Usually, you plan a trip and then figure what to pack.
But some journeys start with the bag you’re using. Like the Grove from Ghurka, a duffle so eye-poppingly handsome, it’s going to dictate where and how you travel.
Quick history lesson: Named for the famed Nepalese fighting force and inspired by the “rugged elegance” and craftsmanship of the camping gear used by the force’s commanders, Ghurka’s been handcrafting handsome leather wares since 1975, using artisans in Norfolk, CT, as well as northern Italy and southern Spain.
It’s quality stuff, but you’re paying for it. A leather backpack, for example, could set you back $1300.
So when the brand has a 50% off deal on anything, you take a look. Like now: The Grove Rugged Leather Duffel Bag will certainly turn heads, and not just for the reduced price. The orange petrol stripe in the bag’s center contrasts beautifully with the black leather shell.
Not a lot of bells and whistles here: The Grove features elongated top handles (with a 9” drop), an adjustable shoulder strap, two exterior side pockets and one interior pocket. The lining is cotton twill, and the whole thing is handcrafted in Italy — where you should sit it by your side on any and all road trips in your Alfa Romeo, cruising up and down the Amalfi Coast.
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