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Next winter, that retro puffer you shelled out for this year may be out of style again. Come summer, the masses may side-eye your eccentric camp collar closet. But no one — we repeat, no one — will do anything but nod approvingly at a classic waxed canvas and leather duffel.
For that jetsetting staple, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better craftsmen than the folks at BillyKirk. Consider their wares the Daniel Craig of bags: not only do they age gracefully, they somehow look better after they’ve been beaten up a bit (their slogan is “the proof is in the patina,” after all). And one of their best leather travel bags, their No. 479 20” Carryall in Ash, is currently $165 off.
As to your first question: yes, this is carry-on approved (at 20-inches wide by 11-inches tall). But that extends to more than just the sizing. The one-two punch exterior combo of full-grain, vegetable tanned bridle leather and 20-ounce waxed canvas make it an ideal companion for any far-flung destination — come rain, sleet, snow, sand or sunscreen. But should you be set in the full-size carryall department, there is a smaller 16-by-11-inch version of this bag also discounted $148 down to $347.
And to all you rolling bag advocates, let me just say, as an avowed duffel devotee, I’ve never been hung up by a wobbly, gunked up or broken wheel. Just sayin’.
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