rear and two side exterior pockets offer plenty of room for gear. The bag, which features a three- or five-strap closure system for as much security as you desire, can be carried by its topside handle or worn cross-body. The straps, incidentally, have no breakable parts such as zippers, snaps or buttons. The leather is available in light brown, dark brown, chestnut and black. One caveat: Although Saddleback says the duffel features an "updated, lighter design," it weighs 8.3 pounds, which is not as light as all that. $790; www.saddlebackleather.com.

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Shorewood Leather Briefcase: Solo New York is debuting this impressive leather briefcase from its Roadster collection. Just the thing for the earnest business traveler, the Shorewood is as practical as it is good looking. Among its attributes are a full-grain pebble leather exterior, a fully padded 15.6-inch laptop compartment, an internal tablet pocket, two front pockets, a front-zippered pocket with an organizer and key clip, a heavy twill lining, metal hardware and a removable, adjustable shoulder strap. One extra convenience: a back panel that slides over a luggage handle for easy airport transport. The Shorewood Briefcase, which measures 12.5 by 16 by 3 inches and weighs 2.75 pounds, comes in black, with brown accents. $214.99; solo.net.

National Geographic Africa Midi Satchel: This rugged camera bag can handle an iPad-like notebook but really is designed for those diehard photographers who still take a DSLR or camcorder with them to capture their travel adventures. The Midi Satchel, which is made for National Geographic, is constructed from water-proof cotton with a polyurethane coating and has a leather trim and polyester internal fabric. The khaki-colored bag has a fold-over zippered top cover, shoulder straps and several external pockets. It measures a tidy 11.75 by 5 by 5.25 inches and weighs 2.31 pounds. $139; www.nationalgeographic.com.

Fjallraven Splitpack: With the tug of a zipper, this unique backpack opens into twin main compartments. Zippered mesh walls keep your belongings in place, easily viewed and accessible, enabling the separation of laundry or wet goods. In addition, the descriptively named Splitpack offers three internal zippered mesh pockets, two zippered external pockets, large handles on both ends and a main zipper than can be secured with a padlock. Made from rugged recycled polyester and cotton, the bag has padded shoulder straps and a padded back panel to ease the strain on the wearer. It measures 22 by 19 by 22 inches, weighs 2.5 pounds and is available in a variety of colors. $175; www.fjallraven.com.

Arden Cove Travel Crossbody: This line of stylish travel bags is designed to protect your belongings from both bad weather and bad actors. Constructed with waterproof nylon and zippers, the Travel Crossbody boasts an RFID-blocking, built-in wallet; locking zippers; a cut-proof, detachable strap; and slash-resistant fabric lining. A crossbody combo pack features a full-size bag (8.5 by 6.5 by 2.5 inches) that includes credit card and bill slots, two wall pockets and an interior D-ring to attach a keychain, and a mini bag (6.5 by 4.5 by 2.25 inches) with several of the same attributes. $199; https://ardencove.com.

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